Butterfly pea tea originates from South-East Asia where countries have been drinking a mixture of the butterfly-pea flower and dried lemongrass for centuries. When steeped in warm to hot water, the butterfly pea flower turns the water blue. Add in some lemon juice and the PH of the tea changes and the color fades from blue to purple.
Butterfly Pea Flowers are native to South East Asia where it is used in teas and as natural food dye. You can find the flower in several traditional recipes from Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar. It’s popular in rice and drinks where changing the PH alters the color. A few drops of lemon and the blueish tea turns a dreamy purple.
Butterfly Pea Tea might be known for it’s color-changing properties, but the health benefits are just as exciting.
Clitoria Ternatea contains an antioxidant called proanthocyanidin, which increases blood flow to the capillaries of the eyes, useful in treatment of glaucoma, blurred vision, retinal damage or tired eyes.
Improve hair growth
Rich in bioflavonoids, Butterfly Pea can promote hair growth and reduce greying of hair.
Butterfly Pea’s antioxidants stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, which helps rejuvenate the skin and lessen wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
Butterfly Pea has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac particularly for women and used to treat menstruation problems or white vaginal discharge.
Flavonoids, anthocyanins and phenolic compounds in Butterfly Pea flowers activate antioxidant activity, which helps decrease oxidative stress caused by disease causing and ageing free radicals.
Butterfly Pea has been shown to enhance cognitive function and boost brain function.
Butterfly Pea promotes normal urination, which in turn lowers blood pressure.
Clitoria Ternatea has been used traditionally as a local anaesthetic as it has been shown to help relieve pain and swelling.
Butterfly Pea has a calming effect on the body, reducing stress and anxiety.
The deep indigo flowers contain flavonoids. Found in almost all fruits and vegetables, flavonoids are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits.
It is used in common cold, cough & asthma as it acts as an expectorant and reduces the irritation of respiratory organs.
Anti-anxiety and depression
Indications are that high doses of Butterfly Pea may be adaptogenic – helping the body deal with stressors.
How to use: Simply steep 10 flowers, fresh or dried, in a cup of hot water, let sit 15 minutes.
When there is no color left in the petal, strain the liquid and discard the flowers. You will be left with an amazing indigo coloured broth.
Butterfly-pea flower tea commonly contains dried lemongrass, which can be added during steeping to improve flavor.
The tea can also be consumed with some drops of lime juice to create a sweet ‘n’ sour flavor and turn the luminous indigo tea a deeper purple color.
Tip: Mix the tea with fuchsia roselle hibiscus and the tea will turn a bright red color.