Potted flowers and plants

Clitoria ternate (Clitoria ternatea)


The scientific name of this flower - "clitoria" - comes from the word "clitoris" (clitoris - lat.). This name was invented by the Swedish botanist and naturalist Karl Linney, who saw in the flower of a plant the similarity with the above-mentioned female organ. We will tell you more about this unique healing plant.

Botanical characteristics of Clitoria

There is another scientific name - clitoria ternary. This is an evergreen vine, characterized by the presence of long thin shoots, reaching a length of 3-4 meters. The color of its leaves is bright green, and they usually consist of 3-5 individual leaves. The size of the flowers also does not differ in small sizes - about 5-8 cm in diameter. The flower is formed by several petals, and in the middle of it are several small petals, which are usually closed in the shape of a boat. Flowers of clitoria are ternate, as a rule, blue. The drink, which is made from it, has the same unusual shade.

The pollination of this plant is carried out by insects that can penetrate into the middle petals, extracting pollen there. Clitoria blooms from May to September, that is, the entire summer period. The fruits of the plant are beans, having a slightly flat shape, 3-15 cm long.

Plant distribution area

The clitoria flower is originally from Southeast Asia, but its growing area is quite wide - Africa, Central America, South America, Australia. This plant does not survive at temperatures below 10 ºC. In this regard, in areas with a temperate climate, it can be grown indoors. In addition, it can be grown in the summer, as an annual plant.

The flowers, seeds and leaves of this plant are used to prepare medicines. The collection of this plant is usually at the end of the monsoon season.

Clitoria flower tea is very useful.

Chemical composition of the plant

The chemical composition of this medicinal plant has not been studied enough. However, it is known that it includes triterpene compounds (taraxerone), steroids, flavonoids, anthocyanin compounds (ternatins), glycosides (quercetin), biopesticide (finotin), saponins, carbohydrates and many other substances that are good for health. The plant also contains fatty acids - stearic, palmitic, linoleic and oleic.

Medicinal properties

Flower extracts of clitoria have an active pharmacological action - antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, diuretic, anesthetic, insecticidal, antipyretic.

Numerous experiments carried out on animals have shown that the plant also has a nootropic, antidepressant, anti-stress, anticonvulsant and anxiolytic effect. The properties of the clitoria flower do not end there.

Recent scientific studies of this plant have shown that some biologically active peptides included in the chemical composition of this plant have an effective antibacterial effect against such harmful bacteria as P. Aeruginosa, E. coli, and also K.pneumonia. These peptides have great potential to create completely new antibiotics, antimicrobial and anti-cancer drugs.

Blue tea from clitoria

The beneficial properties of the clitoria are not yet used for the production of medicines, but it is widely used for the production of so-called blue tea. This tea really has a bluish color, hence the name. The hue is due to the color of the clitoria petals. They are dried together with the leaves in special environmentally friendly conditions, after which they become an excellent and very useful drink, which is recommended even by medical specialists for the complex treatment of a wide range of diseases. Blue tea from clitoria flowers is popular in eastern countries.

Traditionally, this plant has been used to treat diseases of the genital sphere - both female and male. Effectively treats clitoria, infertility, premenstrual syndrome, relieve menstrual pain in women. In addition, the plant is often used as an aphrodisiac, while reducing sexual desire.

Extracts from the roots of this plant are used in the treatment of lung diseases, as well as a means to help improve memory, relieve chronic fatigue, as well as in the fight against chronic insomnia and anxiety states.

In Indian practice, the roots of the clitoris trifoliate are used as a laxative, diuretic, tonic, anthelmintic. In India, it is believed that the roots of this plant help to cure diseases such as leprosy, migraine, asthma, tuberculosis, bronchitis, etc., and its seeds are very strong laxatives.

Blue tea in Thailand is used for the treatment of various ailments.

Beverage application

Since the properties of the clitoria have a very wide range of medicinal effects on the body, it can be divided into groups according to the scope of such effects:

