Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Benefits - dried flowers and tea in glass

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Benefits

I’ve recently come across this special plant called Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea) and to my surprise, I found out the effects cover not only anti-aging but many health issues. You will see there are many reasons why to add it to your regularly-consumed teas.

The list of the Butterfly Pea flower tea benefits is so long that it seems almost too good to be true. But many of them are supported by studies and the plant has been successfully used for centuries.

What is Butterfly Pea

Clitoria ternatea, also known as Butterfly Pea, Blue Bell Vine, Blue Pea, Asian Pigeon Wings, Cordofan Pea, and Darwin Pea is full of potent ingredients.

Being a herb native to tropical equatorial Asia, Clitoria Ternatea has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine as a brain booster, anti-stress agent, and memory enhancer.

It contains saponins (counteract oxidative stress), phenols (anti-septic), triterpenoids (anti-inflammatory), alkaloids (stimulants), and flavonoids (antioxidant, anti-atherosclerosis).


Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Benefits

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea is a drink made from the flowers of Clitoria ternatea. It is caffeine-free, natural, and safe to drink.


It’s called a rejuvenator.

Rich in antioxidants, the Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Tea has anti-aging properties that help the skin preserve the young look. That’s why it can be considered a superfood, just like many other antioxidant-rich fruits and herbs.

It has also anti-glycation properties. Glycation is the attachment of sugar to proteins or lipids. The proteins in our skin that make it look plump and bouncy – collagen and elastin – are damaged by the glycation and we can see the skin sagging, showing wrinkles and losing radiance.

Besides, it is believed to boost collagen production. I haven’t found any studies to support that, but have you noticed how plump and elastic the skin of women in Asia is? There might be something about this claim.


Rich in anthocyanins, naturally occurring pigments, this tea supports blood circulation, which is also good for hair growth.

I’ve found out that ancient Thai medicine allegedly used the Butterly Pea plant to treat premature greying and male pattern baldness.

It is supposed to help prevent hair greying.

There are also recipes on how to produce your natural shampoo using dried butterfly pea flowers.


Butterfly Pea Flower Tea has been used as a brain booster by mental workers, students, teachers, researchers in areas where this plant naturally grows.

  • – boosts memory
  • – enhances mood
  • – may help reduce symptoms of anxiety
  • – may help treat depression


Butterfly Pea has mild laxative effects so it helps with constipation, supports bile production, and works well on indigestion.


Butterfly Pea is a natural diuretic, helping promote normal urination.


Butterfly Pea helps to lose weight by burning fat.

It can also increase appetite if you want to gain weight naturally.

These two claims seem to contradict themselves, don’t they? However, it is just the fact that Butterfly Pea helps you to achieve a balance in your weight.


If you suffer from low energy, feel tired or drained, the blue tea made from Butterfly Pea flowers can help you with that, too. It increases vitality and boosts your brain.


Butterfly Pea is rich in proanthocyanidins that have the potent antioxidant capacity and possible protective effects on human health. Proanthocyanidins are contained in many fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries. They increase blood flow to the capillaries of the eyes, thus being useful in the treatment of blurred vision, retinal damage, or conjunctivitis (pink eye).


Butterfly Pea reduces irritation of the respiratory system, it’s alleged to help with cold, cough, and asthma.


Cyclotides contained in Butterfly Pea can cause cancer cell death by disrupting cell membrane integrity.


The flavonoids contained in the blue Butterfly Pea have anti-inflammatory effects and boost the immune system, just like many other fruits that contain flavonoids.


A study with dried plants Hibiscus sabdariffa (Roselle), Chrysanthemum Indicum (chrysanthemum), Morus alba (mulberry), Aegle marmelos (bael), and Clitoria ternatea (butterfly pea) evaluated the inhibiting effects of plant-based foods on α-glucosidase and α-amylase – enzymes that break down carbohydrates.

The results of the study suggest that Butterfly Pea could be useful for developing functional foods, combining plant-based foods for treatment and prevention of diabetes mellitus.


A study in 2010 was researching the effects of Clitoria ternatea and Vigna mungo (mungo beans) on hyperlipidemia, one of the major risk factors for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases. Results show that these plants reduce total cholesterol, triglycerides, and normalize the HDL/LDL ratio.

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Benefits - tea in glass on table

The Taste Of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

The taste of the blue tea made from Butterly Pea Flower is hard to describe but I find it a bit similar to green tea.

There is also a slight hint of peas.

The tea is not strong at all and it doesn’t smell.

However, the dried flowers smell very nice, there is a hint of dried fruits there. To me, it is a bit like dried strawberries or cranberries smell. But the taste is nothing like fruits. It is just like a very weak green tea.

