Butterfly Pea Flowers (Clitoria Ternatea ) are rich with many beneficial compounds such as ternatins, which gives the plant its vibrant blue-purple hues and is considered a mood enhancer with additional wellness benefits.
This is a super fun tincture that can be used both for it's benefits or for creating culinary treats. Its main purpose is its antioxidants. Antioxidants are important as they protect our cells againts free radicals, which play a part in disease and degeneration. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food or when your exposed to environmental pollutants.
Studies have suggested that the ternatins can alleviate inflammation and may help prevent many types of diseases. The high antioxidant count additionally offers cancer fighting properties, antimicrobial, some antiviral and stimulates the immune system.
The antioxidants in this plant have been shown to support eye and skin health, protect from premature aging and cellular damage due to excess exposure to the sun and environmental toxins. Antioxidants play a vital role in the continuous fight against oxidative stress and cell damage that is caused by free radicals.
This cooling herb is not as well known as others, but it has been used for centuries for promoting lustrous thick hair via its high bioflavonoid content. In the past, its been used for enhanced night vision, beneficial for cataracts, increasing collagen in skin cells, brain function, stimulating hair growth and is very beneficial for anxiety and depression. The compound "Anthocyanin" increases the blood flow in the scalp and other parts of the body which help with circulation and strengthens parts such as the eyes, skin and heart.
This tincture is mostly neutral in taste, made with only the flowers and has a slight earthy flavor that gives a glass of water a fantastic blue hue that is fun to drink while enjoying its benefits.
That blue tint is packed with important vitamins ( A, C & E ) and minerals and will change color when exposed to acidic foods and drink. Add a dropper full to a glass of lemonade and watch the transformation! Combining Butterfly Pea flower with lemon with transform it to a magenta or purple. Add it to Hibiscus tea and it will be a deep red natural coloring.
This important flower has been numerously published in many important medical and holistic journals such as the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, the Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science, International Research Journal of Pharmacy and many more with astounding details and proven benefits.
This is a very safe and gentle herb but as with all herbs, it is not recommended in high medicinal concentrated amounts during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. With any type of concentrated herbs, only use the amount recommended because overuse could cause discomfort.
When used for cooking or culinary creations, you may use as much as you like as it will be safely diluted with food or beverage. When using any new products both internally and topically, always test in small amounts to then increase to recommended amounts to allow your body to adjust and if there is an allergic reaction. This herb can be used on a daily basis in both beverages and in food.
It is not recommended to use this product medicinally or in high amounts if you are using medications that are used to slow down heart rate such as antidepressants and its always good practice to check with your medical professional when using alternative or holistic health enhancements.
Use it as a plant based safe coloring in food and beverage with bonus benefits. The FDA has given its approval as a natural color additive and is considered safe for children when used in food and drink coloring.
Use the tincture to create divine culinary treats, blue ice cubes, in baking, colored yogurt, colored butter or sour cream, oatmeal, blue rice, cocktails and even on vanilla ice cream. Its a lovely treat with unlimited creative possibilities with health benefits as a bonus!
Our modern world has increased the exposure to free radicals and we need to counterbalance it with as much plant nutrients as possible. Other ways to find natural antioxidants would be through whole foods such as blueberries, strawberries, artichokes, raspberries, kale, spinach and beets. Using this tincture can help increase your antioxidant intake along side proper nutrition.
Amounts to use as a tincture - In a beverage, use 1 full dropper (30 - 35 drops) in 4 to 8 ounces of water and can be used up to 4 times per day as needed for adults. Children are half the amount for ages 3 yrs and older.
Product comes in a 1 ounce bottle with dropper. It is important to keep the bottle away from sunlight and is best to store in a cool dry pantry for 2 years.