5 Top Health Benefits Of Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Tea (Clitoria Ternatea Tea)

butterfly tea made from the flowers of Clitoria Ternatea is an amazing
drink that has wonderful health benefits and medicinal uses. This blue
butterfly pea tea is also called Anchan Tea, Color Changing Tea,
Clitoria Tea, Thai Blue Tea, Blue Tea, Blue Chai (India) and Aparajita
Tea in different parts of the world. It is actually a native drink of
South East Asian countries like Thailand and Vietnam but now it is
gaining in popularity all over the world due to it’s amazing medicinal
uses. Clitoria Ternatea plant is a climber that belongs to the family
Fabacea and genus Clitoria. This plant has been used in Ayurveda for
many years for treating many neurological problems like depression,
anxiety and for improving memory. All parts of the plant including the
leaves, seeds, roots and flowers have medicinal properties. When
I wrote about butterfly pea plant a few weeks back, I had mentioned
about the butterfly pea tea in the post. One of my friends asked me to
write in detail about butterfly pea tea so I thought I will give step by
step instructions for making this wonderful tea along with the health
benefits. Butterfly pea flower is
called Sangu Pushpam in Tamil, Aparajita in Hindi and Bengali, Anchan in
Thai, and Blue Pea Flower in English. The tea made with it not only
beautiful (it has got a vivid blue color) but it is full of antioxidants
too. Though you can make the tea with fresh flowers each time, I would
suggest drying the flowers during summer time so you can use it year
around. To dry, collect the flowers and spread it on a plate, cover with
a thin mesh and sun dry till crisp and store. Now you can make
antioxidant tea all year round. Blue Butterfly Pea Tea Nutrients: Blue
butterfly pea flowers are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc,
iron, manganese and sodium so this tea is very rich in vitamins and
minerals too. These are the health benefits of
drinking butterfly pea tea: 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. Where To Buy Blue Butterfly Pea? If
you don’t have fresh blue butterfly pea flowers, you can easily order it online through
shops like amazon, they sell organic dried butterfly pea flowers. Side Effects:
This tea has fewer side effects, in fact I couldn’t find any
side effects at all and it also has been clinically proven to have very
very low toxicity even when taken in large quantities. In our farm
butterfly pea flowers grown in abundance so I collect it everyday till I
have enough flowers, dry them and store for future use. This tea is
very easy to make and can be served as a refreshing drink and I have to
add it looks stunningly beautiful if served in transparent glasses.
Another beautiful thing about this tea is when we add lemon juice to the
tea, the color changes! This is the reason the tea is also called color
changing tea. Though it sounds childish, I love to watch the
color of the tea change from purple to beautiful pink color after adding
lemon juice to it, a must try tea……

1. Collect fresh flowers, wash and spread them on a plate and sun dry till crisp covered with a net.

2. To make the tea, boil water and pour the boiling water over the dried flowers, steep till the color of the water changes to blue color.

3. Strain and add honey to taste.

3. Your beautiful blue tea is ready, pour into a serving glass.

4. Now for the magic part, add few drops of lemon and see the color change to beautiful purplish pink. If you add more of the juice it will turn fully pink.


  • You can use either the fresh or dried flowers. 

  • This tea is full of antioxidants and has been proven through clinical research.

  • Add lemon juice according to your taste, the color change will depend on the amount of lemon juice…



  1. Lavanya Rajesh
    December 12, 2015 / 7:01 am

    Just tried it me n my sis loved it … we added a pinch of salt to it

  2. Venus Ario
    January 12, 2016 / 1:54 am

    Is this safe for pregnancy/trying to be pregnant?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 3, 2016 / 3:19 pm

      This butterfly pea tea actually helps in fertility and has very low toxicity…

    • shirley tan
      May 7, 2017 / 9:19 pm

      Hi, i have helped 3 couples to conceived, 1st couple'child us now 7 years old juz started school this year, 2nd couple's now 6months old, 3rd couple is giving birth soon, juz give me sone details n i will be abke to help. Looking forward to hear from you soon

    • Anonymous
      July 12, 2017 / 6:35 am

      Shirley Tan.. what sort of details do you need.. ?

