Evenings are the most unpredictable part of the day. As soon as the clock hits 4 PM, people start doing all kinds of things. At the same time, we go through all kinds of moods. Most of us get tired from working or studying every day. On the other hand, some people find the energy to follow their passions and let their creative juices flowing. Don’t worry, no matter which one you are, 4 PM Purple Tea is the right beverage to accompany all your evenings.
4 PM Purple Tea is a special creation by Ono Teas. It has beautiful and tarty hibiscus petals along with bright blue butterfly blue pea flowers. These two beautiful ingredients come together to give you the pleasurable evening that you deserve. But it’s not just about pleasure– 4 PM Purple Tea is full of health benefits that might surprise you. So what are the health benefits that you get from this amazing brew? Let’s find out.
Hibiscus Flower Petals
Hibiscus may help with Weight Control
Many of us struggle with weight issues in our daily lives. Including Hibiscus in our drinks such as tea can help in controlling our body weight. Currently, obesity is one of the most underrated medical conditions in our society. It is extremely dangerous and can lead to other diseases including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.
Studies have shown that the extract of the Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) flower can help in weight management by regulating our body’s metabolism. Along with the right exercises, this can help you in maintaining a healthy body.
A study conducted on 36 overweight people had the participants divided into two groups- one was given hibiscus extract and the control group took a placebo. After 12 weeks, the hibiscus extract reduced their body fat, body weight, hip-to-waist ratio, and body mass index.
Another study, done on obese mice, reported a reduction in their body weight after 60 days of regular administration of hibiscus extract. Besides regular exercise and a balanced diet, hibiscus tea can prove essential in managing body weight.
Hibiscus may help control Blood Pressure
Blood pressure can be a very serious problem if ignored. Hypertension can cause severe stroke, and can even be fatal. Preventing such a disastrous condition is crucial to our health. Over time, high blood pressure can weaken the heart, increasing the risk of heart disease.
According to some results shown in a study, hibiscus is shown to reduce both systolic (SBP) and diastolic(DBP) blood pressure. In a study done with 65 people having high blood pressure, the subjects were divided into two groups. The experimental group was given hibiscus tea and the control group was given a placebo.
After 6 weeks, the people who had hibiscus tea showed a significant decrease in their systolic blood pressure, compared to the control group. Therefore hibiscus tea may help in maintaining proper blood pressure naturally, paving the way to a risk-free life.
May give you a Healthy Heart
The importance of monitoring your cholesterol levels is exponentially great. We must be extremely aware of the health choices we make while choosing what we consume in our daily lives. Hibiscus may help in lowering the fat levels in our blood. There is plenty of research on the subject to support this.
By reducing the cholesterol metabolism in our body, a study suggests that Hibiscus has pharmacological properties that may prevent cardiovascular diseases, which minimizes the risk factors, giving us a healthy heart.
In a study, 60 diabetic people were divided into two groups- one was given hibiscus tea and the other one drank black tea. After one month of regular consumption, those who drank hibiscus tea reported decreased levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.
Researchers at PubMed conducted another study with subjects suffering from metabolic syndrome. They administered a daily dose of 100 mg of hibiscus extract to the subjects, for one month. The researchers observed that the extract decreased total cholesterol and increased HDL cholesterol (“good” cholesterol).
Hibiscus can be an Anti-Depressant
Mental health is very serious and we often tend to ignore it. Our fast-paced lives can be stressful, and if we don’t do anything about it, we end up suffering.
Manifestly, those who suffer from a major mental illness need to consult a therapist as their top priority. According to a study, the extract of hibiscus has shown antidepressant-like properties. Also, it did not have any sedative properties, that modern antidepressants usually have.
Hibiscus is Anti-Diabetic
Diabetes is a chronic disease that destroys so many lives every day. The life of a diabetic person can be very troublesome, and therefore a refreshing drink that may relieve some of those problems can help a lot! As per research, the powder of the hibiscus flower can reduce glucose levels and improve lipid profile in our body, therefore it may improve the condition of some diabetic patients.
Hibiscus is also Antipyretic
Fevers and coughs are two of the most common ailments that almost anyone can contract these days. While taking an antibiotic seems like the best solution, but taking medicines regularly is not good for our bodies. We must incorporate healthy food choices into our lifestyles to prevent them from happening in the first place.
According to a study, the Hibiscus flowers have properties shown to help in bronchitis and relieve fevers and coughs. So next time you catch a fever, making a nice beverage containing Hibiscus just might help you get through it.
Hibiscus is Full of Antioxidants
Antioxidants are compounds that are very essential to our bodies. They protect us from the cellular damage caused by free radicals, which often leads to oxidative stress. If not controlled, it paves the way for chronic diseases such as heart conditions, diabetes, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Oxidative stress also contributes to faster ageing.
Hibiscus tea is rich in powerful antioxidants, therefore it helps prevent the damage and diseases that the free radicals can cause. There are many other studies to find more about the antioxidant activity of hibiscus. Scientists in a study used hibiscus extract on rats to examine its antioxidant activity. They observed that the extract increased the number of antioxidant enzymes and reduced the damage caused by free radicals by up to 92%.