  1. Treatment of disorders associated with brain activity. The extracts of this plant normalize the state of memory, and are also widely used in the treatment of brain diseases, such as disorders of cerebral circulation, etc.
  2. Medicinal properties of clitoria have a positive effect on the human nervous system. Relieves stress, strengthens nerve fibers, helps in the fight against depressive states, neuroses, panic attacks, etc.
  3. During some scientific studies of the properties of this plant, it was found that the roots of the clitoris contain special substances that can be used as strong antidepressants in the treatment of numerous disorders of the human mental state.
  4. Reducing cholesterol levels in the blood. The leaves and flowers of the tripartite clitoria contain substances that effectively inhibit triglycerides, as well as total cholesterol.
  5. Therapeutic effects on the digestive system. Extracts of clitoria ternate very effective in the treatment of constipation of various etiologies. They act as a laxative and cure ulcers. In addition, the clitoris triad is widely used as a popular diuretic.
  6. Prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. Extracts of this medicinal plant reduce the level of sugar in human blood, and also have a beneficial effect on glucose metabolism in the body. If you apply this plant in combination with Sudanese rose, then this action will be especially effective.
  7. Treatment of multiple respiratory diseases. The largest number of active therapeutic substances is concentrated in the roots of the clitoral triad, therefore, in the treatment of diseases of the lungs and respiratory tract, powder prepared directly from the roots of this plant is used. It is used in the treatment of such ills as whooping cough, asthma, tuberculosis, bronchitis, laryngitis, tracheitis, etc. The broth from the roots of the clitoria can gargle, which is effective in infectious diseases of the pharynx and oral cavity.

What else is a plant capable of?

In general terms, we can say that this plant has a wide therapeutic orientation.

Extracts of clitoria are ternate:

- regulate the blood system, clean the blood vessels and promote energy,

- serve as an antidote for bites of poisonous snakes or insects,

- effectively clean open wounds, which prevents their infection and the formation of purulent inflammation,

- effectively treat diseases of the female and male genitalia, such as violations of the menstrual cycle, infertility, inflammatory diseases of the appendages, etc.

- increase sexual desire, acting as an effective means to increase desire and arousal,

- to increase the motility of sperm, which is effective in the treatment of male infertility,

- used as a drug to reduce puffiness, as well as for the treatment of eye diseases.

Extracts of clitoria ternate have extremely positive effects on the human body, without any negative effects, so blue tea is shown to absolutely everyone and has no contraindications.

Cooking method

Several flowers of clitoria or 2-3 teaspoons of the herb of this plant are brewed in a glass of boiling water, where it is allowed to add a little honey or sugar. This tea is served as a health drink that improves body tone, improves eyesight, prevents hair loss, and effectively calms the nervous system, normalizing the emotional background.

The infusion has a beautiful blue-blue tint, and if you add a little lemon juice to it, the color of the drink will turn pinkish-purple.

In medicine

The triad clitoris is not a pharmacopoeial plant and is not used in official medicine. However, it is known that the chemical composition of the plant contains substances that have a strong stimulating effect. Thanks to them, tripartite clitoria is used in informal medical practices as an antidepressant. Also in places where plants grow, folk healers treat pertussis with clitoria root extract, and infusions and decoctions - various infections of the upper respiratory tract.

Contraindications and side effects

The triad clitoris is not toxic, therefore, contraindications to the intake are mainly only individual intolerance to the components, allergic reactions, pregnancy, lactation and childhood.

In cooking

The trio clitoris has long been eaten in Southeast Asia, most often in Thailand. The intense blue color of the tripartite clitoria allows it to be used as a food coloring. They tint the most favorite delicacy of Thais - sticky rice. The plant is used as a seasoning, and the flowers are even fried in batter. In addition, clitoria is a tea substitute. This healing drink is drunk by adding lime juice to the infusion - this gives it a beautiful blue-violet color and increases the acidity of the drink. Blue tea (in Thai it is called "anchang") is used as a means of stimulating the brain, a remedy for insomnia, and at the same time a sedative.

In Burmese and Thai cuisine, flowers are also dipped in batter and fried.

The fruits of the clitoris are trifoliate edible, they are consumed in Asian countries in the same way as other legumes: they are added to soups, side dishes, main dishes.

In gardening

The trifoliate clitoris is rather unpretentious and differs in viability. It grows rapidly, blooms within 6 weeks after germination. Refers to the ampelous plants. The clitoris can be grown both as a houseplant and as a garden plant (usually it is decorated with verandas). For the necessary shaping, the clitoris are pinned at an early stage of development. For climbing specimens need support. In the spring it is desirable to cut the plant.

The trifoliate clitoria is damaged at temperatures below 10ºC, so in regions with a temperate climate it can be grown either as an annual plant, or by moving in containers.

The ideal soil for the clitoria is loamy, nutritious, loose soil with neutral acidity, good drainage and moderate temperature. The plant is light-requiring and in the absence of the necessary lighting will not bloom. Clitoria loves moisture and needs regular watering, better defended soft water. However, the plant must be protected from the bay. Also, the plant is recommended to spray with warm water as a prevention of spider mites.

Clitoria is propagated by seeds. Before sowing in spring, it is recommended to soak them in warm water for about 10-12 hours, then sow the seeds in loose soil. Shoots should appear one to two weeks after planting.

Botanical characteristics

Clitoria (Clitoria ternatea) is a garden herbaceous plant belonging to the legume family. Its homeland is the tropical part of North America and Southeast Asia. Lentil and soy are considered to be relatives of the culture.