    • paige frye
      October 23, 2017 / 5:23 am

      I just ordered a bag from Amazon. I steeps then added honey & it’s delicious. I love the benefits &a look forward to taking them.��

  3. rayndai
    January 24, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    I think this would be good for RA. I will be further looking into this appealing qwenching blue elixer.

    • clickit
      October 21, 2016 / 5:22 am

      Haha it does look like some sort of potion, blue elixir

  4. Khushbu Jain
    February 2, 2016 / 3:12 am

    U have an amazing blog…love reading all ur post…:-)

  5. Nubee56
    April 21, 2016 / 11:57 pm

    I've heard it also makes great kombucha

  6. Umashanker Govindasamy
    May 12, 2016 / 7:26 am


  7. nydi pies
    June 4, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    I have noticed two varieties of this flower. The single and double flower petal variety. Is the double petal variety also good got tea making? I've noticed most blogs show the single variety in pictures but I wonder if the same tea and benefits can also be made from the double flower variety?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 9, 2016 / 2:42 pm

      We have the double petal variety butterfly pea flowers at home too. You can use them also for making tea, it has the same benefits…

    • Anonymous
      June 10, 2016 / 1:54 am

      We use it to color our desserts, especially glutinous rice.

  8. Chandran
    July 7, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Natures gift

  9. Unknown
    July 7, 2016 / 11:55 am

    Yes so amazing…everyday we drink blue pea tea with my boss..my boss tell us drink every day

  10. nydi pies
    July 9, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    Thank you for responding Ramya! Great my double variety seedlings have started to sprout I can't wait for them to mature an flower!

  11. Sandy
    July 13, 2016 / 7:20 am

    Hello Ramya,I have seen similar type of flowers growing wild in my area. How do I confirm it is Butterfly pea? i never thought it can have medicinal importance.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 9:19 am

      Sandy, look at the shape, color and size of the flowers and also at the plant, butterfly pea plant is a creeper…..

    • viswanath allam
      July 22, 2016 / 11:40 am

      Hi Ramya,I am searching for the plant or it's seeds, to grow them in my house. Could you please help me in this?ThanksViswanadh

    • viswanath allam
      July 25, 2016 / 7:04 pm

      Hi Ramya,I want to grow these plant could you please provide some information about how I can get it's seeds.Thanks and RegardsViswanadh

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 7, 2016 / 4:39 pm

      This blue butterfly pea plant is very very common as it grows wild everywhere, you can easily buy it in any nursery in India..

    • alburngardenherb
      October 10, 2016 / 2:55 pm

      I have been planting and cultivating butterfly pea for years, i am also selling blue ternatea tea. I am from Malaysia, it may be impossible for you to get the sibling. If you wish I would be gladly post to you a dozen or two of the seed…but you need to bear the postage…Regards

  12. Sandy
    July 19, 2016 / 6:36 am

    Yeah.. it is the same. It has been growing as a wild plant. Never new it has potent ingredients. The tea does not have any strong taste. It is just a mild colorful drink full of antioxidants. Thanks for sharing Ramya.

  13. Anonymous
    July 28, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    Also good in omelet with sauce soy.The juice of the washed flowers boiled with sugar; good and , free.

  14. Anonymous
    July 28, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    Also good in omelet with sauce soy.The juice of the washed flowers boiled with sugar; good and , free.

    • Modo Sami
      March 23, 2017 / 2:54 pm

      I will need to try out also after the real production.

  15. Rhena Sanchez
    July 30, 2016 / 7:36 am

    Just had it in my lemon iced tea…with lemon grass, passion fruit and blue berry tea. Splendid!

  16. Unknown
    August 2, 2016 / 2:46 am

    We Chinese used it to colour our glutinous rice for dessert and jelly making.

  17. Margaret Quek
    August 2, 2016 / 2:47 am

    We Chinese used it to colour our glutinous rice for dessert and jelly making.

  18. Margaret Quek
    August 2, 2016 / 2:48 am

    We Chinese used it to colour our glutinous rice for dessert and jelly making.

