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 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. Want beautiful glowing skin and hair? Butterfly pea flower works wonders there as well.
Besides the fact that the flower creates a beautiful, midnight blue colored tea, it’s actually quite delicious 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 system and immune system.
I prefer to cold-brew my tea, but you can also steep it in boiling water for a minute for hot tea.