Five years ago we had a family debate over the name of a plant and went to google for the answer. The plant was called Yaupon Holly. We kept reading and learned about all of the Yaupon plant’s forgotten benefits.
As North America’s only native plant producing caffeine, Yaupon has quite the storied past. This Mississippi tea was used for ceremonial drink in early native cultures. When European settlers arrived they began using Yaupon as a cash crop, trading all over the world. It eventually fell out of favor due to lobbyists from the East India Trading Company, pushing for their own imported products to be sold. This along with a cultural shift to coffee, due to high taxes being put on teas, led for Yaupon to become obsolete. Our goal is to spread the word about this native plant and help provide sustainable business practices.