Butterfly Pea Flower: The Magical Color Changing Tea

Updated: Feb 17

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Butterfly pea flower is probably one of the prettiest teas I have ever had. Also known as blue tea, when mixed with lemon juice this tea turns into beautiful purple color. The ternatins in it are what give the flower its blue color. Aside from the beautiful color, ternatins as well as other compounds like Kaempferol, p-Coumaric acid, Delphinidin-3,5-glucoside give this flower amazing health benefits. This tea may help improve digestion, speed up weight loss, have skin and hair benefits, and help your heart and eyesight. It has a nice light flavor and is great as an iced tea in the summertime.


Ternatin is a great component of blue tea. It has shown it may be useful in treating chronic inflammation and possibly stopping cancer growth. It has been shown incredibly useful and possibly has some future in creating medications for people in fighting inflammatory diseases. (1) It has also been shown in studies that ternatin, and synthetic versions of it may be deadly to cancer cells and may stop them from dividing. (2)


Kaempferol is a powerful flavonoid found in many fruits, vegetables, and teas. Science direct describes kaempferol as possibly being antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antidiabetic, and anticancer. Specifically helping with breast, ovarian, gastric, lung, pancreatic cancer, and blood cancers. (3)

p-Coumaric acid

p-coumaric acid is a hydroxycinnamic acid derivative of cinnamic acid. It is thought to kill bacteria by disrupting bacterial cell membranes and ultimately leading to cell death. (4) In studies p-Coumaric acid has been shown to inhibit pathways that cause angiogenesis. (5) Angiogenesis is the creation of new blood cells from preexisting blood cells that could ultimately lead to cancer.


Delphinidin-3,5-glucoside is found in many different foods but mostly it is found in pomegranates. (Here is an article about this compound and COVID.) There are studies to suggest this may help immune function and may be effective against colorectal cancer.

This tea has some amazing health benefits but it is also used in other things than tea. When used topically on the skin this plant can help with anti-aging and anti-inflammatory as well as hydration. (6) There is also promising research to suggest that the plant can be used in new medications for hair growth. (7)

Recommended use

The recommended use is one teaspoon in a cup of boiling water and let it steep for about ten to fifteen minutes.

My experience

This is one of the coolest teas I have drunk. The way that the lemon juice reacts with the tea to change colors is really cool. The tea had no effects on me mentally or physically as other teas have. It was essentially like drinking green tea. It has a very light taste and it makes a great summertime iced lemonade tea. You can purchase the tea here.

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