Lapacho / Pau D’Arco (Tabebuia Impetiginosa)
Popularly known as Taheebo, the Lapacho is a herbal tea obtained from the Lapacho tree (or as it is locally known the Pau D’Arco tree), which is a native of the rainforest in South America and regions of the Andes. It has been used for a very long time for medicinal purposes.
In Brazil, the tree is referred to as the “divine tree” in deference to its remarkable healing properties. It has the ability to aid in the regeneration of new cells and increase the typical defense of the cells to fight infections. It also promotes the quicker assimilation of nutrients and at the same accelerates the elimination of waste from the body.
The Lapacho is recognized for its sedative, decongestant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, antiviral, antibiotic, and anti-malarial properties.
It is commonly administered as a health tonic as it improves the functions of the pancreas, stimulates the appetite, and restores and regulates digestive functions. Lapacho is an acclaimed blood builder; it means it is able to promote and stimulate the production of red blood cells. It also improves the ability of these red blood cells to carry oxygen.
It is safe for administration in children and it is often used to help the kids sleep when they are restless; it calms nerves and relieves anxiety in children as well.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!