Guarana Seeds (Paullinia Cupana)
Guarana is a native of the Amazon forest. Its taste is very similar to strong coffee. The plant has been used medicinally for its stimulants, nervine, astringent, and appetite depressant properties. Its main ingredient guaranine (caffeine) is what gives it its coffee taste.
The primary use for the Guarana is to increase the level of energy. However, you will also see the seeds mentioned in many weight loss formulas as this is an effective appetite depressant. It promotes weight loss by the dual action of reducing appetite and improving metabolism.
In many regions, this herb’s seeds have been used as an aphrodisiac, as it is known to enhance libido and strengthen erections. It is also used to boost the immune system.
Guarana seeds are also known to improve intellectual performance, and learning power and reduce stress effects. It increases blood circulation and also improves reflexes. It is also recognized for its capacity to treat headaches and migraines.
The seeds are used to treat a number of digestive problems including diarrhea, gas, and bloating. It also facilitates the elimination of toxins through urine.
🡆Be aware that in high doses the Guarana seeds may increase blood pressure and cause heart palpitations; hence, it is contraindicated for anyone who suffers from high blood pressure. If taken at night, it may cause anxiety and insomnia.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!