Like all tropical plants, the clitoris triad does not hibernate in temperate latitudes in open ground. It is grown only at home, in greenhouses, closed gardens. In the open field it is used as an annual. Pretty thermophilic, does not like low temperatures.

The most common ornamental plant forms:

  • Blue Sails - terry flowers, purple flower color,
  • Legend - represents value as a medicinal and decorative culture,
  • Ultra Marine - flowers usual, color dark blue.

Clitoria triad on photo:

In length, the plant reaches up to 3.5 meters. Most varieties are creepers with lying and climbing stems. You can find varieties with double flowers.

Brief description of the clitoria:

  • flowering period: from the beginning of July until the end of August,
  • reproduction: seeds or cuttings,
  • lighting is bright, partial shade is allowed,
  • watering - regular,
  • stem roots, oval-shaped leaves, bright green color, pinnate, trifoliate,
  • pedicels are placed in the upper part of the corolla,
  • oars and boats form a ridge
  • flowers are large, single, mostly white, blue and pink in color, they reach up to 5 cm in diameter,
  • moth-type corolla
  • features - does not overwinter in open ground,
  • the fruit is flat beans that reach a length of 5-13 cm,
  • top dressing - complex mineral fertilizers,
  • temperature condition - does not tolerate temperatures below 10 degrees.

How to grow a plant at home?

For growing preferably sunny and warm places. If the clitoris is at home, then the south side is chosen - balconies, window sills. Watering needs regular, because the plant loves moisture. It is recommended for this purpose to use warm and settled water. Despite its moisture-loving, you can not pour the soil.

For clitoria, structured and nutritious soils with a neutral reaction are selected. A soil mixture, which is formed from peat, sod land, humus and sand, taking into account proportions of 2: 1: 1: 1, will also be suitable. To avoid excessive waterlogging, good drainage is necessary. Fertilizing is carried out periodically, during the development period fertilizers are applied once every two weeks.

When grown at home, every spring requires re-planting in a larger pot and pruning. In the warm season in the home contents, it is preferable to put a container with a flower on the balcony. The abundance of fresh air for the plant will be useful.

In general, the flower is quite viable and unpretentious. It grows quickly, branches well and blooms intensely. To give the clitoris the desired shape, it is necessary to carry out periodic pinching and trimming.

In some cases, it is possible to stimulate branching by twisting the main stem - side shoots will soon appear. For climbing branches need support. In winter, when indoor growing requires additional lighting.

Clitoria is resistant to various diseases. In some cases, it may be affected by ticks. Periodically, the plant should be inspected for timely detection and disposal of the pest. If a tick is detected, it is necessary to spray insecticides, which can be bought in specialized stores. Breeding is necessary in accordance with the recommendations indicated on the package.

Methods of reproduction and landing

Clitoria propagated by cuttings and seeds. The latter are sown in February-March, since the seedlings develop better with increasing daylight. This applies to both seedlings and for closed ground. Cuttings are desirable for breeding cut in April-July. For their rooting will require wet perlite or peat tablets.

Seeds are pre-soaked in water or a special stimulator for several hours. The solution should be warm.

Next, pour in a shallow box with a mixture of sand, leaf soil, peat, in a ratio of 1: 1: 1, or placed in peat tablets. Sowing is carried out in pre-loosened soil. Capacity can be covered with glass - in this case, it must be removed every day for ventilation and humidification. You can buy clitoria seeds immediately before sowing.

Approximately in two weeks the first shoots are seen. After full leaflets appear, they dive into pots. The optimum landing temperature is 21-24 degrees. Under comfortable conditions, flowering plants can be expected from the middle of summer.

Clitoria in folk medicine

The plant is used in folk medicine for the treatment of various diseases. In India, it is officially used in Ayurvedic practice.

Ancestors used to treat pertussis root extract. The substances contained in the roots, are used as antidepressants. They have a powerful stimulating effect and relieve nervous tension. Clitoria is used to improve memory and to stimulate blood circulation. Broths help with colds, diseases of the upper respiratory tract. It also helps to cope with chronic fatigue and insomnia.

The composition of the plant has not been studied thoroughly. Only certain compounds are known, glycosides, flavonoids, steroids. The presence of stearic, linoleic, oleic, and palmitic acids is also determined. Установлено наличие дубильных веществ, натуральных антиоксидантов и пептидов.

При намерениях использовать клиторию в оздоровительных целях необходимо учесть некоторые ограничения. It is not recommended to use with a tendency to allergic reactions, hypersensitivity and hypotension. The absolute contraindication is lactation, pregnancy, child age.

"Blue tea" is a drink that is brewed from the flowers and leaves of clitoria. The name received for the characteristic blue color, which is formed during brewing. It is used as an additive to nutrition.

