Plant Use: This potent fruit, named after the Guarani tribe in the Amazon, contains an impressive range of stimulants and antioxidants including caffeine, guaranine, and theobromine. Today the active ingredients are commonly found in energy drinks. Traditionally, Guarana is used to increase energy and mental performance as well as supporting all aspects of health, weight loss and a healthy metabolism.
Plant Preparation: Infusion- make a nourishing cup of tea
Powder– add to teas, smoothies, and decoctions
Properties: Stimulant, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, cognitive health
Energetics and taste: Astringent, bitter
Scientific name: Paullinia cupana
Common names: Brazilian cocoa, ‘Zoom’.
Part Used: Seed
Contraindications and cautions; With all herbs it is important you do your own research before consuming them. Although many herbs are generally safe to use, some herbs may have interactions with medication or be unsuitable to take during pregnancy.