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BEAUTIFUL ORGANIC TEA | ETHICALLY SOURCED
BEAUTIFUL ORGANIC TEA | ETHICALLY SOURCED
by Rebecca Domorev November 17, 2021 3 min read
Everyone remembers their first time.
A moment of mesmerisation. Caught in the intensity of passion, colour. A risk on the lips and a sip at first, and then some more.
If you've had it before, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Settle down, people. We're talking about tea here.
Butterfly pea flower tea.
Alone, a glorious show, nothing more.
Partnered correctly, a perfect union of beauty and substance.
Butterfly pea is a flower from Southeast Asia, also known as Asian Pigeonwings, that comes from the plant called clitoria ternatea and is famous for its vibrant royal blue petals.
Butterfly pea is uniquely generous amongst flowers, in that it doesn't just keep its ultra-intense colour to itself.
Add boiling water and the petals' blue blood will seep into the water as the liquor is transformed into a display of majestic royalty.
So intense is the colour, it's used increasingly in cosmetics or as a natural food colouring, and textiles.
Butterfly pea flower is a naturally caffeine-free tea.
Truth be told, the flavour of Butterfly Pea isn't much. Some describe it as an earthy flavour, or woody. Others liken it to a light green tea with a gently sweet aroma.
Butterfly Pea doesn't taste great, but that's not what it's about.
Butterfly Pea is all about show.
And who doesn't love a good show, old chap?
How wonderful to be mesmerised by the beauty of a fine performance.
If you're just brewing butterfly pea flowers and nothing more (we assume you're sitting down ready with your tub of popcorn), place four flower buds into a mug and add boiling hot water.
Brew for at least five minutes and remove the blue flower buds from the hot water.
For a little added extra drama, add a squeeze of lemon juice to your brew and watch as the blue colour transforms into a deep purple hue.
Allow your mind to be blown.
If you want to enjoy a good flavour too, we recommend looking at a solid partnership between Butterfly Pea and some other more grounded ingredients. Tielka's Cerulean Calm is coming soon, a beautiful union of butterfly pea with green tea and lavender.
Asides from a mind-blowingly good show, Butterfly Pea tea has some fascinating health benefits.
Buttefly Pea is jam-packed with ternatins and potent antioxidants.
Ternatins are anthocyanin compounds that give Butterfly Pea its vibrant hue. Some test-tube studies show ternatins can alleviate inflammation and prevent cancer cell growth (1, 2).
And we all know about antioxidants.
Specifically, Butterfly Pea contains the antioxidants Kaemphferol, p-Coumaric acid, and Delphinidin-3,5-glucoside, which are known to cause cell death in cancer cells and protect against disease (3, 4, 5).
It is also associated with improved skin elasticity, skin hydration, and improved health of hair follicles.
Butterfly Pea is the featured ingredient of Tielka's Cerulean Calm, which is coming soon to Tielka!
Cerulean Calm is a beautiful blend of single-origin green tea, lavender and butterfly pea.
It is the perfect tea to start your workday with a clear and calm mind. Green tea will provide you with clarity of mind, lavender will calm any niggling anxiety, and butterfly pea will add beauty to the moment.
The Blue Colour-Changing Tea Obsession that will Blow Your Mind
by Rebecca Domorev March 23, 2023 2 min read
Does self-care sometimes feel a little one-dimensional to you?
Do you feel like the fun has become a little lost over the years?
We've been told that self-care is essential for our happiness, but the quintessential face-mask-cucumber-eyes/insert-self-care-activity-here solution often isn’t enough to get us invested.
It's not that self-care doesn’t work. We just may have misplaced an important piece of the self-care puzzle.
by Rebecca Domorev March 17, 2023 2 min read
Do you like your tea to be deliciously fresh?
Are you tired of stale, tasteless tea?
You may be damaging your beautiful tea without even realising it.
These simple changes will ensure you get the best brew from your leaves.
by Rebecca Domorev March 03, 2023 3 min read
Are you tired of feeling left out while all your friends indulge in all sorts of delicious eating and drinking while you're fasting?
Do you watch the clock fastidiously until your next feed, wishing the hours away?
Well, we've got good news for you!
Those feed-less hours full of hunger pangs need not be so painful.
Once again, tea is here to save the day!
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