About Us

Yahola formed to help protect you, the environment, and the culture in the Low Country of South Carolina.  We specialize in Yaupon, the Yerba Mate of the South.  After researching and experiencing firsthand the many benefits of Yaupon (anti-cancer, weight-regulating, energizing, and mood-enhancing), we had to create restorative and rejuvenating Yaupon tea blends. 

Our mission, as a Social Enterprise, is to help protect land in the Low Country by providing monetary support to both farmers and land property owners for a plant that is easily cultivated (no chemicals, fertilizers, or water) and sustainably wild-harvested.  Yahola envisions a future where we will turn primarily to Yaupon for our boost of energy in the morning and afternoon!  We know that the future holds great things-more jobs, more land protected, smaller carbon footprint, and a healthier community in the Low Country.  

Our founder, April Punsalan, is a Botanist with a Bachelor and Master of Science, with an emphasis in Botany.  She researches historic literature to find native plants that were abundantly used 150 years ago.  Twenty-three years of plant science knowledge goes into the carefully crafted Yahola blends.  April aims to use at least one or two native plants in each Yahola blend.  Her goal is to teach people how to reconnect to the earth by using native plants for health.  We hope that people will start to use what naturally grows around them thereby restoring both the environment and their bodies.  

We are grateful for the Indigenous Tribes of the Southeast that knew of Yaupon's strength and benefit for the body.  It is a native tea that we want the community to enjoy once again so we can help heal our connection to the Natural World. 

                                       Only Joy With YAHOLA!

                       April Punsalan, Founder of Yahola