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 with 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 rejuvenator.
Rich in antioxidants, the blue Butterfly Pea Flower Tea has anti aging properties that help the skin preserve young look. That’s why it can be considered superfood, same as many other antioxidant-rich fruits and herbs.
It has also anti glycation properties. Glycation is 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.
In addition, 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 obviously 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 how to produce your own natural shampoo using dried butterfly pea flowers.
BRAIN, MEMORY AND MIND
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 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 treatment of blurred vision, retinal damage or conjunctivitis (pink eye).
Butterfly Pea reduces irritation of respiratory system, it’s alleged to help with cold, cough and asthma.
Cyclotides contained in Butterfly Pea can cause the cancer cell death by disrupting cell membrane integrity.
The flavonoids contained in the blue Butterfly Pea have anti inflammatory effects and boost 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 inhibiting effects of plant-based foods on α-glucosidase and α-amylase – enzymes that break down carbohydrates.
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 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.
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 table spoons 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-coloured drink.
You can spice it up with the following ingredients:
- 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 more tasty.
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
There aren’t any known side effect 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
- tea bags
I personally use the dried butterfly pea flowers and make a tea in a kettle that lasts me all day. Of course, I have other drinks during the day but I don’t have to make every cup separately.
The tea bags are the most expensive option, if you look 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. A home made ice cream in this bright blue color with such a great health benefits definitely 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.
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 definitely worth adding to your drinking routine.
Powder made from Butterfly Pea is a great option how to increase nutritional value of your smoothies a desserts and make them look special with its natural bright blue color.
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