Another study conducted on rats delivered similar results. It was found that different parts of the hibiscus plant, such as the leaves, possess potent antioxidant properties. There is still a lot of room for human-based research done on hibiscus.
Hibiscus May Promote Liver Health
Needless to say, the liver is one of the most crucial organs of the human body. It secretes bile juice, excretes waste products, and metabolizes fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Maintaining proper liver health is very important, and studies suggest that hibiscus may help keep it working efficiently.
A study conducted on overweight people revealed that administering hibiscus extract for 12 weeks improved their liver steatosis, a medical term for fatty liver disease. If not treated, the extreme buildup of fat can lead to liver failure.
Another study, conducted on hamsters, revealed that hibiscus extract prevented potential damage-causing markers in the liver. This reduction of liver damage markers indicates the protective nature of the hibiscus flower.
In another study, the administration of hibiscus extract in rats resulted in a 65% increase in the drug-detoxifying enzymes that are present in the liver. Having hibiscus tea regularly could protect your liver against fatty liver disease and detoxify it as well.
May Help Prevent Cancer
Cancer is a leading cause of death. The uncontrollable division of cancer cells can result in tumours and damage to the immune system that can be fatal. The best way to deal with it is to try and prevent it. Hibiscus contains compounds such as polyphenols, that are helpful in the prevention of cancer.
Many lab studies have examined the potential effect of hibiscus extract on cancer cells. In a test-tube study, scientists suggested that hibiscus extract showed the ability to reduce the motility and invasiveness of two different types of cancers.
Another study revealed that hibiscus leaf extract helped prevent the spreading of prostate cancer cells in humans. Hibiscus extract has shown the ability to inhibit the growth of stomach cancer cells by almost 52% in other studies. (1)
Blue Pea Flower
Butterfly Blue Pea Flower Helps with Depression
Blue Pea flower, Ajaparita, or Shankhpushpi finds many references in Ayurveda. People have traditionally used it for improving mood and fighting mental issues. The consumption of this beautiful flower has a plethora of pharmacological benefits. One of them is to help with mental illnesses.
Sources have reported that the blue pea flower may have help in coping with depression. Researchers have stated that it has a wide spectrum of neuropharmacological benefits such as nootropic, anti-depressant, and anti-stress properties.
Instead of relying on heavy chemically produced drugs, one should find a natural way to calm their mind and uplift their mood. One such way is to enjoy this beautiful wonder called blue tea.
Butterfly Blue Pea Flower May Improve Skin Health
A lot of people face skin issues that keep recurring and are very difficult to get rid of. Numerous creams and gels and other sorts of products contain chemicals that harm your skin rather than taking care of it. Dermatologists have suggested that the Butterfly Blue Pea flower is rich in polyphenols, proanthocyanidin, and flavonoids, which stop the harmful effects of free radicals that damage and degrade skin.
Blue Tea made from the flower of the Clitoria Ternatea plant is very beneficial for skin health. This pretty blue flower has the power to make your skin as beautiful as a butterfly! On a serious note, studies have demonstrated that the butterfly pea flower may have antiglycation and antioxidant properties.
This antioxidant property protects you from harmful free radicals that cause the collagen in your skin to break- resulting in unflattering skin blemishes like wrinkling, dark spots, fine lines, and loose, saggy skin. This means that this flower has the potential to be a therapeutic solution for age-related skin issues. Including this flower as a part of your skincare regime would be a wise decision.
As a bonus, apart from skin health, the Blue Pea flower also takes care of your hair, due to the presence of anthocyanin – a compound known to increase blood circulation in the head and therefore maintain a healthy scalp. It also helps in strengthening the hair follicles from within.
Butterfly Blue Pea Flower May Improve Cognitive Function
Known as the “Shanka Pushpi”, the Blue Pea flower comes under the “Medhya” category in Ayurveda. This means that it may enhance neurological health. Our ancestors have passed down this precious knowledge that now helps us in our daily lives.
Studies demonstrated the neuroprotective properties may significantly improve cognitive health on regular consumption. Other studies also support the idea that the Butterfly Pea Flower could help in improving learning capacity and boosting memory.
These neuropharmacological benefits may also suggest that they can help in the prevention of many neurological ailments.
Butterfly Blue Pea Flower is Antiviral
There are many deadly viruses out there such as Ebola and Covid-19. Even though fighting them is not that easy, several other viruses are less deadly (but still harmful) that can be fought against, without any vaccines. Natural means to fight viruses are rare. One such way is to incorporate herbal teas into our lives. Blue Tea is a perfect example.
Blue pea flowers are often used as a colouring agent in many foods. They are also known to change their colour with the addition of different ingredients. Apart from this, one major health benefit of butterfly pea is its antiviral properties. According to a study, the blue pea flower has shown antivirus properties that may help prevent potential attacks from different viruses.
