What is Palo Azul?
The most magical tea in the world!
Known as Palo Azul, this plant grows in dry locations in Mexico and the southwestern United States.
Palo Azul was popularized shortly after the discovery of America, when it was transported to Europe for its diuretic effectiveness and amazing blue fluorescence.
In fact, Isaac Newton, one of the most influential scientists in history, researched this magic tea for its fluorescence! Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, also studied Palo Azul!
* Here’s a fascinating fact!
The books "Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences" and "Early History of Solution Fluorescence" comment that the phenomenon of fluorescence was first discovered in Palo Azul!
This tea has been used for over 300 years as a natural medicine for its powerful healing properties. Its health benefits are obtained by boiling the plant in water and this produces a distinguishable blue colored tea.
It is traditionally used as a diuretic to cure kidney problems, kidney stones, diarrhea and colic. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory to treat cases of arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica, and healing joint pains.
Scientific name: Eysenhardtia polystachya
Botanic family: Fabaceae, leguminosas
This is the family with the third greatest number of species.
How to prepare palo azul
Boil 1 liter of water.
Add 2 or 3 pieces of the palo azul’s bark and let it boil until the color begins to turn into a blueish amber color (about an 20-25 minutes).
It can be boiled a while longer at lower temperature.
Turn off the heat and let it sit.
You can drink the palo azul tea hot or cold, as you prefer.