Guayusa (Gwhy-you-sa) is an Amazonian super-leaf that balances caffeine with an abundance of polyphenol antioxidants, providing a clean and steady energy to restore vitality and enliven your day.
It is a longstanding cultural tradition among indigenous Kichwa families to gather before dawn and drink guayusa. During this early-morning ritual, family members share dreams, myths, and legends. Hunters also drink guayusa before nighttime hunting trips in order to become acutely aware and focused – for this reason guayusa is often called “The Night Watchman.”
The guayusa used to brew Runa’s beverages is grown exclusively by indigenous farming families. The guayusa is grown in biodiverse forest gardens called “chacras,” interspersed among other crops and vegetation. It is a shade-grown plant that cannot flourish on cleared land – instead, it needs to be located beneath taller trees. Thus, the growing of guayusa provides an incentive to maintain the rainforest.
The compounds found in guayusa offer a wide range of holistic health benefits from calming the nervous system to cardiovascular health.
Traditionally, indigenous families wake up together at dawn to drink guayusa. They sit around the communal fire drinking gourds full of guayusa until sunrise.