Blue Butterfly Pea

 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

Rich Royal Blue Butterfly Pea

Also known as: Asian Pigeon Wings, Blue Bell Vine, Blue Pea and Darwin pea








Clitoria Ternatea – Flowering Vine originally from Asia

For Xmas I was given this fabulous tea that included Blue/Indigo dried flowers shown in the above picture.  I discovered my tea turned a royal blue until a drop of lemon was added.  With lemon the tea turned a beautiful purple!  What fun.  Now I have been given a gift of seeds for this flower.

Medicinal Benefits

Researching this plant I have discovered it is a mood enhancer and  in ayurvedic medicine it has been used for; enhancing memory, increasing cognitive functions, anti-depressant, anxiety, stress, and sedative.  It is also an antioxidant.  Active components are being researched for its antimicrobial and anticancer agents.

  • Eye Sight, Skin & Hair

When drinking infused tea or water from this flower one receives the benefits of  anthocyanin which sharpens one’s eyesight and increases night vision.  Quercetin is a Bioflavinoid that reduces free radicals and supports healthy skin and hair.  It helps reduce the signs of aging by increasing the collagen and elasticity of ones skin cells!

When used as a shampoo it darkens hair!

Read more on the Butterfly Pea  – Tissue Culture and Antimicrobial Activity of Clitoria ternatea L.: Callogenesis, Organogenesis and Total yield from Butterfly pea  – By Syeda Qamar Nayab Batool


  • anthocyanin – a blue, violet, or red flavonoid pigment found in plants
  • antioxidant – occurs naturally in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea, wine, and chocolate and they protect your cells from the effects of free radicals and can help reduce an overabundance of inflammation and neutralize free radicals, prevent cellular damage, support the liver and enhance immunity
  • ayurvedic – one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems developed more than 3,000 years ago
  • bioflavinoid – are super-antioxidants found in many natural foods
  • quercetin – antioxidant found in fruits, vegetables, tea, wine and supplements

Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.