All About Palo Azul

Palo Azul is a very popular herb that is native to Mexico. It’s a small shrub with some amazing health benefits when consumed as a tea.

This ancient herb has been used for centuries. The earliest known mention of Palo Azul comes from the 16th century where it was used as a treatment for hiccups! Although we can’t say for sure whether or not it’s an effective cure for hiccups, we can say that it does have lots of great health benefits.

Palo Azul contains the minerals calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium. These minerals are electrolytes and are essential elements to human health and well being. Electrolytes help maintain important functions like regulating your heartbeat and aiding in muscle contractions for movement. Humans receive electrolytes through the food and beverages we consume, but a poor and unhealthy diet can lead to an electrolyte imbalance.

  • Electrolyte imbalances can cause symptoms like 
  • muscle aches, pains and spasms
  • feelings of anxiety or restlessness
  • insomnia or trouble falling and staying asleep
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • joint pain 
  • disorders in the digestive system like cramping, diarrhea or constipation

Eating well and consuming appropriate fluids will help maintain a healthy electrolyte balance, but sometimes we can use a little boost. 

 

Palo Azul contains:

Calcium - Your body contains more calcium than any other mineral. Calcium primarily is stored in the body in your teeth and bones. This essential mineral is responsible for aiding in muscle contractions, blood clotting and nervous system function.

  • Potassium -  Is another necessary mineral found in the human body. Potassium aids in maintaining blood pressure, heart and muscle functions.
  • Magnesium - Magnesium aids in bone building and maintaining strength in the skeletal system and also assists in muscle, heart and nerve function
  • Sodium - An essential element in maintaining fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signaling.

Palo Azul can be used to help treat urinary tract infections and improves kidney and joint heath. It is also used as a detoxifier. 

To brew:

  • Fill a large pot with one and a half gallons of water
  • Bring to a boil
  • Add 1-2 ounces of Palo Azul
  • Cover the pot with a lid and boil for 60 minutes. Do not leave the pot unattended. Check the pot regularly to ensure that it does not boil over.
  • Carefully remove the bark.
  • Allow the tea to cool before drinking.

Palo Azul translates to “blue stick”. The longer the bark is boiled in the water the deeper the color of the tea will be. The brewed tea will range in color from a deep reddish-brown to blue color. Palo Azul tea can be served hot or iced. The tea has a very mild flavor and many people enjoy it with sugar, honey or lemon. 

Some herbs and supplements may interfere with medications and cause side effects. This blog post is for informational use only and is not intended to advise or treat conditions. Please consult with your doctor before taking any herbs or supplements to be sure that it is safe for you.