Butterfly Pea Flower Organic Herbal Tisane is a rare, caffeine-free herbal treat. Also known as Asian pigeonwings and blue pea, the scientific name of this botanical is Clitoria ternatea. There are several phytochemicals of note that are present within the colorful flowers, especially anthocyanins, which is an antioxidant flavonoid pigment that is the source of the beautiful blues and purples in butterfly pea flowers, blueberries, eggplant, black rice, red onion, and many others. Other primary phytochemicals in the flowers include quercetin, kaempferol, and myricetin glycosides, all of which provide antioxidant actions in the body.
This herb has been used in the Ayurvedic tradition of medicine to address several issues. It is purported to enhance memory and cognitive function, along with improving anxiety and depression. The flowers have antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anticancer properties. The root has been used with liver, intestinal, and skin issues. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the flowers have been used to enhance female libido.
In Asia, Butterfly Pea Flowers are often used in culinary and beverage applications to impart beautiful blue or purple hues to the creation. The flowers are often infused along with lemongrass and honey and can be consumed hot or iced. Probably the one thing that has brought Butterfly Pea Flowers out of the shadows of Asia is its "magical" color-changing properties. Add a squeeze of lemon to the infusion and it turns from blue to purple, but it can change to other colors depending on what is added to it.
Our whole organic Butterfly Pea Flowers are from the Petchabun Province in north-central Thailand. The tisane has a soft, sweet, floral aroma and a delicate and pleasantly sweet taste.