Pau d’arco infusion is one of the many great benefits of the remarkable trees it comes from, and is considered a South American tradition.
The high slopes of the Andes mountains are home to the pau d’arco tree, a flowering tree native to South America. Pau d’arco trees make up a large portion of the forest canopy with their widespread branches, stretching higher than 125 feet. Their treetops decorate the forest canopy layer in attractive pink and purple flowers. In South America, these trees are a valuable commodity. Their beauty is often sought after for ornamental landscaping, and their sturdy wood is used for a variety of purposes. The inner bark is also the part of the tree used to create a potent herbal tea infusion. This herbal drink is sometimes called lapacho or taheebo, and is believed to be as old as the Incan empire. Pau d’arco also carries a number of important constituents, and is best complemented by a zesty hint of lemon
Fresh water is essential for brewing a great cup. Use 1 teabag per cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 3 to 6 minutes. Remove tea bag and place in your compostable bin. Enjoy!