Benefits of Butterfly pea Flower
Amazing benefits of Butterfly pea flower that many of us did not know. Here are the amazing benefits of Butterfly pea flower.
Butterfly pea Flower(Clitoria ternatea) is commonly known as Asian pigeonwings, bluebellvine, blue pea, cordofan pea, and Darwin pea. It is very popular in Blue tea. This is a plant species that belongs to the family Fabaceae.
It is one of the common plants in most Southeast Asian countries. While consuming as a tea it is a caffeine-free one, and it contains good antioxidants. In India, it is one of the holy flower, used in daily puja rituals. These flowers were imagined to have the shape of human female genitals, hence the Latin name of the genus “Clitoria”, from “clitoris”.
And also used in Chinese medicine, the plant has been ascribed properties affecting female libido due to its similar appearance to the female reproductive organ. This flower is available in colors such as blue, white, purple and Red.
It is also used as a dye. This herbal flower I used as one of the traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It has amazing qualities some of them are mentioned below:
- Memory enhancing
- Antistress & anxiolytic
- Tranquilizing, and sedative properties.
Nutritional Value of Butterfly pea Flower
This Butterfly pea flower contains a nutritional value such as triterpenoids, flavonol glycosides, anthocyanins and steroids, anthocyanins.
100 g of dry weight
- 0.9 mg ash
- 8.94 mg of soluble minerals
- 41.27 mg of crude protein
- 29.18 mg soluble carbohydrate
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Amazing benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower
- Treats Menstrual problems or white vaginal discharge (leucorrhoea).
- Helps relieve pain and swelling.
- Improve skin – It contains antioxidants that stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, this may help to rejuvenate the skin, reduces wrinkles and treats aging.
- It is good Antioxidant
- Nootropic – It enhances cognitive function and boosts brain function.
- Diuretic – It helps in normal urination, which in turn lowers blood pressure
- Helps in hair growth – It is rich in bioflavonoids, which may help in hair growth and also reduce greying of hair.
- Anxiolytic – It has a calming effect on the body, reducing stress and anxiety Anti-inflammatory (contain Flavonoids)
- Anti-anxiety and depression
- It is good for diabetic
- Anti-HIV – It contains cyclotides, which have exhibited anti-HIV effects.
- Anti-cancer and anti-tumor It has Anti-microbial property
- Anti-pyretic – It helps reduce fever by dilating the blood vessels right beneath the skin.
- Improve eyesight – It contains an antioxidant called proanthocyanidin, this may help to increases blood flow to the capillaries of the eyes. It is very helpful in the treatment of blurred vision, glaucoma, retinal damage or tired eyes.
- Anti-Asthmatic – Reduces the irritation of respiratory organs hence it is used for common cold, cough & asthma
How Butterfly Pea Flower can be used:
Southasian people use this as a natural food color to glutinous rice.
Similarly, Malaysians also use this flower. The color of rice turns blue by adding some buds of this flower into the pot.
You can serve this as a refreshing drink like lemonade. Hot tea is also a good choice in winter.
This blue color attracts not only kids, this can be used in many dishes like Omlet which is popular in Taiwan.
Its also popular in many dishes like cake, pastries, falooda, rice recipes and more.
To extract the blue color, you can simply boil some flowers in water. After that, you can filter, refrigerate and use the water for a week.
How to make blue tea or purple tea?
For a Hot Brew:10 Nos of butterfly pea, 1 cup water and make to boil for 05 mins your Blue Tea is ready to serve.
For a Cold Brew: 10 Nos of butterfly pea flowers, 1 cup water and keep it for 12 hours your Blue Tea is ready to serve.
Above all, you can add Honey for good taste. For example, you can add lemon. It gives flavor and color this turns to a purple one.
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