Butterfly Pea for a Beautiful Mind

Butterfly pea flower first came into my holistic radar while researching for my skincare range Girl Undiscovered. This beautiful azure coloured specimen has an incredible reputation as an antioxidant that quenches free radicals and is packed full of goodness with even higher powers than vitamins C and E. The further I researched the more exciting possibilities I found from this little miracle flower, in particular as a prevention of Alzheimer’s. A team of researchers in India found that butterfly pea increases the levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.3. This chemical is important for communication in your brain and is the one that decreases the most as you age. Butterfly pea improves your thinking and balance naturally because it reverses this process. I have always had huge problems with my memory and is one of my biggest hang ups, so I have decided this is my new tea of choice!

Just when you thought it could not get any better Butterfly pea tea has been shown to have anti-glycation. Glycation is damage to the protein due to sugar molecules and is a major cause of skin aging. Ok now I am going to drink it by the truckload!!! Cheers to younger and healthier looking skin.

The flower has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties which works wonders for people who suffer from chronic fatigue and depression. Do you ever/always experience Insomnia? I certainly do, so a cup of this before bed will really work wonders. The first time I made this tea for my mother she was so incredibly calm and relaxed. I see this not only as a prevention for Alzheimer’s but also a wonderful relaxant for people that already have this very sad disease.

Butterfly pea otherwise known as clitoria-ternatea because its remarkable resemblance to the female anatomy makes the most fantastic and beautiful looking tea.

Here’s how I do it:

Charlottes Beautifulmind Butterfly Pea Tea

What you will need :
Dried Butterfly Pea flowers
Lemon grass (optional)
Lemon or a lime
Honey
Hot water

1. Put about 6 pea flowers in glass of hot boiled water until the flowers turn pale.
2. Add some lemon grass if you have it as the tea is not the most exciting flavour on its own.
3. After about 10 mins the water will turn a stunning bright blue.
4. You can add a little honey if you like it a bit sweeter
5. Now this is where the exciting stuff happens. Squeeze half a lemon or lime and watch the blue tea turn to a beautiful shade of magenta pink. Every time I do this is gives me such a buzz!
6. Enjoy the beautiful look, gorgeous taste and brilliant benefits.
Charlottes Tip
To give it even more brain boosting ommph add in some fresh grated ginger. Serve it on ice on those hot summer days.

Watch the magic happen here

As this is quite a fresh summery drink I thought I would make a winter drink too. Move over turmeric lattes!

Charlottes Beautifulmind Butterfly Chai Latte

What you will need:
2 cups water
10 dried Butterfly Pea flowers
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 cup of coconut milk or almond milk
1 TB honey

Here’s how I make it:

1. For the chai tea in a saucepan bring the water and spices to a boil.
2. Whisk the spices in the water. Once the water reaches a boil, turn off the heat and allow the spices to steep in the water for 5 minutes.
3. After 5 minutes, turn the heat back on and add the flowers and honey.
4. Return to a slight boil. Once boiling, turn off the heat. Allow the flowers to steep in the water and spices for 5 minutes.
5. Strain the tea. Reserve 1/2 cup of chai tea for the latte. Store the rest of the chai tea in the fridge up to two weeks for freshness.
6. For the latte if you don’t have a milk frother bring the milk, honey and pinch of cinnamon to a slight boil stirring often. Remove the pan from heat and whisk.
7. Pour 1/2 cup of chai tea in a mug. Slowly add the warm, frothy milk to the tea. Sprinkle the top of the chai latte with an extra pinch of cinnamon.
8. Enjoying this pretty looking, lilac hued, brain boosting and nurturing cup of goodness.

Charlottes Tip
Grind your own cinnamon sticks as you need it as you will get even more benefits from this wonder food.

Butterfly Pea Chai Latte

Where can you find this miracle worker Butterfly Pea Flowers?

A gorgeous friend of mine who lives in Bali first brought the tea to New Zealand for me but I have since been able to find it on the big wide web and purchased it through Siam Natural. Their products are 100% pure from Thailand farm cooperatives regulated by the Thailand Ministry of Agriculture http://www.siamnatural.com

For scientific research on Butterfly Pea Flower click this link
https://examine.com/supplements/clitoria-ternatea/


Please spread the word on the benefits of Butterfly Pea Tea to help me on my mission to help prevent Alzheimer’s
One Beautifulmind at a time

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Love
Charlotte
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Published by: Charlotte Devereux

As a child I was privileged growing up with an entrepreneurial mother, father & grandmother who’s incredible business acumen and innovative spirit passed onto me my love for creating. It’s in my blood. I embrace the power of possibility considering new ways to prevent Alzheimer's & depression as well as delving back in time to ancient rituals . I am in my happiest place when mixing up lotions and potions. I get to fulfil this with my product development role at Girl Undiscovered - 100% wild skincare which I founded with my two business partners in 2015. I always try and get in a headstand in each morning for an instant face lift and endorphin rush. A 10 minute meditation helps me to keep calm and juggle a crazy beautiful 7 year old and two dynamiyc yet challenging teenagers, an energetic Labrador and a hard working, paddle board crazy husband. My previous life as a pregnancy clothing designer for my business EGG has put me in touch with the magical way the body changes and sparked my interest in wellbeing. A natural progression for me in keeping skin healthy, body nurtured and mind supported through exercise, diet and wellbeing. Caring for my darling mother who has Alzheimer's and my journey on the prevention helps me to remember my inner girl as the curious, kind and creative one I continue to want to be.

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8 thoughts on “Butterfly Pea for a Beautiful Mind”

  1. Wow
    I remember your mum well, such a wonderful lady
    So lucky to have you caring for her and I will most definitely pass this information on to my mums friend who’s husband is suffering badly from it
    This had for sharing Charlotte

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    1. Hi Joanna – thank you for your message. I am so lucky to have been cared by her so now it is my turn. Thank you for passing this onto your friend, I have some exciting information I am going to be sharing soon.
      x

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  2. Thinking of you Chatlotte and your dear Ma, enjoy the time you have with her and the remaining little glimpses of her true self …..and the pleasure for her at other times that she will have from your caring company whether she knows you at that particular moment or not. 💕xx
    Kind regards Margaret Boreham-Colven

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  3. Hey charlotte, lovely blog. My memory is like a sieve, so I’m in for this. Would you object to me piggybacking on your orders and depositing the equivalent nzd amount into your account? Then I know I’m getting the right stuff? If they not your gig, can you confirm it’s the ‘fresh sun dried wild butterfly pea organic herbal flower tea in a 3 ounce package for usd39.95 I should order? Cheers Andrew harford 021443774

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    1. Thank you Andrew for your message – so pleased you like it. I just recently made an order however I will be importing it from a grower in Australia and making my own special blend. It will be a few months off though. Will keep in touch. Also this coming blog there will be some amazing exercises to help improve memory. Mine is like a sieve too! Charlotte

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