The product is considered effective against insomnia, with emotional stress and anxiety. In the process of receiving reduces appetite. Therefore, the drink will be useful to people who want to lose those extra pounds.

Tea from flowers is recommended to be used not only to normalize blood circulation, but also to strengthen blood vessels and reduce blood sugar. Some drink was used in violation of the menstrual cycle. When receiving observed increased sperm motility.

Manufacturers claim that tea:

  • strengthens the nervous system
  • improves the state of microflora,
  • strengthens blood vessels
  • normalizes blood circulation
  • relieves nervous tension
  • acts as an aphrodisiac.

Brewed tea according to the standard scheme - 5 flowers are placed in a cup and 200 ml of boiling water is poured, infused for 3-5 minutes, filtered. It is recommended to limit to 2-3 cups per day. Course admission is 2 weeks.

Tea is presented under different trade names. You can buy products on the website. Approximate cost of one package is 350-450 rubles.


Clitoria is used in cosmetology. It has a healing effect on the scalp and hair structure. With plant extracts, masks, balms, shampoos, and cream are produced.

You can make broths and oils for the face and body. Home cosmetics well nourishes, moisturizes the skin, prevents hair loss.

Growing and caring for the clitoris

This plant attracts the special attention of lovers of exotic plants. And if there is a desire to grow such a wondrous creation of nature at home, then it is worth a closer acquaintance with its features.

The trio clitoris loves heat and large amounts of light. Therefore, it prefers to grow in the most lighted place in the room. It should be the south side.

If the flower does not have enough lighting, then there is nothing to wait for either buds or flowering. But despite the insane love of heat, this plant does not tolerate direct sunlight. Therefore, on very sunny days of the triad clitoris, a small shadow cover is necessary. I would like to note that in summer this plant lives perfectly in the open field.

As for the temperature regime, Clitoria Ternatea is madly in love with heat. The most suitable temperature for it ranges from twenty to twenty-five degrees. In order for the plant to not die in winter, the temperature in the room should not be less than ten degrees heat. And the most suitable option for the preservation of plant life is from twelve to fifteen degrees with a plus sign.

If clitoria grew all summer on the site, then for the winter, of course, it is necessary to dig it up and store it in a heated room, observing the necessary temperature regime especially for it.

Another "whim" of this plant: it does not, anywhere, and never tolerates drafts. Therefore, choosing a place for a flower, even in the house, even in open ground, it is necessary to provide for this feature of the plant.

“Pigeon wings”, as the English call this flower, is demanding of the land in which it grows. The following requirements are imposed on soil: it must be structured and rich in nutrients.

Peat, turf, sand, humus - all these components, put together and well mixed, become a wonderful one hundred percent soil for this plant. It should be, in the preparation of suitable soil, to stick to proportions: peat is two parts, and river sand, turf and humus - one by one.

When choosing a flower bed for this flower, it is necessary to remember that there must be a hole in the pot to drain out excess water from the garden. Too wet soil can easily lead to plant disease. Water the flower must be settled water at room temperature. In the spring and summer to feed the plant with water should be regularly. But for watering a small amount of water is used. In winter, watering is minimal.

Specially increase the humidity is not worth it. But sometimes you can spray. It is like water procedures for clitoria and at the same time carried out prevention of midges and bugs.

In time spent dressing gives the plant strength for growth and flowering. Therefore, to feed such a flower once every fourteen days is a must. Such a schedule for the feeding of mineral feed in the form of mineral fertilizers is carried out throughout the spring and summer.

Pruning perennial plants is carried out in the spring. It is then that the flower is transplanted into a larger vessel. It is possible to grow a whole shrub from this creeper. In this case, pinning is used. Resorted to pinching young seedlings. This is necessary to further adjust the shape of the shrub.

Propagation of the clitoria

Clitoria is propagated either by seeds or by means of cuttings.

If you want to plant this plant, using cuttings, then for this you need to work in the preparation of cuttings, from April until July. The plant takes roots easily and quickly. For planting cuttings it is necessary to have nutrient soil, sand. Here may be useful pills from peat. Definitely, wet perlite or golden-yellow vermiculite plates will be suitable for such a landing. To accelerate the growth of the roots of the cutting can, if you use special preparations.

The clitoris (this is another name for this flower) can also be grown from seed. Sowing seeds begins in February or early March. Seeds before planting should be soaked. This procedure is best done using a thermos. To do this, they pour a little warm water into it and put seeds in it. In a sealed thermos, the seeds lie in water for ten to fifteen hours.

There is another way of soaking seeds, more simplified in time. For soaking the seeds, a solution is used to stimulate plant growth for three or four hours. After soaking the seeds (using any of the methods described), the wet seeds are planted in small flowerpots or another suitable container for this purpose, which is filled with nutritious, loose soil.

