Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea)
Has been in use in Ayurvedic medicine for its memory enhancing and brain boosting qualities. It is a powerful nootropic that helps relieve stress, as it is also an anxiolytic and an anti-depressant. It improves vitality.
Clitoria ternatea is a creeper vine from tropical Asia. It’s also called the “tropical alfalfa” as it is a protein rich source of food for livestock at a low cost, that also fixes Nitrogen to the soil, making it a green manure.
It’s flowers are a beautiful rich indigo color that are used as a natural dye. Which changes tones when its PH is changed, when you add lemon it turns pink. Great for making flashy drinks or cooking. The Butterfly Pea flowers are part of the typical cuisine in Asia, and the tea is widely consumed in various recipes. Due to this plants very low toxicity and health benefits, it’s great for daily consumption.
Butterfly Pea is full of antioxidants and prevents the damage from sugar to the skin. It’s great at preventing premature aging of the skin. It’s also antimicrobial as it contains peptides that work specifically well against E.coli.
A traditional balinese remedy “Bunga telang” meaning clear vision is made from this herb for curing all sorts of eye ailments. Taking advantage of its antimicrobial and antiinflammatory properties.
A nootropic is known for improving cognitive functions like memory, creativity or motivation.
As such it has been used in traditional medicine as a brain boosting tonic. As it enhances protein synthesis in neurons and helps build dendrites. in conclusion helps various aspects of neural health, primarily its memory and cognitive enhancing properties. It has been studied side by side with common nootropic compounds and it has proven to be just as effective.
There is many other applications for this wonderful herb, to list a few:
- Memory Enhancer
- Brain Booster
- Cognitive Enhancer