Lapacho tea, also known as Taheebo tea, is a herbal tea which is essentially made from Pink Ipe's inner bark. Native to South America, the tea is also called Pau d'Arco and more informally, it is referred to as 'the tea of Inkas'. For centuries, the tea has been used as a medicinal tonic and its various health benefits have made it one of the most widely consumed herbal beverages of the world.
For over 1000 years, the tea has been used as one of the main medicines by the Incas as well as the Callawaya tribe.
Lapacho Tea Benefits
Lapacho tea is used as a remedy for various conditions like flu, colds, fevers, headaches, joint pains, respiratory issues, skin infections, boils, burns and anemia, to name a few. In addition, the tea is believed to be a natural and safe way to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's and neurodegeneration.
Other discomforts where the Taheebo tea offers respite are diarrhea, dizziness, lupus, vaginal yeast infections, osteomylitis and psoriasis. It is also a safe and natural herbal remedy for weight loss and promotes the same by boosting the immune system, increasing metabolism and detoxifying the body.
Local South Americans sometimes refer to the tea as a miracle drug and strongly believe that it can control and cure even cancer. This claim is, however, highly controversial and there is absolutely no scientific backing for it. Research has managed to prove that the Taheebo tea has a soothing effect on the mind and the body and is a safe and effective remedy for stress and fatigue.
Taheebo Tea Preparation Overview
In every region, Lapacho tea is prepared in a different way and there are, therefore, various recipes to prepare the tea. The most popular, however, is fairly easy to make and is prepared almost like regular black tea. The tea is first mixed with hot water and brewed very slowly on low fire for about 5 minutes. Then, the preparation is infused for 30 minutes, strained and consumed. Although a sweetener is generally not added, people who prefer the beverage sweet mix some honey.
Pau d'Arco: Trivia
The herbal tea is 100% caffeine free and is believed to have very strong cancer fighting agents.
Pau d'Arco is one of the very few herbal teas which produce side effects when consumed in large quantities. It is, therefore, always important to consult a physician before the starting regular consumption.
Lapacho tea is hugely popular in Europe, but only as a refreshment beverage. Its medicinal and health benefits are still largely unacknowledged.