We’re so excited to finally have Butterfly Pea Flowers in the apothecary! It took several months for us to find a very special farm in Thailand that grows these flowers in ethical and organic ways. Now that we have them, we can’t wait for you to experience them for yourself.
Grown throughout Southeast Asia, Butterfly Pea is a member of the Fabaceae family which it shares with many of our most cherished beans, peas, and other legumes. The Latin name for this flower, Clitoria ternatea, gets its name from its shape which many think resembles female genitalia.
Throughout Malaysia and Thailand Butterfly Pea is enjoyed as an herbal tea both on its own and blended with other herbs. The addition of Lemongrass is a favorite in Thailand and Vietnam. In Malaysia, a few Butterfly Pea flowers are added to the pot when cooking rice to turn the grains a deep indigo color. You can enjoy Butterfly Pea Flowers on their own for a light, floraly tea or try some of our favorite herbs to blend them with such as Lemongrass, Lemon Peel, Hibiscus Flower, Chamomile, Spearmint, and Holy Basil.
The Health Benefits Of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Since this sweet flower comes from Southeast Asia, there’s no surprise that it’s steeped in herbal healing lore from the traditions of Ayurveda. In fact, this flower is one of the most celebrated florals from the Ayurvedic tradition and is mentioned in texts that are well over 7,000 years old!
In Ayurveda, Butterfly Pea is known as Aparajita or Shankhpushpi. It is classified as a Medhya Rasayana with specific applications for the mind. Shankhpushpi is an ancient Sanskrit word which loosely translates to ‘Conch Flower’, another nod at the shape of this flower. It is celebrated in Ayurveda as having the following medicinal effects:
- Medhya Rasayana – tonic herb that increases and clarifies intelligence and mental function
- Nootropic – aids in maintaining adaptability and plasticity in the brain
- Anxiolytic – calming to the nervous system and soothing to anxious states
- Sedative – relaxing and helpful for stress, worry, and restlessness
- Antidepressant – uplifting to the mood and emotions
We love combining Butterfly Pea with our favorite deep adaptogens like Ashwagandha and Holy Basil to help enhance their effects and support them in their transformative work.
In China, because of the shape of this flower, it is used to help with female libido.
Stop in to see this amazing flower tea for yourself… we know you’ll love it as much as we do!