Also known as
Nymphaea Caerulea, Sacred water lotus, Blue Lotus Lotus, Sacred Lotus, Sacred Water Lily.
The Sacred water lotus has been used in the Orient as a medicinal herb for well over 1,500 years, and is also an important religious, artistic, and folklore icon. It was brought to India from Egypt, where it was associated with the sun: the lotus, like the sun, opened in the morning and closed at night. All of parts of the plant may be used.
Beginning with 2 teaspoons or 4 grams in tea is recommended but higher doses are not unheard of, especially when mixed with wine. Blue lotus flowers have also been smoked with a reported calming effect. Blue lotus is most effective as a tool to relax when stressed, anxious, or generally unwell. It combines well with stimulants, taking off the edge, and is perhaps better suited for this purpose than as a recreational tool, although it certainly has a history of being used as such.
Lotusine, demethyl coclaurine, neferin, and nuciferine.
Flower petals, flower stamens, pods, and leaves.
The flower petals and leaves are typically made into a tea or decoction for internal and external use. They may also be used as a garnish, smoked, floated in soups, and the fresh petals are used as a wrap in Asia. It is also said that the petals steeped in wine or tea have a calming effect.
Lotuses have long been held sacred by Buddhists, Hindus, and Egyptians, whom all believe that Lotus flowers bring prosperity, fertility, and allow the inner being to bloom. Lotus flowers have long been revered by cultures all around the world, and has been used extensively in folklore, religion, literature, shrines, art, architecture, and sculpture.
None known. This herb is considered relatively safe for long-term use, with no known negative side-effects.
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