Clitoria Ternatea (Butterfly Pea Tea, Blue Tea)

Origin: Thailand
Harvest: 2018
Availability: In Stock

Common names of Clitoria Ternatea: Butterfly Bean, Butterfly Pea, Blue Pea, Blue Tea, Aparajita flower, Conch flower, Sangupushpam (Tamil name)

Clitoria ternatea originally grows in tropical equatorial Asia, was also introduced into Africa, Australia and America.

Butterfly pea tea health benefits

In traditional Ayurvedic medicine Aparajita flower (Clitoria ternatea) is known as nootropic and relaxant, anticonvulsant and sedative treatment. It has been used for centuries as natural remedy for anxiety and natural cure for depression. Butterfly pea is also mentioned as herb for intelligence and memory improvement.

Various medical studies have shown that the methanol extract of the Clitoria ternatea has nootropic, anxiolytic, antidepressant, anticonvulsant and anti-stress properties. Active components of Blue tea include tannin, resin, starch, tarakserol and tarakseron.

Also flowers of Butterfly Pea contains a large amount of anthocyanins, which make them a dark blue color. Anthocyanins have remarkable healing properties:
- Produce a bactericidal effect - they can destroy various kinds of harmful bacteria and help the immune system to struggle with the infection.
- Strengthen capillary walls and have anti-edema effect.
- Improve the structure of the fibers and connective tissue cells.
- Are powerful antioxidants - they bind free radicals of oxygen and prevent damage of cell membranes.
- Stabilize the structure of cell membranes and actively stimulate regeneration processes, preventing aging and destruction of cells.

Useful properties of anthocyanins are used in medicine for production of various biological additives, especially for ophthalmology. Scientists have found that anthocyanins are well accumulated in retina. Due to their healing properties, they help restore eye health after serious diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts . People who regularly eat foods rich in anthocyanins, have keen eyesight. Their eyes tolerate high loads and can easily cope with fatigue.

Clitoria often used in cosmetics. In addition to the beneficial anthocyanins, it contains a lot of iron and vitamins (C, D, E and very rare B1, B2, B3, B4). Blue tea salutary influences nails, hair and skin: nourishes and strengthens. Regular consumption of blue tea strengthens the nail plate and makes nail color more even.

Recently, several bioactive peptides have been extracted from thermostable extract fractions of Clitoria ternatea. Researches found that these peptides provide potent antimicrobial activity against Escherichia coli, K. pneumonia, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and cytotoxicity against Hela cells. Active substances of Clitoria can become the major components for the development of new antimicrobial and anticancer agents.

But step back a bit from modern medicine and turn to the ancient alchemists and doctors. The herb has got the name 'Clitoria' since its flowers look similar to the female reproductive organ. In traditional medicine, because of the likeness to a part of the human body, this healing herb has been attributed to properties that effect the corresponding organ (another well-known example is mandrake plant). Clitoria ternatea traditionally used as a treatment for sexual diseases, it is known as natural treatment for gonorrhea and herbal infertility treatment. Butterfly pea tea was employed for control the menstrual flow and also used as a sexual enhancer or aphrodisiac. This practice corresponds to ancient knowledge from the book called "The Doctrine of Signatures".

Taste of Blue Tea: The liquor has amazing intense blue color and thick brew looks like blue ink. But flavor is not distinguished. Clitoria has grassy/vegetable taste, no sweet, no bitter, little bit tart or even astringent.

What is "The Doctrine of Signatures"?

Most likely, this concept was first made public by Paracelsus (1493-1541), a Swiss physician, alchemist and philosopher. He believed that nature is a living organism, and the man and the universe are also life forms. Paracelsus discovered many signs of a connection between the appearance of plants and human diseases. Later, in the early 1600s, Jacob Boehme (1575-1624), a simple cobbler from the German town of Goerlitz , at the age of 25 has experienced a profound mystical vision. A connection between human, nature and the Creator of all things has been opened to him. As a result, he's wrote a book "Signatura Rerum" ("Signatures of all things" ). At that time his book had become an example of spiritual connection between human beings the world of nature and the concept of "signature of God" had been accepted by medicine. The book "The Doctrine of Signatures" was written by botanist William Coles (1626-1662) , who eventually popularized this concept for practical medical applications.

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I love this tea....amazingly relaxing! And such a pretty blue color! Love.

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