How Do You Drink Butterfly Pea Flowers?

You can make a hot or cold drink. It is usually consumed as a tea but the flowers can be infused in cold water as well. Adding ice cubes, you’ll get a refreshing and energy-boosting summer drink.

How to prepare tea from Butterfly Pea flowers:

Put 2 tablespoons in a glass bowl and add 1 liter of boiling water. Leave it for about 10 minutes, strain it, and discard the flowers.

You will be amazed by a bright indigo-colored drink.

You can spice it up with the following ingredients:

  • lemon
  • honey
  • mint
  • ginger
  • passion fruit

If you add lemon to the tea, you’ll get a purple tea.

I love it with coconut milk or soya milk just like matcha tea. I think it makes the drink much tastier.

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea benefits - tea with soya milk

The Color

Butterfly Pea is pH sensitive so if you put something acidic like lemon juice into your cup of blue tea, it turns purple.

Is Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Safe?

It is completely safe to drink Butterfly Pea Flower Tea every day. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers

Side Effects

There aren’t any known side effects of drinking Butterfly Pea Flower Tea. However, overuse can cause nausea and diarrhea.

How Often Can You Drink Butterfly Pea Flower Tea?

You can drink it every day if you wish. I prefer using various teas depending on my actual mood and there are weeks when I have the same kind of tea in a row, whereas other weeks I just go for a different one every day.

Can butterfly pea flower be eaten raw?

Yes, it can. You can eat the fresh flowers if you see the plant in Thailand or India, but if you have the dried flowers ready for your tea, you can also ground them and add them into food, just like any other herb.

Where Can You Buy It?

It is always best to buy from certified producers and make sure the herbal tea is organic and non-GMO.

You can buy the Butterfly Pea Flower in 3 forms:

  • dried flowers
  • powder
  • teabags

I use the dried butterfly pea flowers and make tea in a kettle that lasts me all day. Of course, I have other drinks during the day, but don’t have to make every cup separately.

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The teabags are the most expensive option, if you look at how much they are on Amazon, you can see that the price for just 30 bags is more than if you buy a pack of dried flowers that will last you longer.

I haven’t tried the powder yet but I think it’s a great option too as you can add it to your smoothies, yogurts, and other foods. Homemade ice cream in this bright blue color with such great health benefits comes handy. You can look at the powder on Amazon HERE.

These powdered forms of superfoods are great as you can also use them as an energy booster instead of coffee. I replaced instant coffee with mesquite powder and cocoa completely because the instant coffee gave me a rash.

Have you never heard of mesquite powder? You can read about it in my article What Is Mesquite Powder.

Final Thoughts

When you look at all the properties described above, it is obvious that there are many butterfly pea flower tea benefits for human health. It seems almost like a magical plant. There’s no magic behind it. Just the power of nature.

Just like with matcha tea, butterfly pea flower tea is worth adding to your drinking routine.

Powder made from Butterfly Pea is a great option on how to increase the nutritional value of your smoothies or desserts and make them look special with its natural bright blue color.


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It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

16 thoughts on “Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Benefits

  1. Hello,
    I have never heard of the butterfly pea flower not to mention have not heard of the tea either, but I’m all about doing natural things and amazed it does so many great things for the body. The greatest thing that stands out is the ability of this plant to fight cancer. As I viewed the product, it’s reasonable price and can be mixed with almost anything to take.
    Thank you for sharing this knowledge.

    1. Hello Audrey, I’m glad you like the properties of the Butterfly Pea Flower. It is a great plant and tea not much known in Europe where I live but it is common in Asia. It really is special and I drink it very often now. Hope you’ll like the taste as well!

  2. Is the tea blue for real? Where has this tea been, how come I never heard of it before. The benefits are more than enough to make me want to try this. And you stated that the taste isn’t strong then that’s an added bonus. Many people would find that they really need this. Thanks for a lot for this article.

    1. Yeah, it is! I thought the same when I read about all the benefits, like is that even possible? But it really is and I drink it now almost every day because I believe it makes my body healthier and makes me look younger 🙂 

  3. It is packed with life! I have never heard of the butterfly pea. I wonder what it is in local languages. Currently I am in Africa touring the world. But I have memory problems. I even forget the most essentials like car keys or even what I had for lunch. It is very disturbing. I have not read about any side effects even if it’s strong. I want it. Will try Amazon if they ship to Africa. Thank you for that life review.

