Kind of coincidentally, I was researching holly today, and came across this:
"Several holly species are used to make caffeine-rich herbal teas. The
South American Yerba Mate (I. paraguariensis) is boiled... and steeped
in water [and]... its leaves have the highest known caffeine content of
any plant. In North and Central America, Yaupon (I. *vomitoria*), was
used by southeastern Native Americans as a ceremonial stimulant and
emetic known as "the black drink". As the name suggests, the tea's
purgative properties were one of its main uses, most often ritually."
Ceremonial barfing.... I guess you don't wear your Mary Janes and new white
tights to church....Sometimes I wonder if religion is the illegitimate love
child of demagoguery and fear, while the latter was married to boredom.
Yaupon is, IIRC, native up through Texas and I think other areas of the US
SouthWest. I have one in my back yard, tho' it's only about 9' tall at
this point. I read somewhere that British naturalists gave it the Linnean
name of *Ilex vomitoria* because they were trying to discourage its use,
and that it's not necessarily a purgative unless one isn't accustiomed to
the high levels of stimulants in it.
I'm thinking of trying the Tea thing...if I buzz around like a maniac,
maybe it'll help me lose weight ;)
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