The basis of the planting soil is in equal parts peat, river sand and leaf earth. Can be used for planting seeds of peat tablets. Glass is laid on top.

For normal seed growth in the room where they are located, a stable positive temperature in the range of twenty-one to twenty-four degrees must be maintained. Mandatory airing is required. During this time, watering the seeds is carried out sporadically.

With properly maintained recommendations for planting seeds, the first shoots will begin to break through the ground in ten to twenty days. But do not be very worried if the seeds linger and do not proklyutsya within the specified time. This may well happen.

It happens that the seeds begin to make their way to sunlight after some four or five months. So you just need to be patient, wait and believe that the seeds do germinate. Strengthened seedlings are sparking, and only after that they are transplanted into separate pots. And they should be transplanted into the open land only when the last even frosts of the spring have passed, and a truly warm weather has been established.

In order for the plant to feel comfortable, it is necessary to ensure good regular feeding, high-quality moisture and strong support. Then, in gratitude, the triad clitoris will delight people with its lush blue flowers. Liana blooms in July. And you can admire this color right up to the approaching first autumn frosts.

With the onset of autumn, the flower must be transplanted into a large flower pot. This is followed by pruning. After that, the vine remains until the onset of spring in the room. Many grow this flower as an annual plant.

The healing properties of the flower

Medicinal properties of this flower have attracted and attract the attention of modern medicine. And today it is well known that moth peas are used (and this is another name of the clitoria) both in cosmetics and in medicinal preparations.

  • If a man suffers from infertility, or there is a certain problem with libido, then drugs that include clitoria come to the rescue.
  • It is used in violation of the menstrual cycle in women.
  • Clitoria has very strong antidepressant properties.
  • The flower has amazing blood purification properties and also strengthens the nervous system.
  • Powder from the root of this plant is treated whooping cough.
  • Preparations from this flower contribute to the removal of attacks in bronchial asthma.
  • From snake bites, apply the root of the plant.
  • Broth clitoris washed purulent wounds. After these washes, the wounds of the body heal faster.
  • To cure hemorrhoids, a special paste is used in modern medicine, which includes extracts from the flower of the clitoria.
  • If there are problems with the intestines. They constantly remind about themselves constipation, now peptic ulcer disease, then the seeds of this flower will ease the condition and help.
  • Tea from moth pea buds helps with some eye diseases. For example, improves the condition of the fundus. Eye drops are made of it. Glaucoma and cataracts are treated with these drops.
  • Broths of flowers are used when restoring the vital activity of hair follicles.
  • From these flowers make shampoos with a therapeutic effect.

And blue tea helps to relax the nervous system, helps relieve stress. This drink can be drunk both hot and cold. To prepare such a drink, you must have no more than six flowers. They are brewed with one glass of boiling water.

In such a drink, if desired, you can add a little honey or sugar. You can add lemon to taste. Although the taste of tea will be the same, but the color of citric acid will change. This tea from the amazing clitoris flower can be drunk two or even three times a day.

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Care and reproduction

Clitoria is a light-loving plant, so in the garden it’s worth choosing the sunniest place to plant. If the flower needs to be placed in an apartment, then you need to choose southern window sills and terraces. Watering requires abundant, periodically you can spray the foliage with warm water. It is imperative to ensure good drainage, as the clitoria does not like stagnant water. When planting the soil is better to prepare independently, for this you need to mix river sand, humus and sod land in equal parts and add two parts of peat. When the growing season comes, it is advisable to feed the plant twice a month, for example, feeding for flowering plants.

Clitoria ternatea can be propagated by cuttings and seed methods. The cuttings are cut between April and July, after which they are rooted in moist pearlite, vermiculite, or peat tablets. At the same time seeds can be sowed in early spring - late February or March. Plants must grow in a growing daylight.

Methods of propagation of the clitoris are ternate:

Sowing seeds is a more labor-intensive process, as opposed to graft reproduction. First, seeds should be soaked in a growth stimulator for about 3 hours, after which they should be planted in peat tablets or in a special mixture, which consists of equal parts of leafy soil, peat and river sand. Sown seeds need access fresh air and sufficient watering, the air temperature should not fall below 20 degrees Celsius.

If the care of the crops was correct, then the seedlings will appear in 10 days, as soon as they get stronger - you can dive and transplant into separate containers. When the frosts finally recede, you can plant clitoria in open ground. With regular watering and fertilizing in July, the plant will begin to bloom. Flowering clitoria continues until autumn.

Clitoria ternatea grown as an annual, and as a perennial plant, for which, at the first cold, it is transplanted into a large pot and cleaned in a warm place. In early spring, the overwintered plant can be planted again in open ground.

