Mate Gourd Palo Santo Cup Design

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This is a genuine palo santo handmade mate gourd

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This is a high quality handmade mate gourd made from palo santo wood that will last for years if treated correctly. Palo santo, otherwise known as bursera graveolens, is a hardwood tree that grows widely across Southern and Central America. Most of the wood used to make mates grows in the Gran Chacho region of northern Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia. For many generations the wood has been used in traditional medicine to treat ailments of the stomach. Palo santo wood has been used for incense making, and the essential oil is popular in aromatherapy. Palo santo wood produces a lovely aroma and that is why it is very popular material used to make gourds for drinking yerba mate. It is naturally fragrant and combines well with the smoky and earthy tones of yerba mate. While using the gourd a discolouration of the wood takes place. This is a natural process which occurs through the absorption of the tea.

Approximate dimensions:
Width: 80mm
Depth: 75mm
Mouth: 50mm

As each mate gourd is handmade the dimensions given above are approximate. Each mate gourd is slightly different!

Mates made from palo santo wood have to be treated carefully. Because palo santo is a very hard wood there is always the risk that the gourd will crack if not treated correctly. To avoid cracking it is recommended that the gourd is washed and dried after each use. The best way to do is to wash out the gourd with water, remove excess moisture using kitchen paper and then leave to dry naturally. Not that it would be an issue in Ireland, drying the gourd in the sun is not recommended. Nor should it be dried on a radiator or near a fire. If the gourd is used infrequently it should be moistening using warm (not boiling) water for a short while before use. 

How to cure a mate gourd made of palo santo
1: Wash the interior of the gourd with warm water (not boiling water!!).
2: Once dry coat the interior of the gourd with a greasy substance such as butter or sunflower oil. 
3: Leave the gourd with the butter in it for 24 hours.
4: Once the wood has absorbed the grease, wash out the gourd with warm water.
5: Fill the gourd ¾ with yerba mate and fill with warm water (around 70C).
6: Wait 24 hours and then repeat steps 5 and 6 at least twice, and preferably 3 times.


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