Butterfly Pea Flower (Benefits, Side Effects & Blue Tea)

Diana J. Smith

Butterfly tea flower is known for it’s bright blue color that’s present in many of the concoctions that use it.

While it primarily can help brain function, many people tout this compound as a weight loss miracle.

But what exactly is this flower, how do people use the herb and what is it good for?

butterfly pea flower (and tea)

Let’s dive in.

What is Butterfly Pea Flower?

Butterfly pea flower is an herb native to Asia. If you’ve traveled there, you’ve probably noticed it at one point or another because of it’s bright, almost luminescent blue color.

This color is caused by the large number of antioxidants in the herb – which has made the plant popular in teas and compounds for a wide variety of reasons.

It also looks really cool.

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Recipe

If you wish to make a tea from this plant, you can do it like you would any tea.

Take 1tsp of flowers and add it to your desired amount of water. You can then let it steep as long as you like (usually 10-20 minutes). As you do this, you should see the water turn the trademark brilliant blue.

Once you’ve steeped the tea for the requisite time, you can add any other flavors to the tea to make it really hit the spot (we recommend honey).

→ Alternately, you can also use a butterfly pea flower powder.

Butterfly Pea Flower Benefits

There’s a variety of benefits to butterfly pea tea. While there needs to be more studies on everything that this flower can do – a few of the notable ones include:

May help promote weight loss

While it needs to be studied more – there is some evidence that butterfly pea flower can help promote weight loss.

Helps insulin resistance

Like other herbal compounds – this can help improve insulin resistance and improve glucose control. This can help you stabilize blood sugar (which may help with the above weight loss) and prevent energy crashes that come from blood sugar level changes.

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Side Effects

There are no major side effects of butterfly pea flower tea and most resources consider It a relatively safe substance.

Some reported side effects include upset stomach or nausau – but not in a markedly larger number of people than other herbal teas.

Blue Tea

Butterfly pea flower tea is also known as “blue tea” since it has a blue radiant color and is easily distinguishable upon that primary characteristic.

Clitoria Ternata (alternate name)

While this sounds strange, this is the scientific name of the butterfly pea flower and if you’re looking for primary research documents on the compound – you’ll often find the studies under this name (clitoria ternata) rather than the colloquial butterfly pea flower name.

Frequently Asked Questions on Butterfly Pea Flower

What does butterfly pea flower tea taste like?

Some people say the tea tastes similar to chamomile. It’s an herbal teal, so it’s somewhat floral and herbal flavoring and can be slightly sweet (or very sweet if you add honey).

How much butterfly pea flower should I take to sleep?

Butterfly pea flower tea is not specifically a sleep drink (this might be a better option for that), but because it doesn’t contain caffeine – it can be nice to have as a wind-down drink before bed-time to help you relax and make sure you’re getting all the good antioxidants the tea does contain.

Where can I buy butterfly pea flower tea?

You can find a variety of butterfly pea flower and teas on Amazon. Sourcing these ethically has been a difficult thing to do, so be careful on where you buy from.

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Resources

Other butterfly pea flower, blue tea or clitoria ternate resources

Butterfly Pea Flower on Examine

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