Butterfly Blue Pea Flower is Antipyretic
This traditional medicinal plant bears flowers that might help you with anything! Another amazing health benefit of the blue pea flower is its antipyretic property.
Research shows that just a freshly brewed cup of blue tea can help in reducing fevers drastically. In another study done on albino rats with yeast-induced pyrexia (fever), the methanol extract of Clitoria ternatea was evaluated for its antipyretic potential.
A single extract of around 300 mg/kg (of body weight) produced a significant reduction in normal body temperature and yeast-provoked elevated temperature in a dose-dependent manner. The effect extended up to 5 hours after administration. This flower does so by expanding the blood vessels under the skin to increase the blood flow and your body is cooled down.
The study also suggested that the antipyretic effect of the extract was comparable to that of paracetamol, a standard antipyretic agent.
Blue Pea Flower Contains Very High Amounts of Antioxidants
The extract of Clitoria ternatea L. (the blue pea flower) has undergone a lot of research and has shown a lot of promising health benefits. The most prominent property has to be the antioxidant activity that paves the way for so many benefits.
Studies show that the blue pea flower has been evaluated for antioxidant properties. The reason for most of the benefits is the ample amounts of antioxidants present in this flower – anthocyanin, a potent antioxidant, is the star of the show.
Foods rich in antioxidants are very useful in the prevention of chronic diseases caused by oxidative stress- a condition that is caused by the damage done by free radicals to our cells. This antioxidant is also the main reason behind the skin-nourishing properties of butterfly blue pea. The antioxidants in butterfly pea can rejuvenate the skin by stimulating collagen synthesis and reducing the signs of ageing.
Butterfly Blue Pea Flower is Anti-Inflammatory
Inflammation is a process that our body initiates to protect itself from outside invaders, such as bacteria and viruses. But when the body doesn’t know when to stop, inflammation can have long-term damaging consequences on your body, hence it is essential to include foods that prevent inflammation in your diet.
Research has suggested that butterfly pea contains polyphenols that showed anti-inflammatory properties. Anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting components such as flavonoids, tannins, and polyphenols are the main cause behind their benefits.
Pharmacies could also use these flowers to make medicines. Medicines that protect against chronic inflammation. By suppressing the excessive production of pro-inflammatory mediators, this could be possible. Meaning, it can curb the factors that might cause inflammation.
Butterfly Blue Pea Flower is also Anti-Diabetic
Apart from genetics, your lifestyle choices heavily impact your risk of developing type-2 diabetes. Being overweight or obese makes your cells more resistant to the effects of insulin on your blood sugar.
Diabetes patients always have a hard time finding a beverage they could enjoy. Well, they won’t if they have a blue tea beside them! One cup of this beautiful blue potion taken between meals can prove very useful in maintaining blood sugar levels.
Recent research has revealed that the blue pea flower is reported to have antidiabetic activity. It helps inhibit the intake of glucose from the diet and lower blood sugar.
Enjoying a great-tasting beverage and taking care of your health is something you would want for sure. Although many antidiabetic drugs are available in the market that help prevent diabetes, it is always wise to opt for natural alternatives that do not have any side effects.
Butterfly Blue Pea Flower is Anti-Asthmatic
Asthma is a very common disease with more than 10 million cases per year in India. There is no real cure for it, and living with the constant fear of asthma attacks and relying on pumps or inhalers is not something we would want. One of the natural ways of preventing Asthma is to consume foods having anti-asthmatic properties. For example, you guessed it, the Blue Pea flower.
A lab study evaluated the extract of the Blue Pea plant’s roots. The results demonstrated antiasthmatic activity. This indicates that consumption of blue tea may be beneficial to prevent asthma as well.
It acts as an expectorant and helps in reducing any irritation present in the respiratory organs. For those who have asthma, the extract of these roots may help in suppressing the symptoms.
Butterfly Blue Pea Flower as an Analgesic
There are many natural sources of food that provide analgesic properties – Cloves, Ginger, and essential oils of Rosemary, Peppermint, or Eucalyptus. The blue pea flower is also one of them.
In a recent study, researchers induced writhing in some mice by administrating acetic acid in their blood. Researchers found a significant decrease in the twisting, squirming movements, or contortions of the body after using Butterfly Blue Pea flower extract. Indicating that the ethanol extract of the blue pea plant’s root showed analgesic properties.
We are all tired of trying artificial painkillers filled with chemicals. Try a blue tea made by butterfly pea flower and enjoy a natural and refreshing drink that will soothe your pain and help you relax.
Evenings Made Better
4 PM Purple Tea is the perfect partner for all your evening snacks. Even if you don’t have a snack, it stands out as the star of your evenings. All these health benefits from hibiscus and blue pea flower make it the ideal evening drink.
If you want to try 4 PM Purple Tea, you can order your very own pack right now. Start with a trial pack, or take that leap of faith and get a 30-Day pack.
So, if you liked 4 PM Purple Tea, make sure you try other teas from our Heart Wellness Section. In fact, 3 Paan Sheesha and Full Petal Hibiscus are some of my favourites.