Watch the video below with a step by step tutorial on how to make your own Herbal Tea from your Clitoria Ternatea plant. It is important that you dry the flowers for better infusion. When you you add lemon, just like magic, the tea turns purple. Clitoria Ternatea is often referred to as Butterfly Pea (USA) and Aparajita (India).
The flowers in this video are double blue. Other variations are single blue, double white, and single white. In South Asia and South East Asia this tea is used to help with menstrual bleeding among other benefits. Please scroll down and see the extract from The Journal of Ethnopharmacology on Clitoria Ternatea
The Ayurvedic medicine Clitoria ternatea—From traditional use to scientific assessment
Clitoria ternatea L. (CT) (Family: Fabaceae) commonly known as ‘Butterfly pea’, a traditional Ayurvedic medicine, has been used for centuries as a memory enhancer, nootropic, antistress, anxiolytic, antidepressant, anticonvulsant, tranquilizing and sedative agent. A wide range of secondary metabolites including triterpenoids, flavonol glycosides, anthocyanins and steroids has been isolated from Clitoria ternatea Linn. Its extracts possess a wide range of pharmacological activities including antimicrobial, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, diuretic, local anesthetic, antidiabetic, insecticidal, blood platelet aggregation-inhibiting and for use as a vascular smooth muscle relaxing properties. This plant has a long use in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for several diseases and the scientific studies has reconfirmed those with modern relevance. This review is an effort to explore the chemical constituents, pharmacological and toxicity studies of CT, which have long been in clinical use in Ayurvedic system of medicine along with a critical appraisal of its future ethnopharmacological potential in view of many recent findings of importance on this well known plant species.