Butterfly pea flower tea, sometimes referred to as “blue tea,” is a caffeine-free herbal infusion that has been used for centuries in Southeast Asia and has only recently been introduced to areas outside of the region. The tisane is made from steeping the flowers of the butterfly pea plant, which is known scientifically as Clitoria ternatea. Yes, its name comes from its resemblance to female genatalia, so stop giggling like children. Butterfly pea flower tea is consumed either hot or cold and the cold version is often mixed with honey, mint, passion fruit, cinnamon, and ginger. The tea is often drank after a meal and is as common in parts of Asia as chamomile is herein the United States.
In Southeast Asia, traditional uses for flowers of the butter fly pea include tea, culinary preparation in rice dishes such as nasi kerabu and various desserts, for dying clothes, and in shampoos for its benefits in promoting hair and scalp health. Butterfly pea flowers are still common in beauty products because of the positive effects the flavonoid quercetin has on skin and hair.
Butterfly pea flower tea is commonly used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. In folk medicine, the tea is consumed to aid with pain, inflammation, brain health, eye issues such as conjunctivitis, and to fight some forms of cancer. Recent studies have shown promise with butterfly pea flower tea combating inflammation. The tea does offer high concentrations of flavonoids, peptides, and antioxidants such as anthocyanin and consuming the tea is believed to have nootropic effects that may enhance brain and memory functions as well as elicit vivid dreams. And the butterfly pea flower tea is thought to be a great agent for protecting skin from premature aging from glycation, protein damage from an increase in sugar molecules, and the antioxidants present in the tea can stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis.
While we do not claim you should take any herbal remedy without consulting your physician, we can enthusiastically recommend you drink this tea for the fun factor. Just look at that brilliant blue color and tell us that does not look like a fun drink to offer up to guests after a meal this summer. And we have not even discussed its ability to change colors. Yes, butterfly pea flower tea changes color based on pH levels, so when you add an acid, such as lemon juice, the blue tea turns pink. Want a fun drink to help you with a gender-reveal party, where you pass out a blue refreshment and the guests are all convinced you are about to disclose you are having a boy only to surprise them with the announcement of your soon-to-be daughter when they add some lemon to their drinks?!?!
The blend offered below, called Magic Butterfly, is our take on the traditional drink from Southeast Asia and consists of butterfly pea flowers, white tea, lemongrass, and natural flavors. We are happy to announce our tea is grown, blended, and packaged here on our tea farm on the Big Island of Hawai’i, allowing us to insure you are getting the best organically-grown ingredients that are shipped out days after harvesting.
Magic Butterfly is NOW AVAILABLE! Why not try our NEW signature blend of white tea, lemongrass, and Butterfly Pea Flower with natural flavoring? Butterfly Pea Flower is grown with organic methods on our tea farm on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Steeping Notes: Steep 1 Tbsp tea for every 16 ounce mug. May be prepared and enjoyed hot or cooled slightly after steeping and then poured over ice. For a dramatic effect - squeeze a lemon in your tea and watch the liquid change from a vivid blue to a beautiful pink.
Packed size(s) makes 15 cups based on single infusion (may receive more cups based on number of infusions)
If you are looking to stock up on medicinal herbal teas, read about the health benefits of hibiscus tea and order some 🌺 hibiscus tea🌺 below.
100% PURE Hibiscus (Roselle Sabdariffa) - Tart and delicious served hot or COLD. We are proud to announce: Farm to Cup - Grown with organic methods on our tea farm on the Big Island of Hawaii! Picked, dried, and directly shipped to you at it's peak freshness.
Staff recommends: Add 1.5 tsp - 2 tsp per cup of room temp water. Place liquid in refrigerator and allow to cold infuse 4-6 hours or overnight. Strain tea leaves - Pour over ice and add a squeeze of lime/lemon/orange, and sweeten to taste. Makes a delicious ruby red, caffeine free "iced tea".
For medicinal infusion - steep 1 Tbsp. of crushed hibiscus blossom for 5-10 minutes in 212 degree water. Add a squeeze of orange/lemon/lime, and sweeten to taste. Consume 2-3 cups per day for 6 weeks. Recent studies have shown hibiscus may reduce blood pressure.
Packed size(s) makes 15/60 cups based on single infusion (may receive more cups based on number of infusions)