“Let someone love you the way you are - as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are. To believe that you must hide all the parts of you that are broken, out of fear that someone else is incapable of loving what is less than perfect, is to believe that sunlight is incapable of entering a broken window and illuminating a dark room.” -Mark Chernoff
Notes on butterflypea
The plant friend in the spotlight today is Butterfly Pea aka Clitoria Ternatea
Known for her luminous indigo color, Butterfly Pea has traditionally been used to color deserts
She’s packed full of antioxidants, flavonoids and peptides, but aside from her many health benefits, including antiasthmatic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antidiabetic, antilipidemic, anti-arthritic, antioxidant, and wound healing properties…
She’s also known as an anti-aging remedy.
As some of us may know, as we age, we can tend to have more challenges with energy and focus, amongst other challenges. This is usually because of the build up of oxidative stress and inflammation
Butterfly Pea is known as a memory enhancer, brain booster and anti-stress remedy, at the same time, having calmative effects - as you may recall, these herbs are called nervines
She contains antioxidants which increases blood flow to the capillaries of the eyes, useful in treatment of glaucoma, blurred vision, retinal damage or tired eyes.
She’s rich in bioflavonoids that can promote hair growth and reduce greying of hair.
Her antioxidants stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, which helps rejuvenate the skin
And, she has traditionally been used as an aphrodisiac, particularly for women
You can enjoy Butterfly Pea as a hot or cold tea. As I mentioned, she’s a rich beautiful Indigo color. When I drink her cold (I like room temperature rather than iced), I squeeze some lemon into the glass and watch her turn purple.
She’s truly magical!