Read all about the long list of blue butterfly pea flower tea health benefits in this article. Also, learn how to make it with two unique recipes.
Have you been feeling drained or forgetful lately? Butterfly Pea Flower, scientifically known as Clitoria ternatea, is here to help as a memory enhancer, brain booster, and an anti-stress agent. Keep reading to know the blue butterfly pea flower tea health benefits.
Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Health Benefits
Well, this beautiful flower promises to do wonders and improve your overall health. A few listed benefits of consuming this flower as a tea are-
- Rejuvenates skin and prevents premature aging signs.
- Act as a Nootropic that helps in enhancing cognitive function and boosting brain function.
- It contains powerful antioxidants, flavonoids with anti-inflammatory properties that benefit the overall immunity and health of a person.
- Reduces irritation in respiratory organs when suffering from common cold, cough, or asthma.
- High doses of Butterfly Pea can help you deal with anxiety and depression, as it helps the body deal with stressors.
- The flower is also used as a local anesthetic that helps in relieving pain and swelling.
- Activates antioxidants in the body as it is a rich source of flavonoids, anthocyanins, and phenolic; which eventually help decrease oxidative stress.
- It also acts as an aphrodisiac, especially for women.
- The unique flower is also one of the few herbs to contain cyclotides, a compound that has exhibited anti-HIV effects in studies.
- Enriched with bioflavonoids, ‘Butterfly Pea’ promotes hair growth and reduces premature greying of hair.
- Contains proanthocyanidin, which increases blood flow to the eyes’ capillaries and thus helps to treat glaucoma, blurred vision, retinal damage, or tired eyes.
The Caffeine-Free Herbal Blue Tea
Native to Southeast Asia, Butterfly Pea Flower Tea is traditionally used as Chinese or Ayurvedic medicine. With so many beauty and wellness benefits, this tea is a top-shelf choice for a healthy lifestyle.
Heat the required amount of water, add tea leaves/petals, steep, and sip! It’s as easy to consume as any other tea. The plus point here is that the tea color is not the same dull black or brown. It can change its deep blue color into another hue depending upon the amount of water and other additives. The final color depends on the pH level of the ingredients you add to the tea.
For example – adding lemon juice or any other citrus juice turns the tea’s blue color to purple.
How to Consume Pea flower?
You can make this tea with the dried petals of the beautiful and bright, cobalt blue Butterfly Pea flower. However, people also use fresh flower petals to make tasty concoctions with it. Here’s how you can make tea from Butterfly Pea flowers.
Butterfly Pea Flower Hot Tea
- One cup of hot water
- A teaspoon of dried butter pea flower petals or ten fresh flower petals
- Steep for around 15 minutes
- Next, strain the tea when there are no colors left in the flower petals.
You have a fantastic indigo-colored herbal concoction.
- You can add dried lemongrass during steeping to improve the flavor.
- Add some drops of lime juice if you want a sweet and sour taste and turn your luminous indigo tea into a deeper purple color.
- For a bright red color, add fuchsia roselle hibiscus buds to your tea.
Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade
- A cup of hot water
- Three teaspoons of fresh or dried flower leaves
- Steep for around 15 minutes
- Strain the tea once the water turns indigo
- Squeeze half a lemon into the tea and stir
- Add honey or sugar to sweeten the beverage as per your taste
- Serve with crushed ice in it
Anything in extreme has its adverse effect. Similarly, the over-consumption of this blue tea may cause discomforts like nausea and diarrhea. Pregnant and lactating women are advised to consult their doctors before consuming this natural ingredient.
Try this colorful beverage today and start your healthy living regime by having a cup of this unique tea.