Sanghupushpam as an aphrodisiac: 3 ways to consume blue pea flower for sexual wellness

Butterfly pea flower tea
Butterfly pea flower tea. Photo: Shutterstock/Photoongraphy

In recent years, the butterfly pea flower has gained significant attention for its myriad health benefits, including its potential to enhance sexual wellness. Locally known as Sanghupushpam, this vibrant blue flower, commonly found in Southeast Asia, has been traditionally used in herbal medicine for centuries. 

The striking blue flower, native to tropical Asia, has been used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for its numerous health benefits. The flower is often consumed as a tea, extract, or in supplement form.

Let’s delve into how the butterfly pea flower can contribute to sexual health and overall wellness.

Benefits of butterfly pea flower for sexual wellness

Natural aphrodisiac
Butterfly pea flower is renowned for its aphrodisiac properties. It is believed to enhance libido and sexual desire in both men and women, making it a natural alternative to synthetic aphrodisiacs.

A glass of butterfly pea flower lemonade
A glass of butterfly pea flower lemonade. Photo: Shutterstock/aimful

Hormone balance
The butterfly pea flower supports hormonal balance, which can enhance sexual function and reproductive health. For women, it helps regulate menstrual cycles and alleviate symptoms of PMS and menopause.

Improved blood circulation
Proper blood circulation is crucial for sexual function. Butterfly pea flower contains compounds that improve blood flow, enhancing arousal and sexual performance.

Stress reduction
Stress and anxiety are common culprits of reduced libido. Butterfly pea flower has adaptogenic properties that help reduce stress levels, promote relaxation, and improve mood, contributing to a healthier sex life.

Blue pea tea
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How to use butterfly pea flower for sexual wellness
1. Butterfly pea flower tea
One of the most popular ways to consume butterfly pea flower is by making tea. Simply steep a few dried flowers in hot water for 5-10 minutes. You can add honey or lemon for extra flavour. Drinking this tea regularly can help you reap its sexual wellness benefits.

2. Incorporating into foods
Butterfly pea flowers can also be added to various foods, such as smoothies, desserts, and even savoury dishes. Its vibrant blue colour not only enhances the visual appeal of your dishes but also provides beneficial properties to support sexual health. For instance:
Smoothies: Blend butterfly pea flower with your favourite fruits and yogurt for a delicious and health-boosting smoothie.

Iced butterfly pea latte
Iced butterfly pea latte. Photo: Shutterstock/assakorn Umpornmaha

Desserts: Add butterfly pea flower to cakes, cookies, or ice cream for a unique twist.

Savoury dishes: Use it in rice dishes or salads to add colour and nutrition.

Blue dosa (left). Herbal tea made of butterfly pea. (right). Photo: Instagram/@jyotiz_kitchen

3. Butterfly pea flower extracts and supplements
For a more concentrated form, try butterfly pea flower extracts or supplements, available at health food stores or online. Always follow the recommended dosage on the packaging or consult with a healthcare provider.

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