A traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, butterfly pea flower has been consumed for centuries as a memory enhancer, brain booster, anti-stress and calmative agent.
Known for its luminous indigo color, Butterfly Pea has traditionally been used in cooking, to color deserts or to make a strikingly vibrant colored tea.
Butterfly Pea is jam-packed full of health promoting antioxidants, flavonoids and peptides and has shown considerable promise in animal studies as a natural remedy for a range of health complaints.
Benefits of Butterfly Pea (Clitoria Ternatea)
Improve eyesight 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.
Improve skin Butterfly Pea’s antioxidants stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, which helps rejuvenate the skin and lessen wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
Aphrodisiac Butterfly Pea has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac particularly for women and used to treat menstruation problems or white vaginal discharge (leucorrhoea).
Antioxidant Flavonoids, anthocyanins and phenolic compounds in Butterfly Pea flowers activate antioxidant activity, which helps decrease oxidative stress caused by disease causing and aging free radicals.
Nootropic Butterfly Pea has been shown to enhance cognitive function and boost brain function.
Diuretic Butterfly Pea promotes normal urination, which in turn lowers blood pressure
Analgesic Clitoria Ternatea has been used traditionally as a local anaesthetic as it has been shown to help relieve pain and swelling.
Anxiolyhic Butterfly Pea has a calming effect on the body, reducing stress and anxiety
Anti-inflammatory The deep indigo flowers contain flavonoids. Found in almost all fruits and vegetables, flavonoids are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits.
Anti-Asthmatic 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.
Anti-diabetic Butterfly Pea has shown to inhibit glucose intake from the diet.
Anti-HIV Butterfly Pea is one of the few herbs to contain cyclotides, which have exhibited anti-HIV effects in studies.
Anti-cancer and anti-tumor Clitoria Ternatea’s cyclotides can cause cancer cell death by disrupting cell membrane integrity.
Anti-microbial In several Indian studies, Butterfly Pea exhibited significant anti-microbial effects against Staphylococcus Aureus.
Anti-convulsant Butterfly Pea has been shown to help reduce the severity and stress on the body from convulsions useful in treating epilepsy.
Anti-pyretic Clitoria Ternatea can help reduce fever by dilating the blood vessels right beneath the skin, whereby air can cool the blood easier.
Ingredients: Wild Harvested Butterfly Pea flowers from Thailand
Add 1 Teaspoon (about 4-6 flowers) of butterfly pea flowers to 1 cup of hot water. Steep for about 5-7 minutes. Add lemon for purple color & for extra vitamins.