Mate de coca, coca tea, various flavors from Peru. The boxes containing 100 teabags of 1 gram. Coca (Erythroxylum coca) is a plant that originated in South America and grows at higher altitudes. Coca in the northern Andean region of South America, particularly in Bolivia and Peru, drunk as a tea (mate), and chewed as a remedy for altitude sickness and as an incentive for workers in mining. Furthermore, it is processed into products such as toothpaste. The use of coca is very old. In settlements are eight thousand year old fossilized remains of coca leaves found in northwestern Peru. By chewing coca takes stamina increase, improves breathing and oxygen metabolism, and regulated the use of glucose. For that reason, coca even now by indigenous groups as Aymara, Quechua, Arhuaco and Kogi. Coca leaves also want to have a religious function. They are currently being used in offerings to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus (the gods), where they are burned or buried in the ground. They are also used ceremonially by the shaman.