  19. Unknown
    August 9, 2016 / 6:42 am

    Ramya..Thank you so much for this information,never knew about this and tried with white pea flower which i have it in my garden. So refreshing it is.

  20. Amit Kumar
    August 18, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    Does it flower whole year? If their are any other medicational use of the flowers or leaves. What is the blooming season in climate like in west uttar pradesh

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 19, 2016 / 3:29 pm

      Butterfly pea does not flower throughout the year, usually it flowers during the monsoon season. Look for the flowers during late summer season when the rains start…

  21. somasundaram Perumal
    September 14, 2016 / 2:30 am

    Hi Ramya! Accidentally tumbled upon to your blog which is very informative with a simple English language and very beautiful professional looking photographs.Hope they were captured by you. All the best ! – Somasundaram – Namakkal.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 15, 2016 / 3:23 pm

      Hello Sir, I am glad you find the blog useful. All the photographs in this blog were taken by me, I enjoy photography a lot…:)

  22. Anonymous
    September 26, 2016 / 10:36 am

    Hi Ramya, thank you so much for the information. Your blog is very informative and amazing. May I share your blog so that more people can benefit from your wisdom ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 26, 2016 / 3:18 pm

      I will be very glad if you share the blog with others….:)

  23. Cennedy Jay
    October 2, 2016 / 1:51 am

    hi ramya… thnx for this info, just want to ask.. if we will use fresh flowers, shall we use the same process… pouring hot water in it? thnx

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 7, 2016 / 4:09 pm

      You can use the same process for making the tea with fresh flowers too…

    • Sunil Chandra Saha
      April 3, 2017 / 6:03 am

      @ramya Thank you for this Blog and couple of others I went through!I wanted to know : Where are the best farms of this FLOWER in India?Is it in Kerela People grow it as a CROP?Is it also cultivated on Large Scale?I am a PROFESSOR from IMT Ghaziabad and Some of our students are looking to do a Business project out of it!Can we talk on Mail?-Sunilsunilchandrasaha@gmail.com+919971345205

  24. Tanmaya Roy
    October 3, 2016 / 4:47 am

    W have plenty of this flowers in our garden. But never thought it can be used as food, drink and medicine. Thanks a lot!

  25. Marie Foo
    October 3, 2016 / 11:32 am

    Hi RamyaThis is mu fav flower tea.I drink it daily.It helps in keeping my hair healthy and my complexion nice and smooth.I hv a fb page Have A Cuppa Blue Tea, an online business selling these dried organic flowers online.And I ve been sharing yr blog with my friends

  26. pragadeeesh
    November 13, 2016 / 4:38 pm


  27. Joy MB
    December 8, 2016 / 6:28 am

    Greetings Ramya, my sister gave me lots of seedlings last summer season. Now, the blue-violet flower just bloom around our garden and I just love watching them everyday. I never knew even my sister of the name and its health benefits. I'm so glad I got to your blog. Thank you so much. More power and God bless! 🙂

  28. sam sjodin
    December 28, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    Is there any scientific evidence of the health benefits of this plant or is it just word of mouth?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 14, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      I have given links to all the studies that supports the uses of butterfly pea in the post, just click on the links…

  29. Unknown
    December 29, 2016 / 6:54 am

    where can we find the proof of food safety and health benefits of this?

  30. Unknown
    April 2, 2017 / 4:18 am

    is blue turnate same as blue-butterfly pea-tea? i was so much confused.

  31. Unknown
    April 5, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    I have the double petal variety. Should I collect the flowers when they burst or when they're still buds?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 14, 2017 / 4:59 pm

      We usually collect the flowers, once they bloom…

  32. Unknown
    April 13, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    I would like to know what it tastes like. Is it sweet or butter and do the dried flowers smell or does this flower not have a flowery scent? Thank you

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 14, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      It absolutely has no taste or smell and tastes very bland :). It just looks beautiful but with wonderful medicinal uses…..

