On the left is the Blue Butterfly on its own, on the right is it with lemon juice added to adjust the PH.
Welcome to my first blog post. I will use this blog mainly to feature a different tea every week to help people learn about the magic of natural remedies. First, I’d like to provide a bit of basic information about tea.
All tea comes from one plant: The Camellia Sinensis plant which is in the evergreen species. Different teas are a result of different types of processing, for example white and green teas undergo far less processing than black tea. Any teas that don’t come from this plant are considered infusions, but as they are most commonly referred to as herbal tea, so that is the term I will use mostly for this blog.
Teas come in a few different forms, most commonly in teabags followed by loose leaf. Until I started working at Tundra Transfer I mostly drank tea from teabags, and only drank it once in awhile. When I started working at Tundra Transfer they had 61 different types of loose leaf tea’s (and infusions;) since at that point my body did not agree well with coffee I got very interested in these very fast and started trying them. After trying a few of our loose-leaf teas, I lost complete interest in teabags because the flavors from loose leaf are a whole other world of tea! I grew interested in learning more about them and discovered just how much good it does for health, both everyday wellness and for ailments like pain, depression and sickness. From that point I started making my own custom tea blends, one of which I call my “Happy Tea” and found that by drinking one cup of that a day my outlook has become a lot more positive.
One tea I got a lot of request for is Raspberry leaf because it is very useful for pregnant women, this made me realize that Yellowknife really doesn’t have any source of medicinal teas so I started our Wellness Tea line. Now we have 68 different types of loose leaf teas and 3 different types of Blooming Tea Bombs.
Without further ado, I bring you the first tea feature for this blog.
Blue Butterfly Pea Tea
I’ve picked Blue Butterfly Pea Tea for my first blog post because it is a particularly cool looking tea that not many people in Canada know about. However, in Thailand and Malaysia it is a common beverage, often sweetened with citrus, honey or palm sugar and is often paired with Lemongrass.
Blue Butterfly is a herbal tea, or infusion; It comes from the Clitoria ternatea flower which grows in tropical equatorial Asia (Indonesia and Malaysia), but has been introduced to Africa, Australia and America.
Some health benefits of Blue Butterfly Tea include memory enhancing, anti-stress, antidepressant, anticonvulsant, tranquilizing, reduces blurry vision, reduces hair loss and sedative properties, it is also said to increase fertility.
Despite its neon blue color that is more reminiscent of candy than tea, its has a very earthy vegetal sweet pea flavor, I like to drink it with just a tiny bit of raw sugar. It’s defiantly a different flavor than most Canadians are used to, but I really enjoy it.
One of the best attributes of this tea is its beautiful blue color, the longer you steep it the deeper blue it goes, and if you adjust the PH level by, for example adding lemon juice it turns purple.
That wraps up my first blog post, please feel free to comment with any questions about this tea or tea in general. Look for my tea posts every Tuesday! Next week will feature one of our Blooming Tea Bombs.
My name is Lily, I am the store supervisor at Tundra Transfer Ltd. I love my job because it gives me a great excuse to learn more about a topic I have a lot of personal interest in - tea. I have always enjoyed tea, growing up green tea was the only caffeinated beverage I was ever allowed to drink and from that start my interest has grown. Since my employment at Tundra Transfer I have made it part of my job to be a knowledgeable source of information on teas and started a line of Wellness teas- A fantastic line of natural herbal remedies for all kinds of ailments. A big function of this blog will be featuring different types of teas and the medicinal benefits you can get from them.
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