Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
Nestled deep in the Amazonian rainforest, a truly special herb exists; a herb we are especially proud to share with you in our beautiful and scrumptious Lapacho Tea. Lapacho has been known in the west for at least 100 years, but owing to the inaccessibility of the great forests in which it flourishes, little has been known about it until now.
Today, modern science has recognised the incredible medicinal qualities of Lapacho and Lapacho Tea. It is no real wonder, then, that the popularity of this beverage is currently soaring almost as high as the hills and mountains where it grows in such great abundance. But what can Lapacho Tea do for you? While studies are ongoing, evidence suggests that this herbal tea can offer outstanding antimicrobial properties.
Therefore, it may help to kill bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. Lapacho Tea also demonstrates antioxidant activity and could potentially aid in preventing free radical-induced damage to your cells and DNA. Most of all, however, this brew tastes great, boasting defined woody and nutty characteristics with vanilla-like undertones which combined, is perfect for afternoon drinking.
Lapacho is actually the inner bark of an evergreen tree well known by its Portuguese name, ‘Pau D’Arco’ (botanically referred to as Handroanthus impetiginosus). It belongs to the Bignoniaceae family and is native to much of South America, particularly Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil. These trees have made their home in one of the last great, but largely untapped, reserves of natural resources on the face of the planet. Such is its obscurity, in fact, that to this day, we are still learning the secrets of this vast, striking landscape. Lapacho is a secret uncovered, albeit only very recently in the western hemisphere.
Before then, South America’s indigenous peoples had used Lapacho for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. This pre-dates Spanish colonisation by countless centuries, with the Guarani and Tupinambo tribes, in particular, drinking great quantities of Lapacho Tea. In the high Andes, tribes such as the Callawaya, the Quechua, and the Aymara, meanwhile, also consumed what they called “taheebo” (Lapacho) to aid with a number of ailments prevalent in their respective societies. These ailments include fevers, infections, colds, flu, respiratory problems, gastrointestinal complaints, and even arthritis. In fact, the Guarani, Tupi, and other tribes call the Lapacho Tree “Tajy”, meaning “to have strength and vigour”, or simply “divine tree”. Who wouldn’t want to have these qualities in their favourite cup of herbal tea?
Type of Tea: Herbal Tea.
Ingredients: Dried Lapacho Bark.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How To Serve: The classic way to make this tea is to place the Lapacho (10g per ltr) into cold water and bring to the boil. Allow it to simmer for 5 minutes before removing it from the heat. Following this, leave it to infuse for 20 minutes; alas, this is quite a ritual, but worth the effort! Alternatively, if time is not on your side then brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. The choice is yours.
Tasting Notes: Delicate yet flavoursome, Lapacho Tea offers a smooth infusion of woody, earthy, and vanilla-like flavours. Sweet, almost caramelly undertones may also be tasted, making a truly invigorating cup of tea.
Colour in Cup: Golden liquor with peachy highlights, light in tone.
Health Benefits: Feeling a little under the weather? Drink Lapacho Tea and feel better! This beverage, as stated previously, is known for its antimicrobial properties. Not only can these properties help you to beat the sniffles, but it likewise boosts the immune system, thus supporting the body’s greatest defence against illness. Furthermore, this tea’s ability to combat free radicals could have a very positive impact on overall skin health.
Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Detox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayLunchtime, Afternoon, Evening