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Herbal Benefits of Magical Tea (Blue Tea)

The existence of blue tea is currently gaining popularity in Europe as a health drink, one of them in England. In the land of Queen Elizabeth, blue tea is better known as magical tea. Yumchaa Cafe in London, claiming this blue tea as the best selling tea in the last decade. Within a few weeks, this menu is sold out. Butterfly pea tea known for it’s gorgeous colors, it also has health-benefits that strengthen your hair, nails, and immune system.

Blue tea is a caffeine-free herbal tea, or tisane, beverage made from a decoction or infusion of the leaves of the blue pea flowers (sometimes called Butterfly-pea flower). These blue tea flowers are native to South East Asia. Butterfly pea tea originates from South-East Asia where countries have been drinking a mixture of the butterfly-pea flower and dried lemongrass for centuries. In Indonesia it known as Kembang Telang which has the Latin name Clitoria ternatea (wikipedia.org) and shaped like a clitoris. Is a type of vines with flowers with purplish blue. In Southeast Asia, this plant has long been known as a plant that has healing properties and helps maintain health. It was refreshing when processed into a drink, making the “blue pea” flowers also known as blue tea. In Indonesia and malaysia blue tea is better known by the name of Kembang Telang tea. While in Thailand, this drink has the name “nam dok anchan“. The ternatea is also known as butterfly-pea, blue chai, blubellvine, blue-pea, Aprajita, Cordofan pea or Asian pigeonwings.

blue chai, Asian pigeonwings, blubellvine, butterfly pea, kembang telang
Blue Pea Flower (Clitoria ternatea)
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According to Kausshal Dugarr, founder and CEO of Teabox.com, there are many health benefits to be gained from blue pea flower tea. The steep of the Blue Pea Flowers is believed to cleanse the blood and increase the fertility of women. The immersion water from “blue pea” flowers is also used as a drop to keep the eye clarity. Not only that, if the petals are pounded with palm sugar can be used to treat ulcers.

Blue Tea Benefits

Blue Tea for Natural Weight Loss. Blue Tea proven to prevent and help fight obesity and abnormalities associated with body metabolism. This benefit was published in the “International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders”, by university in Colorado. Additionally, researchers at the Medical Center at the University of Maryland have also concluded that blue tea is an excellent means for weight loss, due to its high antioxidant content-higher than that of green tea.

Revent Type I diabetes. According to a study, clitoria ternatea leaves can reduce diabetes by blocking the intake of glucose in foods and beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes. It’s polyphenols can help prevent Type I diabetes, positively influencing glucose metabolism.

Increases hepatic metabolism, thereby reducing cholesterol.

Relieves anxiety and depression According to research, blue tea can relieve stress and reduce symptoms of anxiety disorders.

Blue tea as anti aging agent. has good anti-glycemic properties to prevent skin aging. The blue flower has been studied to show that it helps combat wrinkles and protects your skin from premature aging. Blue tea also has flavonoids that promote collagen growth and accelerate skin elasticity and prevent glycation that can cause premature aging.

Takes care of the cardiovascular system, cleaning arteries and improving circulation. Contains anthocyanins that increase blood flow in the scalp thus strengthening hair follicles.

Lowering the risk of cancer. When steeped the butterfly pea flower releases antioxidants much like green tea. Antioxidants help your body lower risk of infections, and is great for your heart health. Antioxidants in the fireworks are also able to minimize major damage to body cells. The lower the cell damage, eating the risk of all types of cancer also decreased.

Anti-inflammatory, overcoming fatigue, increasing vitality, and relieving pain. Butterfly pea tea is proven to help alleviate pain through its analgesic properties. This flower tea can treat sore throat and deep heat. Moreover, there are additional lemongrass and lemon that can reduce flu symptoms and also can warm the body. Fights internal inflammation. The tea helps reduce inflammation in the body as well as symptoms such as breakouts or rashes.

Revitalize the brain. The blue pea flowers has nootropok properties or is capable of enhancing human cognitive abilities. The flower has also been known to revitalize the brain. With an onset of nutrients and energizing properties, the flower helps brain health while keeping you feeling energized.

Blue tea herbal treatment
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How to make blue tea

One of the most distinctive characteristics of butterfly pea flower tea, and indeed other drinks that use the butterfly pea flower extract, is that it will change color when the pH balance changes. A deep blue tea will turn purple with the addition of lemon juice, turning a deeper shade of purple the more lemon juice is added. Mixed with fuchsia roselle hibiscus leaves the tea will turn a bright red color.[1]

As a drink, there is a mixture by brewing the flowers and add it with hot water, some are drying it first. Simply take one teaspoon of blue tea leaves per cup of water, brewed with hot water, let stand for 10 minutes. To make good blue tea, your water should be very hot, between 90 and 100 degrees Celcius. Once you have thrown the leaves in the boiling water, let steep for just three minutes. It is important that you only do this for three minutes because this variety of tea oxidizes quickly. The best teapots to use are clay, just like those used in the East. Do not use a metal teapot because this material removes a lot of the tea and infusion’s properties.

About flavor, blue tea (nam dok anchan) is not much different from the taste of Japanese green tea.

What does Blue Butterfly pea flower taste like?

Naturally, the butterfly pea flowers does not have a sense of alias bargain. Therefore the presentation of this tea usually use additional ingredients such as lemons and lemongrass to make the taste more enjoyable. Flower tea is also more delicious when served in a cold state. The flavors are light, tend to be sweet, and smell strongly. Usually people add honey or sugar and lemon to enrich the taste. The tea can change color from blue to pink when using additional lemon juice.

Blue tea / magical tea is also often served in a way mixed with several other types of flowers such as vida and cosmos flowers. Besides being used as a concoction of drinks, the butterfly pea flower is also used as a natural dye for food. People in Kelantan often use it as a dye of rice or glutinous rice (sticky rice). In Thailand there is a creative create latte and macchiato with a mixture of Blue pea flower.

How to drink blue tea?

First you have to remember that tea contains tannins, which prevents proper iron absorption if drank immediately after meals. So, ideally, you should consume it an hour before your main meals or one hour after.
You can drink it twice a day. The important thing is that you are consistent, drinking it every day. Do not add sugar to it. If you want to sweeten it, use a teaspoon of honey or a bit of stevia.

Where to buy blue tea

If you are currently visiting Indonesia, you can get a blend of Blue tea in some places below:

  • Omah Jowo Bumi Hayati, Jalan Purnawirawan 1 Gang Inpres 2 Kemiling Bandar Lampung. Here, the concoction of Telang flower tea is sold Rp35 thousand per pack.
  • Warung Kata Pusat in Klaten, Central Java selling drinks with blue tea.
  • Resto Food Cabin in Kemang, South Jakarta mixture Kembang telang (Blue pea flower) in different way.
  • Chattaya Thai Drinks contained in Mal Kelapa Gading 3 and Plaza Semanggi.

Sources:
[1] Butterfly pea flower tea – en.wikipedia.org
[2] 5 Reasons Drinking Butterfly Pea Tea Is Good For You – siizu.com
[3] Blue Tea for Natural Weight Loss – steptohealth.com

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