All about Butterfly Blue Pea

It would be difficult to discover a more beautiful and powerful plant than Butterfly Blue Pea. This robust and vibrant plant possesses a deep and vivid shade of blue that is so rarely seen in nature. Native to Southeast Asia, Butterfly Blue Pea is a climbing plant with bright green leaves and brilliant blue blooms that resemble a conch shell, or butterfly wings. Its scientific name, clitoria ternatea, comes from the flower's resemblance to the clitoris. This plant shares a deep connection with the female libido and sensuality, and is celebrated for its sacred powers and ability to boost the mind, body and spirit. 

This sacred healing and nourishing plant has a long and rich history in traditional medicine all over South East Asia, and has been celebrated for its mystical powers and scores of health benefits. Butterfly Blue Pea works to support the nervous system while also soothing the circulatory, respiratory and psychological systems of the body. 

Butterfly Blue Pea

Origins and History

For centuries, there has been a great deal of mysticism surrounding Butterfly Blue Pea. Traditionally it was considered a sacred healing plant that represented an ideal connection to the divine. The plant itself was revered to be almost god-like. In the Hindu religion, it was frequently grown in temples and used in ceremonies that worshipped the Goddess Durga and the Lord Shiva. 

In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, Butterfly Blue Pea was used to promote a higher intelligence and an expanded world view.  Many believed it to possess almost mystical powers, using it as a potent brain tonic and memory enhancer. 

In traditional Chinese medicine, this dynamic plant has been used to boost the female libido, as it promotes blood flow and is considered an aphrodisiac. 

Known as Aparajita in India, Butterfly Blue Pea is believed to have originated in Asia and South America, being brought to India in the 17th century where it quickly became popular in traditional herbal medicine and healing practices. 

Uses 

This dynamic healing plant has a lengthy list of uses, from medicinal to culinary, from brain-enhancing to natural dye for foods and textiles. Most commonly, Butterfly Blue Pea is consumed through tinctures, teas or infusions. The flowers are dried and then either infused, steeped into a tea or ground into a powder. When it is brewed like tea, the wild blooms produce intense color and a subtle flavor, often compared to a mild green tea flavor. 

Butterfly Blue Pea is celebrated as a natural remedy for depression and anxiety, and is also known to boost one’s memory and overall brain capacity. It can be an effective natural treatment for stress or nervousness due to it’s tranquilizing and calming qualities. 

It also has many physical uses, and can be used to treat such ailments as asthma, hypertension, stress-related disorders, urinary tract issues, insomnia and constipation. 

Butterfly Blue Pea flower is also often added to culinary creations to add vibrant colour and boost nutrition. It can be added to everything from rice, to smoothies to artisanal cocktails.

One of the elements of this plant that makes it so popular is its ability to change color once acid is added to it. When lemon juice is added to a beverage containing Blue Butterfly Pea flower, the liquid will change from a bright blue to a deep purple. This color change “magic’ has made this plant a favourite among bartenders and mixologists. 

It works as a powerful dye for food and textiles, and many in the herbalism community are hoping this dynamic plant will inspire a move to exclusively using plants for dye instead of chemicals. 

Benefits

Butterfly Blue Pea has so many incredible health benefits, so it is no wonder this plant is celebrated as the real eternal fountain of youth. It is deeply rich in antioxidants, which support the health of the heart and liver. Antioxidants also work to stimulate the synthesis of elastin and collagen while also slowing the metabolic process that leads to signs of aging in the skin. Butterfly Blue Pea has also been shown to benefit the skin when used topically, reducing redness and irritation. 

This powerful healing plant works as an anti-inflammatory, supporting your body in the fight against pain and inflammation. It has also shown to be beneficial to those managing diabetes or other blood sugar imbalances as it helps to regulate the blood sugar and keep the body in balance. 

Butterfly Blue Pea is very effective as an effective brain tonic, and can help with cognitive function, benefitting learning and boosting memory. It is known to be soothing and grounding while also effective at keeping fatigue at bay. 

How to Try It

This intensely beautiful and sacred plant flourishes with ease in the wild, and is celebrated all over the world for its beauty as well as its many uses and benefits.  

In Thailand and Southeast Asia many people grow Butterfly Blue Pea in their homes, as it is believed to bring light and invincibility to the home and its inhabitants. 

While once widely unknown, Butterfly Blue Pea has grown in popularity over the past several years. There are many options available to try Butterfly Blue Pea and reap its many benefits, from teas to dried flower powder. 

We were so excited to incorporate this magical healing herb into our newest tincture, Triple Goddess. Complimented by schisandra and hibiscus, Butterfly Blue Pea shines as it works to encourage creativity, movement and connection. 

With its deep roots in traditional holistic medicine and limitless uses and benefits, it’s no wonder that Butterfly Blue Pea is a treasured medicinal plant and beauty herb in Southeast Asia, and that its popularity continues to grow across the globe.

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