Butterfly Pea is the common name of the herb Clitoria ternatea. Its transformative power and healing benefits have made it popular in recent years— but this skin-boosting flower has a long history.
The transformational benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower made us adopt it as one of the main ingredients in our products. Plus, our change-making products help women in Cambodia at risk of human trafficking. This gives you the opportunity to do good while transforming your health.
Let’s explore the benefits of Butterfly Pea Flowers.
What is Butterfly Pea Flower?
Butterfly Pea Flower is an ancient plant found in Southeast Asia, where it has been used for centuries for its healing powers. It’s a staple of Ayurvedic medicine and it’s used to treat several different diseases. Some of them include skin diseases, migraines, diabetes, inflammation, and more. ¹
In Southeast Asia it’s widely used to make drinks, as medicine, to cook, and as a natural dye. The bright blue color of Butterfly Pea Flower gives it its nutritional power. It’s loaded with polyphenols, flavonoids, anthocyanins, and other health-boosting nutrients. ²
Blue Foods— A Rare, Nutrient-Dense Sight
Blue is the rarest color to find in nature. When shopping for produce, you see a wide variety of colors— yellow, orange, green, brown. Yet blue is not as widely available… But what makes blue foods rare and special?
The natural pigment giving blue foods its signature color is called anthocyanin. This pigment is found in many foods and it’s also responsible for purple and red-colored foods. Anthocyanin is what gives Butterfly Pea Flower its bright blue color— and it comes with many benefits.
Anthocyanin is a powerful antioxidant and has potent anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s known for giving blueberries their signature color and antioxidant superpowers. This nutrient-rich pigment is also present in Butterfly Pea in high concentrations. ³
Butterfly pea has 541 mg/100g of anthocyanin, more than blueberries (387-487mg/100g), raspberries (365 mg/100g), acai berries (320 mg/100g), and cherries (122 mg/100g). Thanks to the high concentration of anthocyanin, Butterfly Pea Flower has transformational health + skin benefits.
The Transformational Power of Butterfly Pea Flower And Its Most Healing Benefits
Butterfly Pea Flower has a wide array of health-boosting benefits— helping you embrace your beauty from the inside out. Its ingestible beauty properties help you heal your skin from within while boosting your health and wellbeing.
Benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower for Your Skin
There are plenty of youth-boosting benefits from using Butterfly Pea Flower Tea in your daily skincare routine. Both for your skin and for your mental health. These are the most noteworthy benefits:
1. Protects Your Skin From Sun Damage.
Its high antioxidant content gives your skin an extra layer of protection against sun damage and UV rays. Its antioxidant content includes flavonoids, anthocyanins, flavonols, alkaloids, saponins, and more. ⁴
2. It’s a Plant-Based Collagen Booster.
Because of its anti-glycation properties, Butterfly Pea Flower boosts collagen production— giving your skin elasticity and firmness. Glycation is a reaction that causes your skin to show signs of aging by producing advanced glycation end products (AGEs). When these end products form, they break down collagen, causing wrinkles and fine lines. ⁵’ ⁶’ ⁷
3. It Has a Soothing Effect on Your Skin.
A study showed Butterfly Pea Flower helps ease skin irritation and itching. It also helps in controlling redness, acne, and dryness. Plus, it has a whitening effect on your skin, meaning it diminishes dark spots.
4. Keeps Your Skin Hydrated & Plump.
Butterfly Pea improves moisture retention, helping your skin stay moisturized and hydrated. This is super beneficial for wintertime when the cold weather dries and dehydrates your skin. ⁸
5. Keeps Your Skin Youthful.
Another study showed that the antioxidant power of Butterfly Pea Flowers promotes the rejuvenation of your skin. Drinking Butterfly Pea Flower Tea gives your skin the nutrients it needs on the inside, to heal and glow on the outside. ⁹
Healing Benefits for Your Health & Wellbeing
Butterfly Pea Flower isn’t only used for its beauty and skin care benefits. Its healing properties are widely used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat depression, anxiety, heal wounds, and more. Because Butterfly Pea is a nootropic, studies have shown it boosts brain function. Meaning it improves memory, creativity, and focus. ¹⁰
Butterfly Pea also has a high anthocyanin content— higher than blueberries. Studies show that anthocyanins help to inhibit cancer cells and have anti-tumor effects. They also enhance your heart health, protecting you from oxidative stress and high blood pressure. ¹¹
Another noteworthy benefit of using Butterfly Pea Flower is it improves digestion. Anthocyanins also support weight loss and might protect against obesity. ¹²
Daily Herbal Tea Ritual
Butterfly Pea tea is safe to drink daily and a cup a day helps support your skin health from within. To brew one cup simply add the Butterfly Pea Flower to your favorite cup of tea and add hot water (not boiling). Steep for 4-5 minutes and enjoy the nourishing benefits of this wellness tea.
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