Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Homemade Pau D'arco Iced Tea

Homemade Pau D'arco Iced Tea is a great summer drink that contains many health benefits! A native to South America, Pau d’arco (Tabebuia avellanedae) has been used as an herbal remedy for candida, viruses (such as polio and influenza), arthritis, diabetes, parasites, bacteria, liver problems, fevers, venereal and rheumatic disorders, skin disorders (such as eczema) and more! Scientists have identified two major (active) chemicals in the inner part of its bark- lapachol and beta lapachone. Lapachol is a compound known to be resistant to viruses, bacteria, and fungus. Pau D'arco herbs have the ability to detoxify the body, particularly the kidneys, liver and intestinal tract. Check out our recipe below on how to make 'sweetened' Pau D'arco Iced Tea. Enjoy!

Instructions for Pau D'arco Iced Tea
Serves 2
∙ 3-4 cups of spring water (no fluoride)
∙ sweetened ice cubes (raw organic honey with spring water frozen in ice cube trays)*

1. Boil water.
2. Once boiled, turn down heat and add Pau D'arco bark. Let simmer for 15 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 - 10 minutes.
4. Strain (we used a coffee strainer basket) and pour into 2 glasses. 
5. Add sweetened ice cubes and enjoy!

*Since raw honey is difficult to dissolve in cold water, we used a hand blender to mix honey with water to create our ice cubes. This helps keep the enzymes found in honey, unlike mixing the honey in hot tea which would kill the enzymes.

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