Butterfly Pea Flower Tea is made from a dried, cobalt blue flower that is native to Southeast Asia. The butterfly pea’s botanical name is Clitoria ternatea, and it is also known as the bluebell vine and Darwin pea. In India, it is considered a holy plant, and throughout Asia the butterfly pea is used as a food coloring because of its vibrant blue shading.
For centuries, this caffeine-free tea has been used as a natural beauty enhancer and wellness supporter. Tea from the butterfly pea is a rich blue color when steeped, and since blooms range from deep lavender to deep blue to baby pink, it changes pH levels with the addition of certain ingredients. This reaction is what brings out its many colors. Acids such as lemon or lime juice make for a vibrant purple color, while a base of hibiscus flower or honey brings out its pink shading. This beautiful, shapeshifting drink is not only a treat for the eyes, but it is also a treat for the body!