When it comes to history, pau d’arco is full of it. With a reputation for use dating back well before the time of the Incas (that was a good 700 years ago or so), pau d’arco is well-known and loved throughout South America. It is widely used as an ornamental tree and can be found lining the streets of many South American cities—it’s even the national tree of Paraguay! It’s also well-loved for its hard, durable wood and was used to make the hunting bows of the indigenous people who inhabited the rainforests of the Amazon. Only the inner bark is used by traditional healers and modern day herbalists. The bark is dried before being made into tea.
Gorgeous, strong and enigmatic.
Used historically by the indigenous peoples of South America and modern day herbalists.
Reason to love
We love this amazingly beautiful, flowering tree, also known as “Pink Ipe” or “Pink Lapacho,” due to its stunning pinkish, purple trumpet-like flower. Traditional healers have been using the inner bark for hundreds of years. Only more recently has this cherished herb made its way into the herbal traditions of the West.
Earthy taste—woody, tannic and slightly bitter.
Pour 8 oz. freshly boiled water over 1 tea bag.
Cover cup & steep for 10-15 minutes.
Squeeze tea bag to ensure maximum goodness in your cup.
Enjoy 1-4 cups per day. For a more concentrated brew, simmer 4-5 tea bags in 1 quart of water for 15 minutes. For Adults Only!
Consult a health care practitioner, naturopath or herbalist prior to use to determine if this tea is right for you. Also consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you are taking anticoagulant medications.
Drink up to 4 cups daily for up to 6 weeks, then pause for at least a month before resuming.