Rio Amazon Espinheira Santa Tea
Also known as 'Chuchuwasi'
Espinheira Santa may be consumed after meals, and has a very pleasant taste
Espinheira Santa (Maytenus Ilicifolia) is a small, shrubby evergreen tree growing to heights of around 5m, with leaves and berries that resemble those of the European Holly. It is native to Southern Brazil and many other parts of South America.
Espinheira Santa is part of a large genus of plants, many of which have been used medicinally by indigenous tribes. In Brazil it is commonly consumed as a leaf tea after meals.
Espinheira Santa has a very pleasant taste – and can be used as a simple herbal infusion.
Infuse 1 teabag in a cup of boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Consume after a main meal.
Pure shredded leaves of Espinheira Santa (Maytenus Ilicifolia)