No More Reason to Feel Blue with Blue Ternate!
Make a unique surprise for your loved ones this season of love through the wonderful flowers of Blue Ternate.
Valentine’s day is approaching, and some probably are thinking of what flowers to give to their special someone. The most common flowers that you know are roses, tulips, carnations, and daisies, etcetera. But have you heard about this flower that can make your life extra special and lovely? It's known as the Blue Ternate! It will surely give color to your ordinary day especially when you are feeling sad.
Blue Ternate flowers or Butterfly Pea. It is known for its luminous indigo color. It has a variety of uses. Traditionally, it is making quite an interesting cup of tea. It can also make your steamed rice blue. Some of the health benefits include keeping your skin glow healthy and glowing, it detoxifies the whole body, enhances the immune system, memory enhancer.
Yes, you read it right. This flower is packed with a lot of health value which many of us don’t know or haven’t heard yet.
What is Blue ternate?
Blue ternate or Butterfly pea, scientifically named Clitoria ternatea is a vine-type plant with indigo blue-colored flowers. It is from Southeast Asia and is usually used as food coloring for Thai and Malay dishes as well as components in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.
Uses of Blue ternate
Here are the different means of how the flower is prepared for consumption or use.
Traditionally been used as a vegetable.
The flowers are squeezed of grounded into the paste to extract the juice and the color. It is often used as a coloring for rice, especially in Thai and Malay dishes such as “nasi kerubu”.
As simple as putting the flower into a glass of hot water, mixing with lime and honey, you can already have a healthy juice out of blue ternate.
Likewise, its leaves can be boiled and make into tea by mixing either lemon or lime. Just put a little sugar or honey to add a sweet taste to it because the tea is similar to other teas made from leaves and herbs which has a bitter taste.
Other than being eaten and drunk, butterfly pea paste can also be applied to the skin to maintain its complexion or as a cure for swelling and wounds.
Today, even ice cream has blue ternate flavor.
What can blue ternate offer to our health?
Treats hair loss
- The Anthocyanin in the flower of blue ternate is the key ingredient to increase blood flow in the scalp, to sustain and fortify hair follicles. In ancient Thai medicine, this is used to treat male baldness and premature graying of hair.
Cools down fever
There was a study made in albino rats. It was found out that methanol extract from ternatea has antipyretic potential on normal body temperature and yeast-induced pyrexia.
An extract blue ternate at doses of 200, 300 and 400 mg/kg produced a significant decrease in normal body temperature. The effect extended up to 5 hours after administration.
Also, the flower is thought to bring down fever by expanding the blood vessels thus increasing blood flow where it can be easily cooled.
The flower which also contains proanthocyanidin increases blood flow to the capillaries of the eyes, useful in the treatment of glaucoma, blurred vision, retinal damage or tired eyes.
The antioxidants in this flower stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, which helps rejuvenate the skin and lessen wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Butterfly Pea has been shown to enhance cognitive function and boost brain function.
Safety and Toxicity of Butterfly Pea
There was no found toxicity in the flower in a study assessing doses up to 3000mg/kg body weight.
This coming love month, aside from the bouquet of rose and a box of chocolates, you can bring along a basket full of blue ternate flowers. This is not only a unique surprise but a lovely reminder to your loved ones that their health really matters to you because you truly care for them.