    1. Sorry to hear about your memory problems. I think you have nothing to lose really with this tea when you try it, your memory might get better. You never know what’s going on in your body and you might be missing something in your nutrition. This special tea really is packed with life, almost like a miracle. But it’s real. Try it and let me know if it helps, I really wish for you to find a cure for your problem.

  4. Interesting…never heard of this Butterfly Pea Tea…and I smile as I write because I interpreted ‘pea’ to mean ‘pee’ – this was my first thought…no offense meant…lol.

    I have seen these flowers where I live and I had no clue what they were and the good that they can do. Your article is a BIG eye-opener for me – in more ways than one.
    What a powerhouse of a plant.

    Love the idea of making Matcha tea with it…and I love the color too. I will definitely have to check out this tea/drink. Not just because of it beautiful color but its cornucopia of health healing possibilities.

    Thanks so much for sharing, Lenka. Great job!

    1. Butterfly pee, that is funny 🙂 This tea really is almost miraculous and it’s by far not as popular as Matcha tea. The taste is quite plain but when you add coconut milk or almond milk to it, it’s nice. Anyway, worth trying. It’s part of my big selection of healthy teas and drinks.

  5. Hi Lenka, Thank you so much for such an interesting post about this fascinating herb. I’ve never heard of the Butterfly Pea Flower, it sounds truly exotic! And the benefits are so many that it really must be a highly potent plant. I like the fact that it tastes a bit like green tea, bit its colour is blue! Is this tea possible to drink before going to bed as a calming drink, or would it keep you awake? Thanks for your advice.

  6. I have never heard of this butterfly pea flower.  It sure sounds like it covers everything from physical appearance to mental clarity.  What an amazing product.  Trust a unique tea to be able to provide so many positive benefits.

    The changing color when lemon is added is pretty cool.  I love that it truly comes from a flower and that it seems easy enough to mix up.  Have you found the tea has stronger properties in any of its 3 forms?

    Thank you for sharing this awesome tea with me, I will surely check it out.  I love green tea, so I think this maybe something I will like.  Great job.

    1. I think it just depends how strong you make the drink i.e. how many teaspoons of the flowers or how many tea bags you put in a jug. It is also always recommended on the package how to prepare the tea but I’ve seen many times that they recommend on a green tea pack that it should be brewed with 100°C hot water which is wrong so I don’t care much about the instructions and do my own research 🙂

      This tea is very mild and I’d even say the taste is rather dull, you don’t have to worry that it would be too strong.

  7. Hello Lenka Sophie, I read your article, and it seems that you discover a great tea, and thank you for sharing with us. I like to start to try Butterfly Pea Flower Tea, after reading all the benefits of it. I will recommend it also to my dad that is a diabetic person. It is so good that this flower has a positive impact on many health issues and the side effects are minimal. Thank you for writing this informative and detailed information about it. 

  8. Wow, this tea seems like a superfood for sure!  I like how beneficial it is for many parts of the body.  I actually have been diagnosed with cancer, so I am always on the lookout for something that will help keep my cancer away.  I will definitely look this up!  Do you recommend getting the tea bags or dried flowers?  I’m wondering which tastes the best!

    1. Hi Brendon, sorry to hear that you have to fight cancer. You are right, there are many miraculous herbs and plants that are of great help to us. I would definitely recommend the dried flowers because it’s always more natural than tea bags. I always order teas and herbs in bulk, like these organic dried butterfly pea flowers.

  9. Okay, I have finally found a website or at least a post that relates to me. I am a 56-year-old grandmother of three, and anti-aging is exactly what I was, and have been looking for. However, I did not know that I could get it through a plant named Butterfly Pea Flower which blew me away. I especially like that it helps with skin, hair, digestion, and heart health, these are my worries today. I also like that it is caffeine FREE, love that.

    I was wondering if this Butterfly Pea Flower, comes in a cream form? So that I can use it as a night cream.

    1. It seems that the Butterfly Pea Flower is only used in shampoos, I haven’t found any cream with it. But to be honest, what we eat and drink affects our skin more than creams.

      Of course, I also take care of my skin with serums and creams to treat existing wrinkles. From my research, the most efficient anti-aging ingredients are retinol, hyaluronic acid, and matrixyl. It’s confirmed by studies and recommended by dermatologists as well. A retinol serum really helps, but the retinol content has to be specified on the bottle. Many skincare products, even the most expensive ones, do not say how much of which ingredient is contained in the serum or cream. The retinol content should be at least 1%.

      If you have very sensitive skin, you might find hyaluronic acid or bakuchiol (retinol alternative with similar effects) better for you. 

      I have a great experience with retinol serum at night, and a matrixyl serum in the morning, followed by an oil or moisturizing cream. 

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