Pea Flower Power
I first found out about Butterfly Pea Flower tea about 25 years ago when I was living and traveling around Asia. The little blue flower grows native to southeast Asia and it is especially popular in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia and Vietnam where they drink it as an herbal iced tea blended with ginger. It was refreshing, healthy, and gorgeous to look at. It was also considered an aphrodisiac but I can’t speak to that. Little did I know back then it was also used in skincare there for centuries.
The flower contains a high concentration of a blue-violet pigment called anthocyanin, a powerful anti-oxidant which gives other red/blue/purple/black fruits and vegetables their color such as wine grapes, eggplant, cranberries, black and blueberries, black beans, blue corn, purple cauliflower and an array of tropical fruits. The color of this pigment depends on the acidity of its soil. Some flowers will be blue, and if the soil is more acidic some flowers will be a dark purple or magenta color. So the color can really vary depending on the time you pick it and dry it.
Anthocyanin belong to the class of molecules called flavonoids which are another word for phytonutrients and found in all fruits and vegetables. Anthocyanin along with other anti-oxidants and phytonutrients are what fight plants use to against free radicals to reduce premature cell death. It is this activity that we are interested in when it comes to all cells including skin cells. Almost everything we eat or put on our skin should help fight free radicals which is a huge contributing factor to the aging process.
Anthocyanidin is one of the most powerful of all antioxidants. It is able to increase the elasticity in skin cells, is a great anti-inflammatory, and gives protection from pollution while it calms, soothes and plumps the skin. It works well for rosacea and compromised or aging skin. A great bonus, Butterfly PeaFlower is an all natural, quickly growing and sustainable plant.
Butterfly PeaFlower shows up in our Deep Water Mist because we wanted to deliver a beautiful color without any chemical dyes. The added anti-oxidants didn’t hurt either and we loved how each bottle varies according to the batch of dried flowers used, so no two batches are exactly the same. We’re letting nature dictate to us what we end up with and it feels right.
Remember to recycle or better yet, re-use our toner and cleanser bottles. You can either make your own toner or use it as a flower vase like I did:
The blue water is actually Butterfly PeaFlower dried petals in water and I’m going to see how long the cut flowers last in it. It will be interesting to see if it lasts longer in the flower water or longer in plain water. This is a good science project idea for your kids!
First, soak the dried flowers in lukewarm water. The hotter the water, the quicker the color comes out but heat can also kill the Anthocyanins, which I don’t want to do because I’ve chosen purple flowers specifically to let them drink in those anti-oxidants. So choose lukewarm water and just let them sit for a while. The water will get a very dark navy/purple color. You can lighten the color by diluting with water or darken it by adding more dried flowers.
Once you’ve got the color that goes best with your bouquet, run out to the garden and cut some flowers. Bringing the outdoors into your home and surrounding yourself with living beauty is so important for relieving stress. I ended up putting my flowers in the bathroom where I would see it at least ten times a day.
I love the deep blue color of these so much I may make our next batch of Deep Water Mist a bit darker if I can source some darker petals. But don’t worry, it won’t dye your face, it’ll just give you a bit more of those anti-aging benefits we love.
Much love and Aloha,