Palo Azul tea is hard to find. You won’t see it on the grocer’s shelves, and it’s rare to even find them in natural health food stores. You can, however, get Palo Azul tea on the internet.
So what is it? What’s got so many people drinking this unique tea? Read on to find out more about Palo Azul tea, where to find it and what it’s supposed to do for your body.
What’s Palo Azul Tea?
If you’ve had a year or so of foreign language in school, you probably recognize the word “azul.” In both Spanish and Portuguese, the word means “blue,” and that’s an apt way of describing the tea.
Most teas, as you know, range from a golden color to a dark, rich brown. Palo Azul tea is, if it’s derived from natural ingredients, a deep, rich blue.
Palo Azul tea is made from the Cyclolepis plant, which is native to South America. It’s also called kidneywood in some areas. The plant grows in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Chile, which is why it’s so difficult to find on other continents. The bark of the Palo Azul plant is boiled in water, and the result is supposedly a very healthy tea.
First, it’s thought to detox the body. In some cases, people have used it before weight loss programs to cleanse the body; supposedly the bark helps to flush toxins from the body, similar to the bark of the willow tree.
Palo Azul tea is also thought to help improve kidney function. It was used by the Aztecs as a diuretic and, as such, is said to help improve kidney function.
Finally, Palo Azul tea is said to help with joint pain. People suffering from arthritis, joint pain and other issues take Palo Azul to assist. It’s thought that the bark can also help relieve the pain from broken bones.
Does It Work? Palo Azul Tea Reviews
People take Palo Azul tea for a variety of reasons. Some take it as a detox, others try to pass drug tests. Some people drink the tea to help with pain from arthritis and others drink it to help alleviate kidney issues.
Because of the variety of reasons, the reviews are mixed. First of all, though, let’s see what others are saying about the taste of the tea.
Palo Azul tea is usually shipped as a bark. The instructions say to boil the bark for an hour to an hour and a half. That’s all you need to do to make Palo Azul tea, but some people tried different things.
Some people added cinnamon to the bark, and said the taste was quite pleasant. Others added a bit of honey to sweeten it. Still other people who tried Palo Azul tea added sugar, lemon, ginger, fruit juice and even prune juice. Overall, there weren’t too many negative reviews of the taste of Palo Azul tea.
But did it work? Well, that depends on what you want it to work for. It was very effective as a diuretic. People who drank the tea said they were “peeing like crazy.”
Those who took it to pass a drug test weren’t so fortunate. They still failed drug tests for THC and other substances. People who used it to take care of kidney issue were also unfortunate. A majority said their blood and other panels came back the same even after having drunk the tea for months.
The group with the most success was the group who drank the tea to help with joint and arthritis pain. Those people said they did notice a marked difference before and after drinking Palo Azul tea.
How to Make Palo Azul Tea
It’s unlikely that you’ll find Palo Azul tea locally. That said, you’ll probably be ordering it online. Sites like Amazon and eBay sell the tea, but you’ll have to read the product description carefully.
Your Palo Azul tea should be shipped to you as a bark. If you’re buying tea bags, you’re not buying the right thing. Remember, too, that Palo Azul comes from the Cyclolepis plant. So, if the package says something to the effect of “Cyclolepis bark,” that’s okay.
When you get your tea, you’ll only need a few ingredients. Of course, you’ll need a pot of water to boil. And it’s going to have to be a large pot. You’ll be boiling a gallon and a half of water per 1 ounce of bark.
The rest is simple. Add the bark to the water and cover so that it won’t evaporate. While your tea boils for the full 90 minutes, you can choose to add flavorings to the pot. Some suggestions of additives are:
- A cinnamon stick
- Green tea
- Raw or brown sugar
- Bee pollen
Use your nose! As your tea boils, you might be able to get a feel for other ingredients which would pair well with your Palo Azul tea.
When the hour and a half is up, you’re ready. You can drink Palo Azul tea cold or hot. Just remove the bark or strain your tea and sip.
Why Is My Palo Azul Tea Not Blue?
Depending on the supplier, your tea may range in color. Sometimes the blue is a refraction of light, and other times your tea will appear blue through and through.
Again, it’s important to read the ingredients in the tea you purchase. For the best results, don’t use the teas that might contain food coloring of other additives. These will negate any positive detox results.
As with any supplement and herbal tea, be sure to check with your doctor first. Because Palo Azul tea is a diuretic, it’s especially important to speak with your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems.
If you’re diabetic, pregnant or breastfeeding, Palo Azul tea might not be a good choice for you. Furthermore, if you’re on any medications, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any possible reactions with your medicine. It is always better to be safe than sorry, especially when you consider the damage that some herbs and medicines can do to you under certain conditions.