tea kettle steaming palo azul boiling water

How Long to Boil Palo Azul Bark

Not sure how long to boil palo azul bark? Avid tea drinkers commonly recommend boiling the bark for at least 30 minutes, but you can boil it for as many as two hours to release the benefits of this traditional Mexican remedy.

In this blog post, we will tell you how long to boil the bark in order to make the perfect cup of palo azul tea. So gather your supplies and let’s get started on making your new favorite cup of tea.

Preparing to make palo azul tea

First, you will need to gather your supplies. You will need:

Next, you will need to measure out the correct amount of palo azul bark. For every gallon of water, you will need to use approximately one ounce of bark. You can weigh your bark on a kitchen scale like this one!

Once you have measured out the correct amount of bark, it’s time to start boiling the water. Bring the pot or kettle of water to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the bark to the water and let it simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Note: if you let the tea boil for a longer period of time, you may want to add additional water as the water levels boil down.

After at least 30 minutes, remove the pot or kettle from the heat and let it steep for an additional five minutes. Then, strain the tea into a cup or mug using a strainer or cheesecloth. Enjoy your tea hot or cold!

FAQ about boiling palo azul bark

Here are some frequently asked questions about brewing palo azul tea.

What if I want stronger tea?

There are a few options if you would like stronger palo azul tea.

You can soak the bark overnight, and then the next day, boil the palo azul bark. As an alternative, you can boil the bark for even longer, even up to 2 hours.

I commonly will simmer the palo azul bark for two hours, replenishing the water periodically.

What if my palo azul doesn’t look blue?

Palo azul tea has hints of blue to the tea – it’s not going to be a brilliant blue, like koolaid. As the tea begins to brew, it is more brown/orange, and appears blue based on the light that touches it.

If your palo azul tea isn’t very blue, here are a few ways to fix that!

  1. look at it in a different light – sometimes, you may simply not be able to see the blue color due to the way the light is hitting the tea
  2. brew the tea for longer – did you brew your palo azul tea long enough? you may want to consider letting it brew longer. While 30 minutes is often adequate, you may find that you want to soak the bark overnight, and boil the bark the next day. You also may want to boil it for up to two hours
  3. check your palo azul bark – make sure that you are using high quality palo azul bark. We like this one!

We hope you enjoyed this blog post on how long to boil palo azul tea. Happy brewing!