Have you heard of or tried Palo Azul tea? If not, you need to! It is my new summer drink obsession!
So how did I find out about this amazing Palo Azul Tea?
Up until a few weeks ago I had never heard of Palo Azul tea. During a conversation with my mom and talking about creating some new healthy habits, she mentioned she is drinking a “blue tea” that had multiple health benefits and it was made from tree bark. What?! After asking her A LOT of questions and doing a bit of research about Palo Azul, I decided to try it for myself, and I am loving the awesome benefits!
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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a scientist! The following information is derived from my own research and experiences.
So, what is Palo Azul?
The name Palo Azul translates to “blue stick” in Spanish. So, this is why the tea is a beautiful blue hue!
Palo Azul is the common name for Eysenhardtia polystachya, a shrub or tree in the legume family. The tree is native to northern and central Mexico and Arizona. Also known as kidneywood, this tea has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal remedy.
The bark of the Palo Azul tree contains many favorable nutrients and active ingredients. This tea is well known as a diuretic remedy and its ability to protect the liver, helping to detoxify the body.
Palo Azul Tea Nutrients
Flavonoids are naturally occurring in fruits and vegetables. They are rich in antioxidants and help your body ward off everyday toxins, not to mention they help regulate cellular activity and fight off free radicals that that cause stress on the body.
Plant sterols may help reduce cholesterol levels. They may be beneficial to assist in treating heart disease, colon cancer, stomach cancer, and obesity.
- Phenolic compounds
Phenolic compounds occur naturally in fruits and vegetables. They play a vital role in the body helping to fight against inflammation.
Benefits of consuming Palo Azul Tea
This is one of the most powerful teas I have ever consumed! To begin with, it helps me drink more liquids throughout the day, but it also has great benefits! Here are just a few it is known for:
- Kidney Health. Increases urine production and reduces inflammation. Increasing urine production flushes out toxins and bacteria from the kidneys and this keeps your kidneys healthy, decreases inflammation and free from infections.
- Weight Loss. Aids weight loss by promoting digestion and increasing metabolism. The active nutrients (discussed above) stimulate digestive enzymes that break down fats and carbohydrates. The body will better absorb nutrients and avoid the build-up of fat which will reduce body weight.
- Heart Health. The flavonoids in Palo Azul tea help reduce bad cholesterol levels and prevent the formation of plaque in the arteries. As a result, this reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Reduces Inflammation. Reduces inflammation by inhibiting the production of inflammatory cytokines. Cytokines are proteins that promote inflammation.
- Skin Health. The antioxidants help to reduce inflammation and protect cells from damage caused by free radicals; therefore, it prevents premature aging of the skin and keeps the skin looking young and healthy.
Let’s get to the good part, buying and preparing the tea!
Palo Azul tea is found online or at your local health food stores. While I have researched and purchased several different barks, I have great results with each and don’t see a real difference between brands. This the bark I buy because it is a good value and tastes great! The tea is prepared by steeping the bark of the Palo Azul tea in water. Here are the steps I take to make this beautiful tea:
- To start with, bring 6 cups of water to a boil
- Once the water begins to boil, add 1 ounce of bark to the water
- Cover your pot of water and reduce to the boil down to a simmer
- Simmer between 30 to 60 minutes. The longer you simmer, the strong the flavor of bark.
I make my tea in a concentrated form by adding 2 ounces of bark to the 6 cups of water because this makes it easier for me to store in my fridge. With this in mind, when I am ready to drink my tea, I use about 1/3 cup of tea and fill the rest of my cup with water.
Below is how my tea looked after boiling. By the way, you should be able to notice a beautiful blue, almost iridescent color now!
I use a fine strainer to pour the tea from my pot into my storage container. This is the glass container I use to store the tea in my fridge.
To tell the truth, I was completely skeptical at first but after continuing to drink the tea, I have noticed my weight slightly decrease, the value of my sleep increase and my energy levels are up! Furthermore, this tea is CAFFINE FREE which means you can drink it any time of day! It is even great for breakfast with some yogurt and my yummy homemade, healthy granola!
I hope everyone can get a chance to make and try this beneficial tea! Leave me a comment when you do!