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Butterfly Pea


aka clitoria ternatea, Asian pigeonwings , bluebellvine, blue pea, butterfly pea,

cordofan pea , Darwin pea


Propagate: seedings

Light: sunny

Water: once a day

Soil: good drainage

Fertilizer: twice a month


Boosts brain health : Blue butterfly pea contains Acetylcholine, and its consumption can increase the levels of Acetylcholine in the brain. Acetylcholine decreases with progress in age, causing loss of memory and other problems. Consumption of blue butterfly pea can reverse this process and improve the thinking abilities.

Fights against cancers : The blue butterfly pea can fight against cancers by penetrating the cancer cell membranes and inhibit their growth. Blue butterfly pea plant is one of those few plants that contain cyclotides, which have peptides with anti-tumor benefits.

Treats internal inflammation : Consumption of blue butterfly pea tea helps in treating internal inflammation and swelling of the body. It can also provide relief from general pains like headaches.

Making the blue butterfly pea tea is quite simple and easy. And because it comes loaded with immense health benefits, it is often substituted for cups of caffeine. It is often served warm, though some people may like it cold. You can add honey, ginger, or mint to enhance the taste and benefits. The changes color based on the agent added to the tea.

Here is how to make blue butterfly pea tea – your healthy cup of caffeine-free beverage

– Take about a dozen butterfly pea flowers and steep them in hot water until the color of the water changes to a vivid blue and the flowers turn pink. If you do not have fresh flowers, use dry flowers instead.

-- Let the tea brew for about 10 minutes.Strain the liquid in a cup.Add a dash of lemongrass, lemon drops, honey or ginger to enhance the taste. The color of the tea will change accordingly, like lemon may make it purplish.Serve it warm or cold.

Lowers blood pressure : Patients who suffer from high blood pressure or hypertension can take the blue butterfly pea tea to control the same.

Good for skin : Blue butterfly pea is full of antioxidants and has properties that reverse the damage caused to the skin by sugar molecules. Sugar molecules cause skin aging due to the process of Glycation, that causes damage to skin proteins. Blue butterfly pea tea has anti-Glycation and can prevent premature aging.

Helps in digestion : The antioxidants present in blue butterfly pea tea can relax the stomach muscles and make the digestive process easier and faster.

Acts as an antidepressant : The vivid, bright blue color of the blue butterfly pea tea can help people who are suffering from depression.

Helps in pregnancy : The blue butterfly pea plant derives its botanical name from the resemblance it shows for the female genitals, the clitoris. As such, it is believed to help in conception, and much like chamomile and green teas, it provides a healthy alternative to caffeine during pregnancy.

Helps in diabetes : Blue butterfly pea has the amazing property of control the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. Hence the plant is often used to treat diabetic patients.

For general pains and aches : The extract of the juice of butterfly pea with a little salt can be used to steam the site of ear infection. If you suffer from migraines, chew two dried leaves of blue butterfly pea. It also helps with headaches.

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