Botanical Name: Tabebuia impetiginosa
- English: Pau d’arco bark, Taheebo
- Also, known as: Pink Trumpet Tree, Tahuari, Taheebo, Trumpet Tree, Trumpet bush, Ipe-Contra-Sarna, Tabebuia Ipe, Tajy, Pink Trumpet Tree, Lavender Trumpet Tree, Ipe, Ipes, Taheebo, Poui, Ipe Roxo, Lapachobaum, Trompetenbaum, Feenkraut, Lapacho, Taheboo Tree, Ébénier de Guyane, Ébène Vert, Handroanthus impetiginosus, Lapacho Colorado, Lapacho Morado, Lébène, Paudarco, Purple Lapacho, Quebracho, Red Lapacho, Taheebo, Taheebo Tea, Thé Taheebo,
Habitat: South America
Harvested: Wild or cultivated
Parts Used: The dried and shredded inner bark, the heartwood
Tabebuia impetiginosa, is a large tree growing up to 30 m in height and 3 m wide. Young trees may grow about 4-5 feet per year but at about 20 feet, growth slows considerably. It is deciduous in the dry season. When properly formed, the straight trunk divides into many erect branches supporting a medium-domed, vase-shaped crown. It is one of the most beautiful trees in flower which has a place in most landscapes. The pau d'arco tree grows in the warm parts of Central and South America. The leaves are in opposite pairs, somewhat shiny, dark green above and paler below. The red flowers are 3-11 cm wide, sitting in dense clusters. The calyx is campanulate to tubular, mostly five-lobed, and looking like a trumpet. The colors of the corolla is pink or red and vary between the different species. The outside of the flower tube is either glabrous or pubescent. The fruit is a dehiscent pod, 10 to 50 cm long with numerous seeds. The pods often remain on the tree through the dry season until the beginning of the rainy time. The grayish bark is relatively smooth with shallow vertical furrows. The tree's extremely hard wood makes it resistant to disease and decay. The inner bark of the tree is used medicinally.
Throughout South America, tribes living thousands of miles apart have employed it for the various medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. Several Indian tribes of the rainforest have used pau d'arco wood for centuries to make their hunting bows; their common names for the tree mean "bow stick" and "bow stem." Scientists have identified two active chemicals in pau d'arco. These chemicals are called naphthoquinones: lapachol and beta-lapachone. The tree also is popular with timber loggers and its high-quality wood is some of the heaviest, most durable wood in the tropics. Pau d’arco wood is widely used in the construction of everything from houses and boats to farm tools.
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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