Herbal teas or tisanes are all the raves nowadays, as more and more people have come to learn about the potential negative effects of our regular caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee. Herbal teas like chamomile tea, peppermint tea, hibiscus tea, etc. have gained quite the name in the health world not just because of their unique flavour and aroma, but also because of the wide arrays of health benefits they possess -from busting stress to boosting immunity to enhancing digestion, and many more! But one particular tea that remains fairly new among most tea lovers is none other than the Blue pea flower tea. With its stunning bluish hue and earthy flavour, this tea is unlike any other herbal teas out there. On top of that, it is also endowed with a number of health benefits!
If you are someone fairly new to the world of herbal teas, especially with Blue pea flower tea, read on to find out all there is to know about this mesmerising tea and the many benefits it offers.
What is Blue Pea Flower Tea?
Also known as Butterfly pea tea, Blue pea flower tea is a herbal concoction, made from the flowers of the Clitoria ternatea plant, which is commonly found throughout South East Asian countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka. As the name suggests, blue pea flower tea bears a prominent bluish hue that changes in colour, like that of a mood ring, with a change in pH level. And although this particular plant is fairly new in the world of herbal teas, blue pea flower has long been used, not just as an ingredient in herbal tea drinks, but in numerous different ways across its native regions for centuries.
Clitoria ternatea’s flower, due to its vibrant bluish colour, has long been used in dyeing, cooking and making cosmetics. In Malaysia, it is commonly used as a colouring agent in most of their dish, including blue-coloured rice and traditional dessert. In regions like Vietnam and Thailand, a blue pea flower concoction is a popular post-dinner drink, usually served with lemon and honey added to it. Furthermore, a decoction or formulation made using this deep blue flower has also been used in traditional medicines, including Ayurveda and ancient Chinese medicine, for relieving stress, improving hair and skin health, managing diabetes, reducing joint pain, improving digestion and many more
The Hype with Blue Pea Tea
Many are of the impression that Blue pea flower tea is a whole new invention but in actuality, it has been in the market for ages. In fact, it has its history far longer than other popular teas like Oolong or Black dragon tea. It is only recently, with popularisation through travel blogs and shows, that Blue pea tea has gained the acknowledgement and popularity it has today -owing much of its popularity to the incredible benefits it offers for human health, such as promoting weight loss, detoxifying the body, pacifying the mind, enriching skin texture and improving hair growth.
Additionally, the distinct stunning blue colour the flower imparts when steeped in warm or hot water is also what fascinates people, thereby adding to its popularity. And the fact that the liquid changes its colour like a mood ring, from royal blue to a vivid purple or pink colour with the change in pH level, makes it an excellent base in juices, teas and cocktails. For instance, adding lemon juice to the Blue pea tea or drink will turn it purple while mixing in a few hibiscus leaves will give you a gorgeous red tea!
Health Benefits of Blue Pea Tea
Besides its mesmerizing colour changing ability, the one thing that truly makes Blue pea tea a thing to behold is its incredible health benefits. Moreover, it is absolutely free of caffeine and loaded with antioxidants and essential nutrients that help promote a sound mind, body and soul. Here are some of the benefits of Blue pea tea:
1. Promotes Weight Loss
Blue pea flower tea is rich in polyphenolic compounds, catechins that have potent antioxidant properties. This is known to help boost metabolism and help speed up the fat-burning process. The diuretic properties of the tea also help in losing water weight.
2. Helps Cleanse the Body
The rich antioxidant presence helps protect the body against free radical action, thereby making it an excellent drink to help detoxify the body.
3. Improves Hair Health
Blue pea tea is also known to contain anthocyanin compound which helps support healthy scalp and hair health by increasing blood circulation in the head. It also helps strengthen the hair follicles from within and prevents fair thinning or hair fall.
4. Enhances Mood and Reduces Stress
The earthy flavour and flowery aroma of the tea help enhance mood and reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety. It also helps refresh the brain and helps keep you uplifted throughout the day.
5. Promotes Healthy, Glowing Skin
Blue pea tea is known to possess anti-glycation effects which is beneficial in tackling the skin ageing process. Moreover, the rich flavonoids present in Blue pea tea also helps stimulate the production of collagen, which helps develop and maintain skin elasticity.
6. Boosts Digestion
The antioxidants present in Blue pea tea are known to help relax the stomach muscles which in turn help regulate healthy digestion. Furthermore, it is known to possess an anthelminthic property which is beneficial in preventing the growth of worms in the stomach.
7. Helps Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
Blue pea flower tea is known to help control sugar absorption into the bloodstream which helps in preventing blood sugar swings. It is considered to be a healthy solution to help manage diabetes.
How to Make Blue Pea Flower Tea
Just as with any herbal tea, Blue pea tea is simple and easy to prepare. Simply boil the blue pea flower petals or steep them in warm or hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. You can add lemongrass or orange peel to add an additional boost of flavour and aroma to the drink. You can also enjoy this delightful drink with a spoonful of honey and consume it either cold or hot before meals, based on your preference!
You can now enjoy the magical goodness of blue pea flower along with its wonderful benefits with our newly launched Preserva Blue Pea Tea, blended using only the finest Blue pea flowers with Lavender flower, Mint and Chamomile. The unique combination of the these ingredients is sure to uplift your senses and provide you with positive health and wellness in your life.
The Bottom Line
Blue pea flower tea is the one tea that will leave you enthralled by its fascinating vibrant colour as well as its ability to change its colour. Moreover, it is also a great and healthy alternative for caffeinated beverages like tea and coffee as it is caffeine-free and is packed with health benefitting properties. Lastly, despite being known to be extremely safe and healthy for consumption, it is important to know that overconsumption of blue pea tea may cause nausea and diarrhoea. And make sure to consult a doctor before consuming blue tea or any other herbal products if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.