Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Butterfly Pea Flower is found throughout South East Asia. In Thailand the flower is used for tea, dye, and for it’s medicinal properties. If you’ve ever had the beautiful blue rice served with your meal in Thailand, you can be certain that it’s not artificial food dye, but from the rice being cooked with the butterfly pea flower. As an herbal tea it is naturally caffeine-free, and can be served hot or cold.
Thai’s believe the flower has many medicinal properties, especially for your kidneys, blood, and immune system. Naturally high in antioxidants, the flower can help reduce oxidative stress caused from a build-up in environmental and food toxins in your body. Current research is studying the effect the properties of this plant have on cancer, specifically lung cancer. Want beautiful glowing skin and hair? Butterfly pea flower is believed to work wonders there as well.
Besides the fact that the flower creates a beautiful, midnight blue colored tea, it’s actually quite tasty and refreshing. A little extra fun? Put a teaspoon of lemon or lime juice in your tea, and watch it transform from a midnight blue to a cross between a magenta and sangria color. Add dried lemongrass to provide additional flavor and benefits, especially for your digestive and immune systems.
When traveling throughout Thailand or other South East Asian countries, stop by a local market for fresh butterfly pea flower petals. You can find dried petals in many local stores, or purchase the fresh petals and dry them yourself. A large bag of either dried or fresh petals won’t cost you more than a couple dollars.