Mate Coca is the most powerful tea of all world. It is unique to Peruvian culture.
During my research on herbs, I’ve gathered many useful information about herbs and importance of some herb kinds for some cultures and subcultures. Mate coca is one of these. Until March 20, I had no knowledge on Mate Coca tea and it’s benefits. I came across the information about Mate Coca while I was researching on benefits of green tea. Without delay, I would like to start my essay about Mate Coca.
Mate coca, or with it’s common name Coca tea, is made from the leaves of Coca plant. The natural habitat of Coca plant is the Andes Mountains, especially Peru. This very beneficial tea has been drunk by Peruvian people who has been living in Andes Mountains for more than 4000 years. It had a great importance in ancient Peruvian cultures and subcultures. Coca tea was used for medicinal and religious purposes by some ancient tribes living in Peru.Some common names of Coca in these ancient tribes’ languages are Epadu, Hayo, Ypadu and Spadic. Besides Peru, it is cultivated in Venezuela, Boliva, Brazil and Colombia. It was also used for magical purposes by Shamans.
The scientific name of Mate Coca is Erythroxylum Coca. It grows to a height of 4 to 6 meters. The leaves are green or greenish brown. They are usually glossy, smooth, opaque and elliptical. The roots of Mate Coca can penetrate 3 or 4 meters into soil since this plant is very hardy. The leaves contain starch, protein, dextrin, volatile oils, fibre and some kind of sugars.
It is mainly used to increase the physical energy level of the body. Due to this, it is mostly used to struggle against pain, thirst and hunger. It is used rampantly by miners and farmers. Several benefits of Mate Coca can be listed as:
- It is used in the treatment of some burns and skin diseases.
- It is used in the treatment of vertigo since it increases the absorption of oxygen in blood.
It is used to relieve the pain, particularly headaches.