In general, the clitoria is viable and unpretentious, and also grows relatively quickly. Clitoria is used as an ampelous plant to decorate terraces and verandas. To give the flower its shape, it is necessary to pinch it at early stages of development, in addition, it is necessary to provide it with support.

Application in cosmetology

Anthocyanin, which is contained in the extract and decoction of the plant has a positive effect on the microcirculation of the skin, stimulates the nutrition and blood supply to the hair folliclestherefore, the clitoris is used for:

  • prevent hair loss,
  • dry hair supply
  • restore dry tips.

In addition, the nutrients that are part of the extract of the plant, prevent dandruff, moisturize the scalp, and also give brightness and shine to the hair. From Clitoria ternatea produce medicated shampoos and balms.

Use in traditional medicine

Broth flowers clitoria is used to relieve stress. In Asia, the plant is popular for solving such a problem.as male infertility, as well as the clitoria, is used to normalize the menstrual cycle in women and enhance sexual arousal. The roots are used to treat bites of poisonous snakes and insects, as well as respiratory diseases: bronchial asthma, whooping cough and strong cough.

Clitoria seeds are used to treat ulcers of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as for constipation. A paste from the whole plant helps in the treatment of hemorrhoids.

Broth from different parts of the plant is used for nervous disorders, mental illness, chronic fatigue, as well as to improve memory and against headaches. To improve the blood circulation of the fundus, the retinal power supply uses a decoction of flowers, which has a beautiful bright blue color, for which it was called blue tea.

Fresh leaves of the plant, sprinkled with salt, can be used against puffiness, and dry ground foliage will help to overcome migraines. For indigestion, dried clitoria roots are used.

Application in modern medicine

Numerous scientific studies have shown that clitoria has antioxidant properties, promotes cell repair. Blue tea is useful for improving brain function, enhancing brain activity. Leaf extract is used as a neuroprotector. Biologically active peptides that are part of the clitoria help to fight caries, and active protein is an effective antifungal agent.

Clitoria lowers blood sugar levels, due to the special effect on glucose metabolism in the body. Scientists have proventhat the use of decoctions and extracts of clitoria along with Sudan rose significantly reduces the risk of diabetes mellitus type 2.

Cooking Application

The trio clitoris is actively eaten in its historic homeland - Southeast Asia. Thai people who have known this plant since ancient times use it as food coloring, for example, to make bright blue glutinous rice. In addition, the flowers of the plant in Burma and Thailand are rolled in batter and fried.

Clitoria is also used to make tea "anchang" as it is called Thais. The tea from the flowers of clitoria, triad, acquires a beautiful rich blue color, and when adding lime juice it becomes slightly violet. This tea in Thailand is used as a sedative, a remedy for insomnia and at the same time as a stimulant of the brain. Asian cuisine also includes dishes using clitoria fruits - these can be both soups and side dishes.

Thus, Clitoria Tertea is not only a decorative flower, but also a plant that has incredible medicinal and cosmetological properties. In addition, Clitoria Tertea has found its use in the cooking of the peoples of Asia.

Tea with an intimate name

There are many names in the clitoris of the trifoliate - moth peas, blue Thai tea, pigeon wings, and even a shameless flower. In online stores, this plant is most often called anchan.

The Latin name of the flower is ternatea, after the name of the island in Indonesia, where it was first discovered this treasure. The island is called Ternate. But why exactly clitoria? This is a question for the physician and naturalist Karl Lynne. The famous Swede decided that the boat in a cup of a flower resembles a female intimate organ, and named a flower after it.

Clitoria is not just a tea or a medicinal plant. It is also a garden plant of amazing beauty. It grows in tropical Asia, but ardent gardeners manage to grow blue tea and in Russian latitudes - a little later we will tell you how to do this. Anchana looks like a graceful vine with neat leaves and blue flowers, sails.

Nerve rescue

The main advantage of the clitoria is its soothing properties. Сегодня заполучить сушеные корни растения довольно сложно, если вы не выращиваете анчан в своем огороде. Но даже отвар синего чая обладает заметными полезными свойствами, если его правильно заваривать.

Чем полезен синий тайский чай:

  • успокаивает нервы и помогает при нарушениях сна,
  • relieves anxiety and allows you to quickly deal with stress,
  • improves memory
  • has a beneficial effect on women's health,
  • increases sexual desire
  • strengthens blood vessels, including the eye.

Drinking klitoria is beneficial to all office workers for eye health, along with proven tools such as carrots and blueberries.

Broth leaves clitoria also helps with diseases of the reproductive system. In women, it normalizes the menstrual cycle, in men, it increases the activity of sperm.

Are there any contraindications?

Clitoria is not an official medicinal plant and is not included in the state pharmacopoeia. No toxic substances were found in its composition - so you can use it without fear for your health.

