Are you a tea lover? The freshness and energy feeling a cup of tea provides is impeccable especially during a hectic day. Green tea and black tea are more familiar ones to many of us. But have you heard about Blue Tea? A very healthy variant made with Butterfly Pea Flower. Because of the beautiful blue hue the flower imparts into the water, gives it the name Blue Tea. Butterfly pea flower is known by the names Asian pigeon wings, blue bellvine, blue pea, Shankupushpam etc. There are mainly two varieties ; blue and white.
Blue tea has a sweet and earthy flavor so there's no worry about the taste it has. So let's see how to prepare Blue Tea.
Water - 4 cups
Butterfly pea flower - 8 numbers
Lemon juice - juice of ½ lemon
Honey - to taste
Boil the water and add flowers. When the water turns to Blue color turn off the stove and remove flowers. Add lemon juice into the tea. When it cools down a bit, add honey as per taste. Adding honey will help the body to absorb the goodness of the tea faster.
It's always good to prepare Blue tea in earthen pots.
So let's check about the health benefits Blue tea can provide:
1. Helps to relieve anxiety
Studies show that Blue tea can ease stress and anxiety to a good extent. It also helps to have a relaxed sleep at night.
2. Helps to boost memory power
Studies have shown that the Blue Tea can assist with memory and brain functions as the Butterfly pea flower helps increase Acetylcholine, a neuro transmitter.
3. Helps to relieve asthma
Blue Tea can be used to relieve cold, cough and asthma. It helps to clear the mucus from nostrils, lungs and trachea.
4. Help to calm down fever
Blue tea can be used to bring down temperature. Blue tea helps to reduce fever by expanding the blood vessels underneath the skin, this cools the blood by increasing the blood flow and reducing the temperature.
5. Helps to manage diabetes
Having a cup of Blue tea between meals helps to regulate blood sugar levels and lower blood glucose level. Blue tea inhibits excess glucose absorption from the food and hence helps to keep blood sugar levels in check. It’s a good source of Polyphenols and has been a proven remedy to prevent Type 1 diabetes.
6. Helps to manage body weight
Blue Tea helps to reduce body weight. It's its Catechins content that aids fat burning by boosting metabolism and initating thermogenesis.
7. It's packed with antioxidants
Blue Tea is rich in high amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants reduce the risk of cell damage. It's this antioxidant which keeps our skin young and healthy.
Since Blue tea is rich in many vitamins and minerals, it's very effective in preventing premature ageing of skin and hair.
8. Helps to improve eyesight
Butterfly pea flower contains an antioxidant called proanthocyanidin, which increases blood flow to the capillaries of eyes. So having Blue tea can be useful for people with glaucoma, blurred vision, retinal damage and tired eyes.
The best thing about Blue Tea is that it's completely caffein- free and has a lot of antioxidants in it. Regular consumption of Blue Tea can bring a lot of health benefits. But it should not be considered as a cure for any serious medical conditions. During pregnancy, Doctor's advise is needed to consume it.