Butterfly Pea


Butterfly pea or Asian pigeonwings is a plant native to Asia and scientifically named as Clitoria ternatea. The most interesting feature is the colour of its flower, a brilliant blue, although some yield white flowers too. In southeast Asia the flower is used as a food colouring and as an Ayurvedic medicine.



Health Benefits

Ayurvedic medicine describes its benefits as having memory enhancing, antistress, antidepressant, anticonvulsant, tranquilizing, and sedative effects. Traditional Chinese medicine believe the flowers increase the female libido. Its extracts possess various pharmacological properties including antimicrobial, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, diuretic, local anaesthetic, antidiabetic, insecticidal, blood platelet aggregation inhibitive, and vascular smooth muscle relaxing effects. This plant is used for a long time in traditional medicine and the modern scientific studies have reconfirmed the effects. It is rich in magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, iron, and manganese. It is also full of antioxidants attributing to cancer-fighting properties and stimulating immune function. Some studies suggest that butterfly pea flower may help skin and hair health, lowers blood sugar and promote weight loss.

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

Butterfly pea tea is a tasty drink made of either dried or fresh flowers with an earthy taste and usually served after dinner, or as a refreshment either hot or cold. Tea can be served with honey, sugar, lemongrass, or lime juice. Adding lime juice will change the PH of the tea and bring a beautiful purple colour or even to red. This tea does not contain caffein and therefore a better alternative to regular tea and coffee.


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