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How to Make Palo Azul Tea

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Palo Azul tea is more than a fun blueish beverage to warm up and bring comfort to your cold afternoons. It also gives a healthy punch that can prevent and/or help against many conditions.
From why you should always have it on hand to how to brew the ultimate cuppa, this article is the much-needed Pao Azul guide for every tea enthusiast.

What Is Palo Azul Tea?

Palo Azul tea is a beverage prepared from the Palo Azul plant’s bark – a kidneywood that has been a part of many ancient cultures and traditional herbal medicine used for thousands of years. It may be a classic South American tea, but Palo Azul has gained worldwide popularity thanks to its numerous health benefits.

Its taste is subtle and pleasant. It is earthly and unique – almost like sipping on water that has been enriched with deep, uplifting notes. It is usually consumed with a pinch of cinnamon, ginger, some lemon, and other popular tea add-ins.

It is generally taken hot, but we’re also huge fans of its ice-cold version – Palo Azul with ice and lemon slices is slowly becoming our go-to summer refreshment.

But the taste plays only a small part. It is the active constituents and powerful properties that have made Palo Azul tea so famous.

The Health Benefits

Palo Azul has been a staple remedy for a good reason. Packed with some of the most beneficial components, the bark of this plant can seriously improve your overall health:

Protecting Kidney Health – The primary use of this incredible plant has been for its detoxification powers. Thanks to the fact that Palo Azul lowers oxidative stress, it can decrease cell damage for the kidney and pancreas.

It can also help with passing kidney stones, support healthy urination, and boost the expulsion of piled up bodily toxins. Funny fact: Palo Azul is popular among occasional marijuana users for this exact reason – it flushes out metabolites and increases the chances of passing a drug test.

Helps with Inflammation and Arthritis – The active compounds found in the Palo Azul bark can positively impact inflammation by lowering the pain, discomfort and also reducing edema. This makes this tea the perfect herbal remedy for arthritis, gout, swelling, and other inflammatory conditions.

Supports Proper Digestion – If you have digestive issues, just steep yourself some Palo Azul chips. The tea has calming and anti-diarrheal properties that can soothe your tummy.

Prevents Diabetes – Believe it or not, Pazo Azul tea can be your shield against one of the biggest chronic hazards – diabetes. Palo Azul contains constituents that can support the osmotic potential and take care of any imbalances in blood glucose. By encouraging this balance, the tea can prevent diabetes development.

But Palo Azul also protects against other chronic diseases as well. By lowering oxidative stress, the tea can protect from heart diseases and strokes and keep the cholesterol level and liver health in check.

How to Make Palo Azul Tea

If this sounds like something you shouldn’t be missing out on, then you better learn the best way to prepare this comforting bluish tea. Luckily for you, we’ve got the foolproof formula.

The key to making healthy Palo Azul tea lies in accuracy and consistency. The exact amount and steeping time is everything, so make sure to follow correctly.

There are only two essential ingredients you will need:

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

And here is how you do it:

  1. Pour six cups of water into a large pot, and place it over medium heat.
  2. When the water starts boiling, place the Palo Azul bark inside. Give the mixture a quick stir, and cover the pot. Remember, you shouldn’t lower the heat at this point as the wood chips would be boiling for the entire cooking process. Let cook for a full hour, covered. This part is important as you need to trap the extracted compounds inside and stop evaporation.
  3. After an hour, remove from heat and uncover the pot. You will notice the chips are now floating on top, which means that you’ve extracted all the goodies into the water. Strain the tea into a cup.
  4. Sweeten by choice and consume warm, or let it cool in the fridge and have it cold. Either way, it is healthy and absolutely delicious. Enjoy!

How to See the Blue Color of Palo Azul Tea

If you’re making Palo Azul tea for the first time, you may be expecting ocean-blue color in your cup. But that will not be the case. Palo Azul (azul meaning blue in Spanish) only gives bluish hints, not a deep vivid color. And if you don’t know how to look for it, you may miss it altogether.

Keep in mind that the blue you see is only a refraction of light. You cannot see in a dark room. To make the blue more intense, cook the tea for more than 60 minutes, as longer steeping results in deeper color. Also, serve it in clear-glass cups, and make sure there’s a lot of light. If not, grab your flashlight and let the blue shine through. Pretty cool, right?

Palo Azul Side Effects

There aren’t any known side effects associated with sipping on Palo Azul tea. However, since there is a lack of scientific evidence to support or dispute this, you should probably stay on the safe side. That means that you shouldn’t consume this while pregnant or nursing. Also, if you are taking heavy medications or suffering from a serious condition, consult with your physician first.


Now that you know all the perks of drinking Palo Azul tea, the next step is getting your hands on it. It may sound like a rare jewel, but you don’t necessarily need to ship authentic Palo Azul bark from South America. Most larger retailers, import stores, and apothecaries will have Palo Azul in stock. Purchase your desired quantity, and use the advice from this article to guide you through the process of making it. We guarantee a fun and rewarding steeping!

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