Text and photos: Anna Plaszczyk

29 April 2021

Inca Tea - rich in iron, calcium , manganese and magnesium. The south American tea from the Lapacho bark heals and strengthens the body effectively.

Lapacho is a wonderful tree from South America. The same is called its inner bark , which has strong healing properties. For centuries, it has been used for the treatment of viral, bacterial and fungal infections . Lapacho is equally effective against parasites. The ingredients of the bark have potent antiviral effects –they can cope with the influenza virus , herpes and foot-and-mouth disease .

Lapacho tea can be used in the treatment of asthma and bronchitis, inflammatory bowel disease, gastritis, ulcers, hepatitis, nefritis, diabetes (lowers blood sugar levels), allergies, fungal infections and candidiases or finally - of skin disorders.

In the laboratory study Portillo , A., R. Vila , B. Freixa , Adzet T., S. Cañigueral 2001 Lapacho was effective in controlling 10 of 11 species of tested fungi. It combats Aspergillus fumigatus, among other things, causes human mycosis of the skin and lungs, Candida albicans - the cause of yeast infections and Trichophyton mentagrophytes - causing foot fungal infections and dermatophytosis.

From the 60s research has also been conducted on the anticancer properties of Lapacho. Unfortunatelly - this method can be effective only at very high concentrations of lapachol, which in such quantities makes blood clotting very difficult. The research has been discontinued because of the risk of complications.

Lapacho can be purchased in the form of teabags, but the best tea can be brewed from the bark through cooking it . Lapachol is poorly soluble in water and traditional brewing will not give us a suitably concentrated infusion. 1 teaspoon Lapacho is boiled from 10 to 15 minutes (never in an aluminum pot ) , and brew it another 15 minutes before the drained drink is ready for consumption. Daily you can drink from 2 to 8 cups of infusion. A infusion is also used locally with nail or feet mycosis as well as the irrigations for candidiases (three times a day for three consecutive days).

Lapacho tea should not drunk by pregnant women (very high risk of miscarriage) and breast-feeding women and those taking anticoagulants.