Unique handmade Palo Santo wood cup called "guampa" made by skilled paraguayan craftsman with a stamp that reads "Souvenir from Paraguay". This kind of guampa is used to drink mate from. The palo santo has a very distinctive and pleasant smell, intense and aromatic.
This guampa is 4.5 inches high and the rim is 9 inches in diameter.
"Palo santo" is Spanish for "holy wood," and palo santo trees are considered sacred in many parts of South and Central America. Used for thousands of years by the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon for its medicinal properties and fragrance, Palo Santo truly deserves its name as the "Holy Wood". Spiritually, Palo Santo is often used for purification, meditation, to increase flow of the bodies energy.
The yerba mate or Ilex Paraguariensis, is a species of holly native to subtropical South America in northeastern Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay and southern Brazil.
There are two different drinks one can make with the yerba mate. During cold days the hot infusion of the "mate" is a common social practice in Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina among people of all ages. And in hot summer days one can enjoy the refreshing "terere" very popular only in Paraguay. And do not forget your filtered metal straw to drink from! By the way, the straw is called "bombilla".
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