Sunday, February 16, 2014
The Benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Butterflies are one of the most aesthetically gorgeous insects on the planet. When you catch one spreading its wings, a kaleidoscope of colors flashes before your eyes, one even more dynamically brilliant than the next. Can you pick a favorite? I sure can't. But this is where the butterfly pea flower gets its name. In full bloom, the shape of the flower resembles the butterfly stretching out its wings.
The butterfly pea flower makes for quite an interesting cup of tea. As you drop a few flowers into your mug and add some boiling water, the steep releases a vivid deep blue hue that is beautiful to watch. The infusion creates an aroma similar to green tea but more woody and earthy to the palate. Add some fresh squeezed lime or lemon juice and the blue shade turns violet. It's impossible not to stare down at your cup as the colors are too pretty to ignore.
* Strengthens the hair for healthy hair growth
* Prevents skin bruising
* Keeps skin glowing & healthy
* Treats urinary problems
* Improves eyesight & night vision
* Treats eye infections
* Stimulates blood circulation
* Detoxifies the whole body
* Provides antioxidants
* Slows aging process
* Enhances immune system
For a light flavor, take only 2-3 organic dried butterfly pea flowers to one cup of tea, add boiling water, steep for 10 minutes and enjoy. However, for a stronger taste (as I often take it) add 6 dried flowers to one cup of tea, steep for 15-20 minutes and then sit back, feet up, gazing at your tea in peace as you sip to good health. You can always add raw honey, fresh squeezed lemon juice or even stevia to the brew for a sweeter taste.
Hot herbal tea is great first thing in the morning, it detoxes the digestive system and gets things moving. As the afternoon and evening rolls in, you can chill some butterfly pea flower tea in ice cube trays and when ready, plop a few in a tall glass of water for a refreshing and revitalizing boost.
Either way you choose to enjoy it, this tea should never be overlooked, it's far to beautiful and healthy not to sip and sip and........sip!