Benefits & Side Effects of Palo Azul Tea

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Palo azul tea is a popular South American beverage, but its unique nutritional profile and health benefits have caused it to rise in popularity in recent years.

What is Palo Azul Tea?

Palo azul tea is an herbal detoxification tea brewed with the bark of the palo azul plant, scientifically known as Eysenhardtia polystachya. Also known as kidneywood, this herb has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, and the bark is known to contain some very unique nutrients. When you purchase palo azul, it typically comes in the form of wood chips of the bark, which you can then steep in the water to release the flavonoids, sterols, and ketones contained in this powerful plant. These active ingredients can have a range of effects in the body, but this tea is particularly well known for its ability to detoxify the body. In recent years, it has become very popular for those who need to pass drug tests, as it is believed to speed up the metabolization of certain recreational drugs, such as marijuana.

How to Make Palo Azul Tea?

You can make palo azul tea at home quite simply if you can find the palo azul wood chips at an import store or specialist grocer.

Pouring Palo azul or kidneywood tea in a glass on a wooden table

  • Bring 6 cups of water to boil in a large pot.
  • Add 1 ounce of palo azul wood chips to the water.
  • Cover the pot and allow the wood chips to boil for an hour.
  • Remove from heat and remove the bark, which should be floating on top.
  • You can drink this resultant tea either warm or cold.

Palo Azul Tea Benefits

The primary benefits of palo azul tea include the following:

  • Protecting kidney health
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Aiding weight loss
  • Preventing chronic diseases
  • Improving mental health

Let us look at the benefits in detail below:

Kidney Health

The primary use of palo azul tea throughout history has been as a detoxifying agent for the body. This tea can lower your risk of kidney stones, promote healthy urination and the rapid expulsion of toxins from the body. It can also reduce swelling in the kidneys as a result of infection.


The active components of this tea are known to minimize the pain and discomfort of arthritis, as well as other inflammatory conditions, such as gout and headaches.

Mental Health

With the ability to impact mood and lower stress hormone levels, while also soothing the nervous system, this tea is an excellent booster for mental health.


Some studies have found that regular consumption of this tea can lead to better regulation of your blood sugar levels.

Weight Loss

As a metabolic booster, this tea can help your body burn calories and fat more effectively, which can aid in weight loss.

Palo Azul Tea Side Effects

There are very few side effects associated with palo azul tea, and there are no reported cases of toxicity. However, some people do experience gastrointestinal distress, and this tea is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, given the lack of solid research on its potential impact. Protection Status
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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