Butterfly Pea Flower


Botanical Name Clitoria ternatea

Common Name:

  • English: Asian pigeonwings,bluebellvine, blue pea, butterfly pea, cordofan pea or Darwin pea, Blue Tea.
  • Also known as: Koyala, Koyala Tea, Mussel Shell Climber, Gokarna-mula, Aparajita, Garani, Sanku, Aral, Asphota, Kakkanam, Dantina

Origin: India 

Harvested:  Wild

Parts Used: Flower                                                             

General Information:

The petals of the Blue Pea Flower have been used since time immemorial to add colour to celebratory drinks in various locales around the world. According to India's traditional medicine, Blue Pea Flower has been in use for centuries as an antidepressant, anticonvulsant, sedative and memory enhancer. Enjoyed for centuries in Southeast Asia as a vibrant herbal tea (and as plant-based food and natural dye), Butterfly Pea Flower (Clitoria ternatea) has recently made a global impact- and we just simply can’t get enough of it! Butterfly Pea Flower Tea has a bright blue color that is released when the flowers are steeped. However, when an acidic ingredient such as fresh citrus, or lemon juice is added to infused Butterfly Pea Flower Tea it transforms into a lovely shade of royal purple. Butterfly Pea Flower Tea is a source of antioxidants, and there are studies that show it is helpful to keep your skin youthful 


How to use:

Hot Infusion:

The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!


  • You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
  • You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.


You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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