Yerba Mate is harvested in South America from a plant that is a member of the holly family. Mate leaves can (and should) be infused multiple times. The leaves should be consumed within the same day as the original infusion. Traditional consumption of Mate is done by leaving the leaves in a hollowed out gourd with hot water. The liquid is then drunk through a straw (bombilla) that has small holes to strain out the leaves. The Mate plant naturally contains caffeine. Mate should be prepared using non-boiling water (around 180 degrees Ferenheit) and 1 teaspoon per 8oz cup. Each of the Serene Teaz Mate blends includes specific steeping instructions. Enjoy!