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.

Palo Azul Tea Benefits

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The primary benefits of palo azul tea include the following:

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.

Inflammation

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.

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Weight Loss

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

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. Let’s take a look at the simple instructions given below to make Palo Azul tea at home.

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

An Easy Recipe to Make Palo Azul Tea

Enjoy this herbal detoxification tea both, hot and cold!
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Palo Azul Tea
Appliance: Stove
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce of Palo Azul Bark
  • 6 cups of water

Instructions

  • To make Palo Azul tea, 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. If you wish to drink it cold, refrigerate it for a few hours. 
    Pouring Palo azul or kidneywood tea in a glass on a wooden table

Notes

The tea's color alters as you cook it. It transitions through a variety of shades of brown, red, and blue. If you want the color of the tea to be bluer, you can cook it for half an hour. Moreover, the blue color is merely seen as a refraction of light. If you wish to have an even more intense shade of blue, pour the tea in a clear water bottle or glass and hold it near the light. This will help you see the blue hues of the tea. 

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.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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