10 Top Benefits Of Blue Butterfly Pea Flower (Aparajita | Sangu Poo)

blue butterfly pea flower benefits

Blue butterfly pea flower also popularly called aparajita and sangu poo in India is a must know flower for it’s wonderful health benefits and medicinal uses. Butterfly pea flower tea made from the flowers is quite famous all over the world, it has a beautiful blue color and is full of antioxidants. From reducing inflammation and ulcer to preventing fatigue, blue butterfly pea flower does have wide benefits.

What Is Blue Butterfly Pea Flower?

It is a beautiful blue coloured flower that grows in a creeper. You will find this plant in many Indian homes as it is used in poojas and prayers. It also grows wildly and needs little maintenance, the butterfly pea plant in the above picture was growing wildly in our farm.

This beautiful creeper has wonderful medicinal uses and especially it’s use in enhancing the memory and reducing stress is very popular. Scientific studies have been done extensively on this amazing plant and many of it’s traditional uses have been proven. All parts of the plant including the leaves, seeds, roots and flowers have medicinal properties.

The root extract acts as a mild sedative and calms down the central nervous system so it can be used as an anti depressant and anti stress medicine. Many confuse Clitoria ternatea with shankhpushpi even I did at first but the true shankhpushpi is Convolvulus pluricaulis.

Blue Butterfly Pea Botanical & Common Names:

The botanical name of blue butterfly pea plant is Clitoria ternatea. The plant is a climber and it belongs to the family Fabacea and genus Clitoria. Butterfly pea flower is called Sangu Pushpam or Sangu Poo in Tamil, Aparajita in Hindi and Bengali, Anchan in Thai, Blue Pea Flower in English and Bunga Telang in Malay. In Malaysia, Thailand and Burma, the flowers are used to color the rice while cooking.

butterfly pea flower side effects10 Top Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Benefits & Medicinal Uses:

1. Antioxidant Properties:

One of the major benefits of consuming butterfly pea tea is it’s antioxidant properties. Consuming antioxidant rich foods is vital for health, they fight off free radicals which are the primary reason for premature ageing of the body. You can find the link to the study here. 

2. Anti Glycation Properties:

Butterfly pea tea has been proven to have anti glycation properties. Glycation is damage caused to protein because of sugar molecules and it is one of the main causes of skin aging. Butterfly pea tea prevents this damage and helps prevent premature aging of our skin. You can find the link to the study here. 

3. Anti Inflammatory Properties:

Butterfly pea tea has been shown to have anti inflammatory properties. If you are suffering from any inflammations, try consuming a cup of warm butterfly pea tea, it will bring down both the pain and inflammation.

4. Prevents Fatigue:

Butterfly pea tea is very good for people suffering from chronic fatigue as it improves vitality. Since it is rich in vitamins and minerals, it improves immunity and treats chronic fatigue greatly. 

5. Analgesic Properties:

This tea has been proven to have analgesic properties (pain relieving properties). You can find the link to the study proving it’s analgesic and anti inflammatory properties here. 

6. Anti Diabetic Properties:

This tea is amazing for diabetic patients as it helps regulate blood sugar levels. A cup of blue butterfly tea taken in between meals will help regulate blood sugar levels and will keep your blood sugar levels steady till the next meal. 

7. For Reducing Stress & Anxiety:

Butterfly pea has been used for reducing stress and anxiety from ancient times. If you are stressed or anxious and finding it difficult to sleep, try consuming blue butterfly tea regularly for a few days. It will help you relax and get a good night’s rest. It also helps improve brain function and memory. You can find the study that supports this claim here. 

8. Anti Asthmatic Properties:

Butterfly pea tea has anti asthmatic properties. The whole plant decoction is usually given for treating all respiratory problems like cold, cough, fever and phlegm. It has amazing bronchodilating properties so if you are suffering from asthma consider taking this tea.

9. For Hair & Skin:

Any ingredient that is rich in antioxidants is amazing for hair and skin. Since this tea is also rich in many vitamins and minerals it even more effective for preventing premature ageing of the skin and hair. You can also use the tea for external application too. Mix it while making homemade face packs to get a glowing skin.

10. Anti Ulcer Properties:

This tea has a soothing effect on our stomach and helps treat stomach ulcers. The whole plant extract has been used for treating ulcers traditionally but the tea made with the flowers also has anti ulcer properties.

This is due to presence of flavonoids in the flowers. If you are suffering from stomach ulcer, I would suggest taking this tea without adding any lemon juice.

aparajita health benefitsHow To Grow Blue Pea Flower At Home?

If you plan on having butterfly pea tea regularly, I would suggest growing your own butterfly pea plant at home. You can easily buy young butterfly pea plants in most nurseries cheaply in India and plant them in your garden.

It can survive in almost all types of soil but needs good drainage. You can also grow them from the seeds too. To plant butterfly pea seeds, soak butterfly pea seeds overnight in water and plant them in small pots next day and water regularly. The seeds will germinate in 2 to 3 weeks time.

Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Side Effects:

Butterfly pea flower has blood sugar lowering properties so diabetic patients should be cautious when using this herb as it might lower the blood sugar levels drastically when combined together with diabetic medication. Toxicity: This herb has been proven as a safe herb and there was no any major side effects or mortality even at doses of up to 3000 mg per kg of body weight when tested on rats for a period of 4 days.

sangu poo health benefits3 Top Ways To Use Blue Butterfly Pea Flowers

1.  Butterfly Pea Antioxidant Tea For Healthy Hair & Skin:

Boil water and pour over either fresh or dried flowers and sweeten with honey if you prefer. This butterfly pea tea contains significant amount of antioxidants and is great for healthy hair and skin. You can consume a cup of this tea even every day for long durations of time.

2.  Butterfly Pea Flower Benefits For Memory & Stress:

Boil a cup of water with 2 inch piece root of blue butter fly pea plant till it reduces in half and strain. This decoction is great for reducing stress and also acts as a mild sedative. The root extract also acts as a laxative.

3. Butterfly Pea Flower Benefits For Wound Healing:

The wound healing effects of the leaf extract also has been proven through scientific research. The leaf can be ground into fine paste and applied over any kinds of inflammation or infection. You can also boil the leaves in water and use it as wound wash too. The leaves have also anti fungal and anti bacterial properties and when applied externally can greatly reduce the infection.

blue butterfly pea flower uses

20 Comments

  1. Vishak
    April 16, 2016 / 5:44 am

    Nice article. Where do I get this flower in Chennai? Thank you

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 30, 2016 / 7:56 am

      You can get the clitoria ternatea | aparajita plant easily in most of the nurseries, even if they don't stock it they will easily get it for you on order…

    • Anonymous
      July 5, 2016 / 1:18 pm

      Hey I do have this plant growing in my terrace , if u wish can pluck one n give u. grathore88 @gmail.comI stay in pursaiwalkam

  2. Miss Divine
    August 2, 2016 / 9:19 am

    I have this in the a light purple variety. Do the medicinal properties change with colour?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 2:45 pm

      All varieties of clitoria ternatea (the varieties differ in color and shape) have the same medicinal uses…

    • Unknown
      November 13, 2016 / 11:15 am

      I live in Bengal. This creeper is found here in abundance. But are you sure about those medicinal usages.I mean to say can we use it for the said effects without side effects?Regards.

    • Unknown
      November 13, 2016 / 11:15 am

      I live in Bengal. This creeper is found here in abundance. But are you sure about those medicinal usages.I mean to say can we use it for the said effects without side effects?Regards.

  3. Pradeep kumar
    August 21, 2016 / 11:18 am

    What is astrological use of this plant??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 2:46 pm

      I am sorry, I don't know the astrological use of this plant…

  4. anubhav
    September 15, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    Where to find this in uttar Pradesh?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 23, 2016 / 3:52 pm

      Usually you will find clitoria ternatea growing wild all over India, look for the plant during the flowering season. You can also ask for the plant in local nurseries…

    • Anonymous
      September 28, 2016 / 4:40 pm

      I have planted this on pot and having the pod formation. ;can its pods are useful or its seed beneficial by any way

  5. Praga Deesh
    November 13, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    love this flower

  6. Abhishangi Singh
    January 15, 2017 / 7:17 am

    It flowers in rainy season the most ucan find one growing wild

  7. kalpna Sharma
    January 22, 2017 / 9:39 am

    Hi Ramya!Thanks for a wonderful blog! It can't get any better and I am hooked on to it. I have this plant and until now considered it as Shankhpushpi which is used as key memory enhancer in ayurvedic medicines. I will try the tea with flowers as recommended, however, have many seed pods (dry and green ones still hanging). Is there any use of the seeds? Much appreciate your reply and thanks once again for sharing all these recipes.

    • Subha Bharadwaj
      February 2, 2017 / 3:33 am

      Please share the dried pods with others who want the plant.Stem, root, leaves flower all have med. Uses but I haven't heard about seeds . Seeds are anyway potent form of the flower.so must be good too.

  8. Michelle
    May 16, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    I have this plant in my garden. We use the flower to color food. Also, since we can use them all, the flowers are dried and kept. The flower I have is multi layer but the color is the same.

  9. alpho alka
    January 26, 2018 / 7:05 am

    Can I give this to three year old baby and the dosage

  10. Rimi Singh
    April 28, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    very nice article. Thank you for posting it. Even i was confused between Clitoria and Sankhpushpi but now the concept is very clear.

  11. Prameela Balan
    February 5, 2020 / 2:08 pm

    The entire plant is useful. The blue n purple flowers are very Auspicious for Vishnu n Laxmi worship n the white flowers for Lord Ganesh worship.
    I do have both varieties.Its very easy to grow it. In case anyone wants the seeds I am willing to send it by post to them at a small payment towards postal charges.

    You can get in touch with me at prameelabalan41@gmail.com

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