A superb and gorgeous herbal tea blend with Blue Butterfly Pea Flower (Clitoria ternatia).
This lovely vine is in the legume family and is native to Thailand where it is called Dok Anchan. There, the dried purple and blue flowers are used in a traditional herbal tea with lemon and honey, and in foods including rice and several deserts. The Butterfly peas are neutral in taste and their aroma is slight as well. In our Midnight Blue Flower Tea we combine the pea flowers with rose petals, lavender flowers and lemongrass for a delicious cup of herbal goodness.
In addition to the gorgeous colors, the Butterfly Pea Flower deserves looking into regarding its properties. We are prohibited from citing properties of herbs used in our products, as the FDA has not evaluated/approved them. Therefore, we encourage you to research the herbs yourself. The Butterfly Pea Flower is also used in cosmetics (like our Essential Body Lotion!) It is easy to grow and is resistant to most pests so pesticides.
Try it hot or iced…you won’t soon forget the experience…and neither will your children and guests! Make a strong tea and use the blue water in homemade icings or make colored ice cubes, popsicles, or… just use your imagination!
“Why does it turn colors”, you ask?
Once additional ingredients are added that contain a higher acidity (i.e. limes or lemons), the color will change from blue to purple and pink, depending on surrounding light and the acidity (pH) of the substance it is mixed with. The more acid the ingredient, the more purple the color. In water, clear spirits or milk, all neutral substances, the color is blue at pH 8 to pH 4. It will change to bright purple at pH 3 and to bright pink at pH 2.
Bring water to a boil in stainless steel, glass, or ceramic vessel (not aluminum). Turn off heat. Place one teaspoon loose tea per cup of water into hot water vessel, or into enclosed reusable tea bag, pulling strings tight. Steep for 10 minutes. Strain loose tea, or squeeze & remove tea bag & pour. Add honey or cream if desired.
Note: As with all herbs or health therapies, we suggest you talk with your health care practitioner before consuming product, particularly if you are taking prescription medications or supplements, are pregnant, nursing, or have an illness of any kind. Not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any illness or condition. Not for use during pregnancy. For informational purposes only. Not evaluated by FDA.