Butterfly Pea Flower Tea – Goodness of Nature
About Butterfly Pea Flower Plant
Butterfly pea flower which also known by local names like shankh pushpi, Gokarna in regional languages this flower holds an important position in Asian culture. With its bright royal blue color, it is used as a natural food color in Thai cousins. Known as shankhpushpi in Ayurveda, this flower has been recognized as ‘Medhya Rasayana’– meaning a drug that rejuvenates, maintains, and potentiates intellect and memory.
The plant can be cultivated using seeds. It is a climber and grows easily in smaller areas as well. It can be used as an amazing wall cover but since it grows fast it is challenging to train this climber.
There are some great benefits of this plant, mainly the flowers. A few notable benefits are as follows
- Antioxidant: The flower gets its blue color from a flavonoid called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have antioxidant and anti-aging effects.
- Memory tonic: It is believed to improve memory and cognitive ability.
- Respiratory track: It is used in Ayurveda as a remedy for common cold, cough & asthma as it acts as an expectorant and it reduces the irritation of respiratory track.
- Anti-HIV: It is one of the few herbs that contain anti-HIV agents like cyclotides.
- Diuretic: It promotes normal urination, hence good for reducing water retention.
- Blood purifier: It’s rasa composition works to purify the blood and improve conditions like acne, pimple, etc.
- Anxiety: It is a good mood booster, and has a calming effect on the brain.
- Diabetes: Consuming Butterfly pea tea between two meals might regulate insulin and avoid sugar spikes.
Caution: Consume tea in moderation. Though there are no significant side effects reported, it is always better to stay in limits of moderation.
How to make Butterfly pea tea
Place fresh or dried flowers in an earthen or glass pot. Pour boiling hot water and cover. Allow the color of flowers to get transferred in the water. Let it stand for 10 minutes and then strain to get royal blue color tea. Do not let it stay for more than 10 minutes as it will impart a bitter taste to the extract. You can consume it cold with ice or at room temperature. You can also add herbs like lemongrass, tulsi, etc to add a different flavor to this tea.
Let’s have some fun
Color Changing Lemonade : When butterfly pea flower tea is combined with acidic ingredients like lemon juice or orange juice, the solution transforms into a bright purple color. Though this may seem like magic, it is the result of a chemical change caused by the flower’s pH level. Watch this video to know how to make the color changing lemonade.