Yerba Mate and Butterfly Pea Flower Infusion
Ilex paraguariensis; Clitoria ternatea
One gives a caffeine kick, the other yields a blue colour - they’re different for sure, but these two get along like two butterfly peas in a pod!
Where do we get it?
Lush purchases herbs and flowers from multiple suppliers who source them from different countries around the world depending on species, season and availability. They must comply with Lush's buying policy which encourages growers to move away from the use of hazardous pesticides. Periodic, case-by-case spot checks are also performed to detect pesticide residues on the ingredients entering our factories.
What are the benefits of this infusion?
- Yerba mate is full of caffeine which gives the skin an energy boost.
- Butterfly pea flowers bring colour to products by releasing their natural blue pigments into the mix.
Yerba mate is a popular beverage in South and Central America. It is prepared by infusing in hot water the leaves of the Ilex paraguariensis, a tree of the holly family native to Paraguay. It has been consumed by the indigenous peoples of this country long before European colonisation.
Butterfly pea is a creeping vine of the Fabaceae family that produces edible peas and flowers. It grows profusely in many regions of the Asian continent and can improve soil quality by fixing nitrogen. Its beautiful flowers are used in food, Ayurvedic medicine and puja rituals. In addition, their blue colour helps tint desserts, drinks and fabrics.