Herbal Cigarettes DIY : Smoking Butterfly Pea
The Butterfly Pea is a perennial herbaceous plant that grows as a vine in moist, neutral soil. This herb has a lovely deep blue color with light yellow markings.
It has been used to improve soil quality through the decomposition of nitrogen rich plant material. It also has some health benefits worth knowing. Keep reading to find out more about this plant.
What is Butterfly Pea?
The Butterfly Pea flower is typically sold online in tea shops and specialty stores. It is sometimes referred to as blue tea, blue chai or blue matcha. The herb is from South America and Asia, believed to have been brought to India in the 17th century. These days, it can be found growing in the wild in North America.
How does Butterfly Pea work?
The butterfly pea flower contains antioxidants such as proanthocyanidin, which promotes collagen growth and the elasticity of the skin. This plant also promotes brain function and memory by the Acetylcholine it contains. The tea made from this plant is often believed to help treat anxiety and promote blood flow.
Benefits & Uses of Butterfly Pea
Apart from its lovely color-changing abilities, the very attention grabbing blue petals are actually rich in anthocyanins, the same compounds found in blueberries, tart cherries and red cabbage. It is also worth mentioning that blueberries are considered to be a super-food, so this very intense pigmentation has been previously linked to beneficial nutrients. Some doctors would say “the darker the color, the higher the content of anthocyanins”.
In traditional Asian medicine, the Butterfly Pea has been regarded as a stress-reliever.
The tea made with this herb may also have sedative qualities and it is also great to consume in order to reduce light internal inflammation as a post-meal drink.
Butterfly Pea may also help boost your immune system, help with weight loss and to aid in detoxing the body.
This herb can also be used in many herbal smoking blends like Meo Marley's increasingly popular Zen Blend, bringing a lovely fragrance and color to the blends it is used in.
Dosage of Butterfly Pea
The dosage for the Butterfly Pea can vary according to the person who uses it, their underlying health conditions and needs. Always consult a doctor before ingesting or smoking any herb.
Butterfly Pea really is more than just an herb with a pretty colour! It can help as a stress-reliever when ingested or as a great natural alternative to tobacco as a rolling filler.
As part of our herbal smoking blends, you may find that Damiana is right for you.
*This article is not to be interpreted as a statement of any form by Herbes Meo Marley Inc. but merely a compendium of information compiled from other sources. These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada, FDA or any other regulatory body. Consult your doctor before ingesting or smoking any herbal product.*
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