But there is one nuance: Blue Thai tea has a strong diuretic effect. Nutritionists do not advise drinking this tea every day, otherwise your body will lose valuable micro and macro elements along with the liquid.

Blue tea for weight loss - a myth or the truth?

Every overseas product seems to us a treasure trove full of wonders. After all, he does not look like familiar products - he certainly has special properties. This “dissimilarity” of the anchana spawned a popular myth about Thai tea - supposedly it helps to lose weight.

Tea masters love to joke: “Of course, tea helps to lose weight. Make a cup of mate or pu-erh, run five kilometers, come back and drink. It helps a lot! ” The blue drink from the clitoria acts in much the same way.

Sapphire tea alone will not help to lose those extra pounds. It does not burn fat and does not have a laxative effect. You can lose weight only due to diuretic properties. But these grams will come back to you very quickly - already with the next glass of water, juice or any other drink.

Clitoria triad in cosmetology

Do you know why grandmothers sometimes dye their hair purple? Blue dyes and tinting shampoos help to remove the yellowish tint, which over the years becomes gray.

Therefore, the blue broth clitoria is very popular in cosmetology - for hair care. Rinsing with tea returns hair shine, struggling with loss and eliminate yellowness on blond hair. Blue tea treatments are especially popular with blondes: they give a light ash tint to the curls.

But if you decide to do a course of caring procedures at home, be careful. If blue tea is useful for hair, it is not very good for plumbing and light textiles. Therefore, use dark towels and immediately rinse the bath, otherwise it will be difficult to clean the blue tint.

Where to buy blue tea?

If you or your friends are going on vacation to Thailand, it is easier and cheaper to buy anchan there. But there is one nuance.

Local producers want to save at any cost, and instead of packing blue flowers, you can get a pack of ordinary grass with a few dried buds. It is good if you dreamed of trying out on yourself the beneficial properties of the leaves of the clitoria ternate. But you will have to forget about exotic tea parties: there will be only enough flowers for a couple of cups.

There is a second way - to order Anchan in tea online stores or search in proven boutiques. In the Internet shops 100 grams of dried flowers of clitoria will cost an average of 600 rubles. But you should not be afraid of such prices: Anchan is an economical drink. On one cup enough 4-5 dried buds.

How to make tea?

The recipe for making blue tea is quite simple. It should be brewed with slightly cooled boiling water, about 95 ° C - like green tea. Fall asleep inflorescences in a mug, fill with water, and immediately drain. Then again fill with water and leave to infuse for 2-3 minutes.

It is best to prepare herbal tea in transparent glass mugs - so you can fully enjoy the fabulous color of Anchan. And this drink is great to surprise guests. But get ready: you will probably get some tea at home, try it.

The classic color of the drink - from pale blue to bright blue, depends on the strength of the brew. If you add milk, you get a deep milky blue hue. You can put a lemon slice - then the drink will acquire a bright purple color.

What do the reviews say?

Today, blue tea is one of the most fashionable herbal drinks. There are a lot of reviews on the Web about him, and they all talk about one thing. To understand whether you personally like the Anchane, you need to test it.

“I bought blue tea for a sample in my favorite tea boutique, only 10 grams. It turned out that it was a lot - she drank for three weeks, and also rinsed her hair. I liked the drink, but only because I love herbal teas. His taste is inexpressive, I did not notice any special effects. But the color is very beautiful! ”

“I am a tea fan, I love experimenting with different drinks. I ordered tea in a Thai online store - to immediately from the manufacturer. To be honest, the drink disappointed. I love unusual tastes, but this one smells like some weird grass, and there is nothing special about the taste. ”

“Thai tea was given to me by a friend. I had read reviews about its soothing properties and decided to drink in the course of 21 days. She didn’t notice a special taste, as if the water was just blue. But the effect noticed: I became much calmer, I began to fall asleep faster and sleep. ”

How to grow triad clitoria at home

If you are a committed gardener or live in a country house, you can grow moth peas on your own plot. You can not make tea from it, but you will get a plant of amazing view. Imagine - you are sitting on the veranda, admiring the blue flowers of the clitoria, and in your hands - a mug of blue tea ... Beauty!

Propagated clitoria trifoliate cuttings and seeds. It is very easy to find seeds: in a large garden store or via the Internet.

Butterfly pea is a heat-loving plant; at a temperature below 10 ° C it will die. Therefore, it should be grown either in a greenhouse or as an annual - the clitoria blooms quickly and does not fall off until September.

Seedlings are prepared as follows. Before planting, seeds should be soaked in water or a simulator solution for 3-4 hours, and then placed in peat tablets or in an equal mixture of peat, river sand and leaf earth. Ten days later shoots appear, when they get stronger, can be planted in pots. And when it gets warmer thoroughly, plant it in the ground.

