Scientific name of Butterfly pea: Clitoria ternatea
Name of Butterfly pea in different languages:-
English: Blue pea, Cordofan pea, and Asian pigeon wings, Clitoria
Sanskrit: Aparajita, Gokarnika Asphota, Katabhi, Dadhipusphika, Vishantri, Mohanashini, Vajikhura, Ashva, Girikarnika, Kinihi, Mahashveta,
Malayalam: Shangupuzhpam ശംഖുപുഷ്പം
Butterfly pea or clitoria (The name came from the flower of the plant has the shape of the female genital part-clitoris) – Clitoria ternatea is a perennial, herbaceous plant, vine or creeper, leaves are elliptic, obtuse, 4 cm long and 3 cm wide, flowers are deep blue, solitary, the flower has a shape of the female genital organ. The fruits are pod-sized up to 7 cm long, flat pods, tapered both ends are tailed, and commonly contain 6 to 10 seeds. There are other varieties of the plant, which carry white flowers.
Useful plant parts:
Whole plant, root, flower.
Medicinal uses of Butterfly peas:
It is used as a memory enhancer, to treat fever, mental disorders, cobra bite, bronchial disorders, sleeplessness, anti-stress, sedative agent, anxiolytic, nootropic, antidepressant, and anticonvulsant.
- Brain Health: Butterfly pea is believed to have properties that support brain function. It is considered a medhya rasayana, which means it is thought to enhance cognitive function, memory, and intelligence.
- Stress Relief: It is used as an adaptogen, believed to help the body adapt to stress and promote overall resilience.
- Antioxidant Properties: The plant is rich in antioxidants, which are believed to help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
- Anti-Inflammatory: Butterfly pea is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may be beneficial for conditions related to inflammation.
- Digestive Health: In Ayurveda, it is used to support digestive function. It is believed to alleviate digestive issues like indigestion, bloating, and constipation.
- Cooling Properties: It is considered to have a cooling effect on the body, which is particularly useful in balancing excess heat or pitta dosha.
- Eye Health: Butterfly pea is used traditionally to promote eye health. It is believed to have a beneficial effect on vision.
- Hair and Skin Care: The flowers of the butterfly pea are sometimes used in Ayurvedic beauty treatments. They are believed to promote healthy hair growth and improve the complexion.
- Diuretic Properties: It is believed to have diuretic properties, which may be beneficial for promoting healthy kidney function and reducing excess fluid in the body.
- Aphrodisiac: Some traditional Ayurvedic texts suggest that butterfly peas may have aphrodisiac properties and can be used to support sexual vitality.
Tannins, resins, starch, taraxerol, and taraxerone.
Anxiolytic, antidepressant, anticonvulsant, and anti stress
How to prepare medicines:
It is one of the ingredients in Ayurveda medicine like-