Aside from my morning coffee, I love having an herbal drink in the mornings. It hydrates the body, but also replenishes, nourishes and stimulates with a healthy boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and nutrients. If what you’re looking for is pure energy in the mornings, I would highly recommend looking into nettles. It strengthens your adrenals and gives you so much “I’ve got this” energy! But what inspired this Sunrise Tea recipe, was a very special herb that not only gives your body a boost in the morning – but also gives you the feeling of blue skies and high vibes!!
Butterfly Pea Flower
(Clitoria ternatea) The blue color comes from anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid with antioxidant activity, really good at mopping up free radicals. Anthocyanins are what give that rich blue, purple and red color in plants, fruit, and vegetables – like blueberries, pomegranates, grapes, beans… and butterfly pea flowers – all highly antioxidant foods! Butterfly Pea Flower has been used to support brain functions. It’s been found to have nootropic benefits, which enhance memory, cognitive thinking, mood, depression, and anxiety. A lot of people are becoming more interested in “smart enhancing” nootropics – to help them work better, with more focus and mental wellbeing. Interestingly, studies trying to isolate and test individual components for this effect are limited – it seems that the components that create the brain-boosting benefits work synergistically. Which means using a butterfly pea flower in its whole form. It also has anti-inflammatory properties – helping the body in the way it responds to stress. And when we look at the skin – so many of the issues that we’re seeing stem from some sort of inflammation. Butterfly pea flower is an incredible tonic to drink (and use topically) for skin, hair and eyes! This Sunrise tea blend is such a fun way to start the day, with its brilliant blue color that feels like a sunny day! Drink in the morning to give yourself a boost of protection, enhancement, and resilience so that you can go reach for the skies!
Ingredients: 1 part butterfly pea flower 2 part dried ginger 1 part dried lemon peel * You can either buy dried ginger and lemon peel or dry it yourself at home. Thinly slice fresh ginger and peel a couple of fresh lemons – and lay them flat in your dehydrator and dehydrate until dry. I’ve never tried drying them in the oven, but it may work in a very low setting. Store your tea blend in an airtight jar.