Rainforests provide a wealth of natural diversity to our world. In the jungles of Ecuador, the magic of the guayusa leaf sleeps. Learn more about the guayusa plant, this ceremony and our journey!
As the world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon is home to more plant species than any other green space on the planet. With only 2% of the Amazon's total area, Ecuador’s 62 acres of rainforest holds over 1,000 plant species, all living in balance with hundreds of mammals, reptiles, birds and fish. Guayusa is an endemic plant species of Ecuador, and more than 98% of the world’s supply lies within its forests.
Legend has it that this plant embodies the jaguar, a symbol of intelligence and strength. By no means a large plant in scale, guayusa grows holly with its jungle neighbours and can grow up to 30 meters tall. It’s bright green oval shaped leaves flower small red leaves upon maturing.
The guayusa leaf itself holds health benefits, including antioxidants, adaptogens, natural energy and anti-inflammatory properties.
The guayusa tradition is held sacred by the Indegenous who inhabit Ecuador, having been harvested for centuries and creating a ceremony built around dream sharing, hunting and natural health. The Kichwa people hand pick the guayusa leaves, which grow naturally in the shade and iron rich soils of the ecuadorian territory. Dried and cured outside, they are boiled and brewed over an open fire, and its natural caffeine is enjoyed with their early morning routine.
Starting as early as 4am, Kichwa people reconnect with their mornings and build their days upon the guayusa ceremony. Everyone shares their dreams with the Taita (oldest and wisest member of the community), who provides lessons and guidance. Once everyone has had their guayusa, they proceed to plan the day ahead and start energized.
Waykana has infused the traditions and natural healthy energy of the guayusa for you to fuel, focus and balance any time of day. Working directly with the Kichwa people, Waykana is proud to bring you only the very best guayusa leaf from Ecuador, with our special blends that provide healthy ways to get energy, mental clarity, and calm.
Come join us and learn how this clean energy drink can change your lifestyle.
Yours in energy,