3 Top Medicinal Uses Of Aparajita | Butterfly Pea | Bunga Telang | Sangu Poo | Sangu Pushpam

This beautiful creeper is called Butterfly pea plant in English and you can easily find this plant everywhere in India. 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. We call it Sangu Poo | Sangu Pushpam in Tamil and is very popularly called Aparjitha in Hindi and Bunga Telang in Malay. In Malaysia, Thailand and Burma, the flowers are used to color the rice while cooking and there 2 varieties of this plant, one produces white and the other produces violet flowers. It’s botanical name is Clitoria Ternatea and it is widely used Ayurvedic medicine. This beautiful creeper has wonderful medicinal uses and especially it’s use in enhancing the memory and reducing stress in very popular. Scientific studies have been done extensively on this amazing plant and many of it’s traditional uses have been proven. 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. All the three remedies that are given below have been scientifically proven. The root extract of clitoria ternatea when given to 7 day old rat pups for 30 days showed improved retention capacity and learning ability than the other group of rats that were not given the extract. The root extract also show anti asthmatic activity. The flower extract of the plant also has been proven scientifically to protect against free radicals and is full of antioxidants. Actually butterfly pea tea is quite famous and has a beautiful blue color. If you don’t have fresh flowers for making the tea, you can easily order organic dried flowers through shops like amazon. And other very surprising effect of this amazing plant is the chloroform and methanol seed extract has been proven to have larvicidal activity against 3 species of mosquitoes! The wound healing property of butterfly pea also has been proven through research. Side effects: Clitoria Ternatea has blood sugar lowering properties so diabetic patients should be cautious when using this herb. 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.

3 Top Medicinal Uses & Health Benefits Of Aparajita | Butterfly Pea | Bunga Telang | Sangu Poo | Sangu Pushpam

1. Clitoria Ternatea | Butterfly Pea Antioxidant Tea:

Boil water and pour over either fresh or dried flowers and sweeten with honey if you prefer. This butterfly pea tea has been proven to contain significant amount of antioxidants.

2.  Clitoria Ternatea Root Extract For Memory & Stress:

Boil a cup of water with 2 inch piece root of clitoria ternatea till it reduces in half and strain. This decoction is great for reducing stress and also acts as a mild sedative. This remedy has been proven through scientific research and this root extract also acts as a laxative.

3. Clitoria Ternatea Leaf 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. It also has anti fungal and anti bacterial properties and when applied externally can greatly reduce the infection.



  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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