Wordless Wednesday: The Health Benefits Of Butterfly Pea Flower

July 06, 2022

The butterfly pea flower may be known for its attractive deep blue hue but it's also regarded for its many health benefits.

I’ve always found the deep blue color of the butterfly pea flower to be striking. Whenever there is a Butterfly Pea flower in a garden, I can’t help but be drawn by its vivid hues. Butterfly pea flowers come from the Clitoria ternate plant; yes, that’s the name because the flowers resemble the human female genitals. The plant is also known by its other names: Asian pigeonwings, blue pea, or Darwin pea.

Butterfly pea flower

Wordless Wednesday: The Health Benefits Of Butterfly Pea Flower


Butterfly pea is present in many Asian dishes. It’s used for making blue rice, herbal infusions, and cocktails, to name a few. Butterfly pea is also added to salads and even smoothies.

Anyway, some months ago, a relative planted a Butterfly Pea in our garden. I thought that it was just a perennial vine but I was surprised when it grew and flourished because the stem and branches looked woody.

I knew that butterfly pea is regarded for its health-giving benefits but it was only after doing some research that I found out what those exact health advantages. Here are some of those:

  • Promotes healthy skin and hair because of its high antioxidant content
  • Possibly aids in weight reduction
  • Lowers blood sugar level

Take note though that further studies are needed to validate the health benefits of butterfly pea flowers.

How do we use butterfly pea at home? We mainly use butterfly pea as an herbal infusion. We pick one to three pieces of butterfly pea flowers, wash them with water, put it in a mug, and steep them in freshly boiled water until the blue pigment is extracted. 

We don’t usually add any sugar or milk to this infusion but I was able to try it with a few pieces of sliced ginger when my throat was a little sore.

Butterfly pea flower is generally flavorless so drinking it is similar to consuming any other mild herbal infusion.

Are you familiar with the butterfly pea flower? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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18 comments

  1. These plants are beautiful! I love to garden and this will look great next to my collection of plants!

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  2. It's certainly pretty. Reminds me of the pretty purple pansy flowers I love.

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  3. Richelle Milar7 July 2022 at 02:28

    Wow! That is a very pretty and lovely flower! That is perfect on my garden love it!

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  4. Rose Ann Sales7 July 2022 at 02:29

    I’m surely gonna let my mom see this she really love collecting flowers like this! So beautiful!

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  5. I didn't know about butterfly pea flowers. These are interesting benefits from it, too.

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  6. Wow! Such a great information, and the benefits of this flower is so awesome. Got to check this out and will definitely try it!

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  7. These are so pretty to have in the garden. I love that plants have some amazing benefits to our health.

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  8. The flower is beautiful. I haven't ever heard of the butterfly pea flower. I wonder if it would grow in the US.

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  9. I don't know that I would've ever considered putting flowers in rice but that sounds like a lovely practice! I love edible flowers, however rarely I come across them!

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  10. I don't think I'd have ever considered flowers cooked into rice but that sounds lovely. I enjoy edible flowers, however rarely I come across them!

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  11. This is a beautiful flower that has a lot of benefits that go along with it.

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  12. I use pea powder in my smoothies. I wonder if it is a similar product. I love pea flowers to garnish with when they are in season.

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  13. I didn't know the health benefits from the butterfly pea. That is amazing!

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  14. This is such a beautiful flower. I would love this pop of color in my garden.

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  15. I love learning about the health benefits of all things natural! It's a constant reminder that God gave us medicine already!

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  16. Wow! What a beautiful flower! I would like to have it in my garden!

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  17. That's a beautiful flower and this is the first time that I've heard of such. It does look a little but like my purple iris. -LYNNDEE

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  18. We have had this tea a few times. It is so pretty! It is nice to try something a little different.

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