Pigeon wings love freedom, sun and moisture. Provide a lot of space for the flower, water it regularly (but do not fill it!), Install collections. Clitoria is a vine, it branches well and blooms profusely. Such a flower can decorate a terrace, a veranda, and a loggia on the sunny side.

Growing and breeding

The clitoris triad needs good lighting, you can even accustom it to direct sunlight. So, it’s better to choose southern windows, warm balconies and terraces or sunny places if growing is carried out in open ground conditions. The clitoris growing in the apartment can be brought out into the garden in the summer. The abundance of fresh air will only benefit her. The culture needs regular watering, for which it is recommended to use well-settled soft water. However, moisture should be treated with caution. Air humidity is of particular importance for the plant, but sometimes it will not be superfluous to sprinkle it with warm water as a prophylactic against spider mite. The triad clitoris grows well on nutrient-rich structured soils. You can use a soil mixture consisting of peat, river sand, humus and sod land (proportion 2: 1: 1: 1). It is important that the substrate is well drained to avoid waterlogging. The clitoria is responsive to top dressing, which is recommended to be applied throughout the entire growing season, twice a month as fertilizer for flowering plants. If it is grown as a perennial, in the spring pruning and transfer to a larger pot is carried out.

Clitoria is propagated by trifoliate by seed or cuttings. The cuttings, cut from April to July, are normally rooted in peat tablets, wet perlite and vermiculite. Seeds are recommended to be sown in February - March. It is important that the plants develop with a growing daylight. Before sowing, clitoria seeds are soaked in water or stimulator solution for 3–4 hours, then sown in a mixture of peat, river sand and leaf soil (1: 1: 1) or in peat tablets. Sowing tanks should be kept in a warm place (about 20 ° C), and it should be remembered that the substrate is moistened and ventilated. Shoots appear after about 10 days. When they get stronger, they dive into separate pots. In the open ground, the seedlings of the clitoria are planted only after the end of the return frosts. She needs to be supported, regularly moistened and fed. If the plant likes everything, flowering begins in mid-summer. Liana is covered with expressive bright blue flowers that will decorate the garden until autumn. Before the onset of cold weather, the clitoris can be dug, placed in a pot, cut and moved to the room where it will survive the winter. Some gardeners grow this plant as an annual.

Clitoria ternate (Clitoria ternatea) © Bff

Use in medicine

The chemical composition and pharmacological properties of clitoria make it possible to widely use it in medicine. So, the trifoliate clitoria was traditionally used for the treatment of sexual ailments. The extract from the roots of this plant is used for whooping cough. In India, for example, the roots of the clitoris are tertiary for migraine, leprosy, bronchitis, asthma, pulmonary tuberculosis, fever, and many other diseases that are considered useful. In folk medicine, the plant is used as a means to improve memory and blood circulation of the brain, for the treatment of insomnia and in chronic fatigue, as a laxative, diuretic, anthelmintic. The positive effect of kliterium on the brain was confirmed by scientists when conducting animal experiments. Research has shown that clitoris ternate also has a positive effect on the human nervous system, it strengthens the nerves and enhances brain function. In the tripartite clitoria, especially in its roots, substances have been found that have a strong stimulating effect and can be used as antidepressants, for the treatment of mental disorders, as well as for relieving stress. The extract of this plant can reduce cholesterol. Herb clitoria is effective in treating constipation. It acts as a laxative and treats ulcers. And clitoria lowers blood sugar levels. Well, and then fiction follows in general, as they say, believe it or not:

  • Clitoria grass has the ability to regulate the circulatory system, cleanses the blood in the body and gives new energy to the body,
  • extract from the roots of clitoria serves as an antidote to the bites of poisonous insects and even cobra,
    decoction of the plant clitoria trifoliate cleans wounds, it also prevents the formation of pus in the affected organ,
  • Clitoria is effective in treating female genital disorders, such as infertility, menstrual disorders, etc.,
  • besides, clitoria flowers serve as a sex enhancer or aphrodisiac,
  • Clitoria's herb has medicinal value in the treatment of male infertility: it increases sperm motility and increases their reproductive performance.

Clitoria Flower Tea

No less useful is the so-called "blue tea" from the flowers of clitoria. As a health drink, you can drink it hot and cold all day. This tea cleans the blood vessels of the eyes, improves eyesight, prevents glaucoma, cataracts, cleans the blood. It prevents hair loss and the appearance of gray hair, soothes the nervous system, improves memory, helps to relax and relieve stress and anxiety, is a natural antioxidant. Preparation: 5-6 flowers brew a glass of boiling water, add honey or sugar to taste. Take 2-3 times a day. The infusion has a very beautiful blue color, and if you add lime or lemon to it, the color changes to purple-pink.