Pau D’arco has been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years, by the Indio tribes of South America, and even the ancient Incas and Aztecs. This tea comes from the inner bark of a tree, of the Tabebuia Avellanedae or Tabebuia Impetiginosa. Pau D’arco grows in South America, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and well north into Mexico. The tree is sometimes known as “trumpet tree” due to its thin trumpet-shaped flowers. While the tree looks beautiful, it's also revered by herbalists for the healing properties of the tea that comes from its inner bark.
Pau D’arco Tea tastes slightly bitter, with a woody tannic flavor. It has an earthy taste to it, with a slight fruit taste. You can add lemon juice, milk or honey to your tea to improve on the flavor if the taste does not suit you. If you add a little stevia leaf extract the slightly bitter taste will no longer be an issue. The tea comes in either tea bag form or raw tea, which requires a tea ball. As far as medicinal teas go, it has a somewhat mellow flavor.
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