Why I Drink Mate

My morning routine is having warm lemon water with my yerba mate. Yerba Mate is a drink from South America. I have been drinking it since I was a baby, and I even have pictures to prove it!

Yerba mate was something that was always around, but I really became an enthusiast when I got pregnant and was told to get off coffee. You see, while yerba has some caffeine, it does not have the huge high and crash that coffee does.

But, the most lovely thing about drinking mate is the ritual, or routine of it all. You drink it out of a cup or gourd called a mate, and sip it out of a metal diffuser straw or bombilla. There is a "specialness" about it. There is a hand "feel" about it. There is something to this drinking of mate that brings on a feeling of "treating yourself" and doing something special. It is more than just dunking a tea bag in hot water.

In the quiet of the morning, it elevates my experience. In the afternoon, it helps me have a bit more focus and mental clarity to attack a project I have been putting off. If you haven't tried it, you are missing out.