Ilex guayusa is a sacred leaf that has been brewed in the Amazon for centuries. It provides you a rejuvenating burst of energy, different from coffee or other caffeinated teas. The people of the Ecuadorean Rainforest describe it as “ancient energy”.

Guayusa is naturally packed with caffeine, antioxidants, polyphenols, plus essential amino acids, making it energizing and nutritious. Unlike green and black teas, Guayusa contains no tannins, so it is astringent free. Instead, it has a distintive smooth and sweet taste.

Traditional Uses

Indigenous peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon use guayusa leaves to make an energizing beverage. It contains enough caffeine to give natural energy to the body and soul throughout the day. The Tsáchila Community (indigenous group native to the coastal region of Ecuador) traditionally use guayusa leaves for healing and spiritual activities.

How Guayusa Grows

Being that Guayusa is native to the Amazon, it grows naturally in the jungle areas. Indigenous peoples currently grow guayusa in agroforestry systems (Chakras). This way of farming allows the farmer to have more sustainable production. In Santo Domingo the Tsachilas have affirmed that Guayusa has been grown and used in their territory for decades, however; since it was mostly used by Pone (shaman) in their community for spiritual activities, it is not known whether it is native to the region or was brought many years ago.