Back in 2008, my student brought me a gift from Thailand — a box with bright blue dried flowers and ordered me to drink every day. At home, I poured hot water over the dried flowers and went about my business while the drink was being brewed.
After 15 minutes, there was no limit to my surprise. The decoction in the teapot turned a bright blue color. Delight was replaced by doubt — whether it is worth drinking this azure drink at all. And I went in search of information about the miracle tea.
Blue tea. History of the drink.
Clitoris trifoliate, anchan, moth pea, Thai blue tea, azure tea — the names of the same tea, which is made from the flowers of the climbing plant Clitoris, which grows in the north of Thailand. The petals of the flowers are painted in a rich blue color.
Since ancient times, Thais have collected blue flowers from ever-green lianas, dried and brewed. They believed that blue tea cleanses the soul and compared the azure flowers to the wings of moths, the flapping of which drives away the moping and bad luck from a person.
In Vietnam, blue tea is also valued, however, as in other Asian countries. Among the Vietnamese, there is a popular belief that blue tea has a beneficial effect on vision, and some claim that after drinking the drink, the pupils of the eyes acquire a light bluish hue. This is called ” eyes that glow with happiness.” (My eyes are not blue, apparently I didn’t drink enough… )
In India, the flowers of the clitoris are considered an indispensable tool in Ayurveda. I have seen this from personal experience. While studying in Rishikesh, I met a doctor of Ayurveda (a traditional system of Indian medicine, one of the varieties of alternative medicine ), and he told me about the beneficial properties of the Clitoris triplet.
Brief summary: useful properties of blue tea.
The complex of substances contained in blue tea helps to improve vision, expand and purify the blood vessels of the eyes. The drink is useful for glaucoma and cataracts. It has a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system of the body . Trace elements and minerals (iron and manganese) contribute to the expansion of blood vessels, improve their elasticity and permeability. Blue tea is useful for improving memory and Alzheimer’s disease due to the high content of phosphorus and manganese in the composition. Helps you relax and calm down . Natural antidepressant (cobalamin) helps to reduce the effect of stress on the body, prevent depression. Increases the elasticity of the skin, contains substances that slow down the aging of cells.
Trace elements and vitamins in the composition of blue tea.
Iron has a beneficial effect on the circulatory system of the body, helps to enrich the blood with oxygen, promotes the strength of the structure of nails and hair; Manganese helps the absorption of iron in the body, participates in the process of cell construction; Phosphorus — is found in large quantities in tea, is useful for tooth enamel and bone tissue. Improves the metabolism and production of proteins and carbohydrates. Participates in the transmission of nerve impulses.
B vitamins.
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) normalizes the work of the gastrointestinal tract, has a beneficial effect on the activity of the nervous system; Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is important for the normal functioning of the cardiovascular system, for visual acuity and normal metabolism; Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is a natural antidepressant, tones and protects the body from stress.
Fat-soluble vitamins + vitamin C.
Vitamin K slows down the aging process; Vitamins E and C are antioxidants that strengthen the immune system, protect the body from the effects of free radicals at the cellular level, and reduce the risk of cancer.
How to brew blue Thai tea.
Tableware: glass or porcelain teapot, clear glasses or mugs. Water temperature: no higher than 85 degrees Water: “soft”, filtered.
Step 1. Boil the water.
Step 2. After boiling, pour water from the kettle into the teapot and back again several times to warm up the brewing utensils and lower the water temperature.
Step 3. Leave the hot water in the teapot for 5 minutes. Pour the water back into the kettle.
Step 4. Fill 1 teaspoon of dried blue tea flowers with 500 ml of water (calculate the proportion you need) and close the lid.
Step 5. The drink should be infused for 5-10 minutes. The longer the tea is brewed — the more saturated the color of the infusion will be.
Life hack: Add a slice of lemon or lime to your blue tea. The drink will take on a purple hue.
Useful tips: you can brew blue tea 2 times; if the production of tea does not violate the technological stages, then the buds brewed in boiling water will remain intact and will not break up into fragments;