Usage of the butterfly flower
The Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea) is used in various fields for its beautiful blue flowers and potential health benefits.
Here are some uses of the Butterfly Pea:
Food and Beverage: The flowers of the butterfly pea are used to add a natural blue or purple tint to food and beverages. They can be used in teas, sodas, cocktails, desserts, ice cream and baked goods.
Traditional Medicine: In some traditional medicine systems, the butterfly pea is used for its potential health benefits. Its extract is used to promote digestion, lower blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation, and fight stress.
Beauty and Wellness Products: Due to its high antioxidant content, butterfly pea extracts are used in various skin care products, such as face masks, serums and creams. They are said to help protect the skin from harmful free radicals and improve the appearance of blemishes.
Decorative Purposes: The Butterfly Pea is also grown as an ornamental plant for its attractive flowers and is used in gardens, parks and landscaping.
Intake of the butterfly flower:
Put 1-2 teaspoons in a cup and add hot water, steep for 5-10 minutes, or cool with ice as a lemonade.
Blue ice cubes: put small pieces of the flower in ice cubes, freeze, so white ice cubes become blue decorative healthy ice cubes.
Extra tip: The Butterfly Pea blossoms give the tea a beautiful blue or violet colour. When you add lemon juice, the color of the tea can turn a bright pink or purple, which is due to the acidic pH of the lemon.