Know for its Transformation, Love, Protection, & Serenity properties, Butterfly-pea flower tea is a caffeine-free herbal tea, or tisane, beverage made from a decoction or infusion of the leaves of the Clitoria ternatea plant and dried Lemongrass. The ternatea is also known as butterfly-pea, blue-pea, Aprajita, Cordofan pea or Asian pigeonwings. It is full of potent antioxidants, lowering blood pressure, and has even been studied for its ability to help protect the skin against premature aging (it fights against glycation, which is protein damage caused by an influx of sugar molecules).
Butterfly Pea has amazing transformative properties – it is very sensitive to acidity. If you put it in water, it will release a blue colouring, and if you add something acidic like lemon juice or tonic water it will change colour to a vivid purple.
In Thai folklore they have a beautiful story about this plant:
A thousand and one years ago in the time when the creatures of the Himapan Forest still roamed among humans there lived a woman called Isra. One night while she was sleeping Kinnari (half woman, half bird) came to her house and beckoned her to follow. Together they flew through the starlit sky, over moonlit lotus ponds and ancient temples. Finally they entered the Himapan forest. They walked for awhile along the scented path until they came to a flower that Isra had never seen before.
“Take this with you back to the village and plant it in your garden next to the fence. It will give rest to anyone who sees it.”
Isra did as Kinnari said and the plant grew fast and tall. The flowers were a beautiful blue.
One day Isra decided to pluck them and make tea from them and enchanted all her neighbours by adding a squeeze of lime which turned the drink a pinky purple. And that is how we came to have Anchan Tea.”