We are sure you'll know that guayusa has become popular in the U.S.A. as a clean, naturally caffeinated energy drink.
Beyond brewing as a hot tea, extracts of the leaves are used to make other products, such as ready to drink flavoured cold teas, in cans and bottles.
We only have to look at the latest flavours from Runa to see the traction this amazing leaf is getting in the commercial world.
You'll also be aware that, before the relatively recent popularisation of guayusa as a delicious, energising beverage, guayusa has long been revered by people of the Amazon, such as the Kichwa.
This article from Vice tells us that, for the Kichwa people, it has functions beyond a natural source of caffeine. These include it being a stomach tonic, diuretic, providing relief for body aches and believing it to increase fertility.
The Kichwa also use it in the interpretation of dreams, gathering together before the dawn breaks, sharing the stories of their dreams before starting their daily activities.
Back in December, we had a message from one of our customers who was very excited to tell us about an event he was planning - a traditional guayusa tea ceremony. He asked if we'd be able to help out with the promotion of the event.
The event will be held by leading shamanic teacher, healer, speaker, community activist and author of three Amazon bestsellers, Itzhak Beery.
The event will take place in Barnes, West London, on Friday, May 4th 2018 (7-10pm) at the Barnes Green Centre, The Green, Church Road, Barnes, London, SW13 9HE.
Itzhak will lead the group in a special traditional ceremony, where the attendees will honour the guayusa tree spirit with chants, songs and music.
You can learn more about the event here, and if you are interested in attending please contact Christian Thurow using the details below:
Phone: 0777 5010880
You'll also see that, in tandem with the evening guayusa tea ceremony, there is a wider programme of events led by Itzhak taking place at the same venue over a three day period.