  33. Jun Medz
    May 8, 2017 / 11:24 am

    I was amaze when i discovered this blue tarnate plant when a friend of mine give me a seedling and now growning in my garden, so lovely to stear them blooming a blue flowers. Is this safe to make a tea to a diabetic person?

  34. M D
    June 23, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Hi, i saw some website listed all the health benefits of the tea but at the end they said it's not good for pregnant and breastfeeding women to consume because excess consumption will cause toxic effects. Is that true?

  35. pondok
    June 26, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    How many flowers do u use for a cup would u say ? I have just grown and have double purple / white / sky blue colours….Want to try for the colours and see 🙂

    • Blue Tea INDIA
      November 21, 2017 / 6:23 am

      4 Dry Flowers in a Cup is Great which is 0.25 gram. Brew it for 2 min Have it with Mint and Lemon to see color Change. #COLORCHANGINGTEA – bluetea.co.in

  36. Anonymous
    June 27, 2017 / 1:01 am

    Looks like Shankapushpi flower.

    • Anonymous
      September 16, 2017 / 2:58 pm

      It is shankupushpi. The scientific name is clitoria ternatea.

  37. whitedaisy
    July 12, 2017 / 7:12 am

    It's time to dry and keep my bunga telang

  38. Studio Roots Holland
    August 25, 2017 / 11:58 pm

    Hi Ramya, I live in The Netherlands and I ordered sead, so next year maybe we also wil have bleu butterfly pea tea :-)Thanks for your blog.Kind regards Joke.

  39. Anonymous
    September 17, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    Hello, I would like to know if there is theine in this flower ? Can children drink it ? Many thanks.

    • Sunil Saha- Founder Blue Tea India
      November 21, 2017 / 6:15 am

      Yes. It's proven that it's good for memory. Children can drink it. We have research documents for it. Please ask for it if you wish to order.bluzire@gmail.com9971345205

  40. Didit Araneta-Reyes
    September 29, 2017 / 4:57 am

    Can we use the leaves also as tea?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 20, 2017 / 4:08 pm

      We use only the flowers for making the tea and I would suggest the same…

    • Sunil Saha- Founder Blue Tea India
      November 21, 2017 / 6:11 am

      Thank you Ms. Ramya, and it's great that you have introduced the product to the WORLD of CULINARY. Chefs are loving it and so are bartenders. It's a Bliss for TEA LOVERS. A treat to eyes and health.

  41. Unknown
    October 8, 2017 / 11:59 am

    How to buy this product, im here in naga city camarines sur

    • Sunil Saha- Founder Blue Tea India
      November 21, 2017 / 6:09 am

      I can send it to you. If you like!blueteaindia@gmail.com

  42. Unknown
    October 8, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Thanks for the information. In Marathi it's called Gokarma.

  43. paige frye
    October 23, 2017 / 5:27 am

    I just ordered a bag from Amazon. I made it as u directed & its delicious! I drink green tea w/honey daily instead of coffee or sodas bc of the antioxidants. I mixed them together & made a pitcher. I look forward to reaping the benefits.😁

    • Sunil Saha- Founder Blue Tea India
      November 21, 2017 / 6:05 am

      Great you tasted it. Used in FOOD, DRINKS, MOCKTAILS/COCKTAILS, DESSERTS, SALADS. We have created all of it. http://www.instagram.com/blueteaindiaNow it's available in India in Sun dried Dry Form and ensuring all it's richness is intact. +919971345205 for India and Global deliveries. We are now supplying to TAJ HOTELS India and Malvidives too.

  44. Unknown
    November 15, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    Hello Ramya, Thanks for the health beneficial information. Can we use the pea pods for cooking or in salad?

    • Sunil Saha- Founder Blue Tea India
      November 21, 2017 / 6:04 am

      YES- Used in FOOD, DRINKS, MOCKTAILS/COCKTAILS, DESSERTS, SALADS. We have created all of it. http://www.instagram.com/blueteaindiaNow it's available in India in Sun dried Dry Form and ensuring all it's richness is intact. +919971345205 for India and Global deliveries. We are now supplying to TAJ HOTELS India and Malvidives too.

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