Pau d'Arco Tea
Pau d'Arco tea has been prepared by the Indio tribes of South America for centuries. This herbal tea is perhaps the most widely used method of taking Pau d'Arco, and has in the recent years has become especially popular worldwide. This taheebo tea (another name for Pau d'Arco) may be found in health stores as well as Internet shops.
To prepare your Pau d'Arco tea, mix 2-3 grams of the inner bark tea into a teapot along with each 8 fluid ounce cup of water that you use. For instance, if you want to have 2 cups, then add in about 5 grams of the tea. How much this is in teaspoons or tablespoons may vary based on the density and size of the pieces of bark. If using tea bags, you may follow their ratios instead of making your own measurements. For instance, a bag may be 2.5 grams, and be the proper amount for an 8 oz. cup.
Allow the herbal tea to reach a boil, and then let it boil (but not quickly) for up to 30 minutes, depending upon your taste. It may take some time for the lapacho to be disseminated in this infusion, but 30 minutes is more than a sufficient amount of time. Afterward, you can remove the tea from the heat and let the Pau d'Arco continue to brew while the temperature of the drink lowers to that of your preference.
To ensure that no bark is left in the tea that is to be served, you can use some form of a straining device to remove fragments both large and small. However, you may notice little dust-like specks that end up at the bottom of the tea -- don't worry, this is normal.
When purchasing Pau d'Arco bark tea, make sure that the ingredients state that you're actually receiving what you expect, listed as Pau d'Arco or as one of its synonyms. In particular, check to ensure that the company claims it is providing the inner bark of the plant. It wouldn't be a pleasant surprise if you later found out that you had the wrong part of the tree or even a product made from a completely different plant! Also do research on the quality of products provided by that particular manufacturer or distributor, as you would when making any important purchase.
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