Blue Lotus Flower – Nymphaea caerulea
Name: Blue Lotus
Botanical Classifications: Nymphaea Caerulea
Properties: apomorphine, nuciferine, antioxidants: flavonoids, quercetin, kaempferol, myricetin
Nymphaea caerulea, commonly referred to as blue lotus, or sacred blue lily of the Nile, is a water lily that is native to northern and central Africa. Blue lotus was once abundant in the Nile Delta but is now considered endangered in this region. While it still grows in parts of Egypt and Southeast Asia, it has naturalized throughout eastern Australia, the Pacific Islands, Argentina and parts of Brazil.
It has a long history of use in traditional medicine and spiritual practices. Blue Lotus flower’s usage can be traced back to ancient Egypt when it was believed mythologically, culturally, and medicinally to aid sexual health and vitality.
Blue lotus is a tropical water lily that produces star shaped blue flowers that grow up to 6” in diameter. Flowers often bloom from July- September and they open each morning and close at night fall. Its leaves float on the surface of the water and its roots grow in the muddy bottoms of ponds and rivers. The plant produces small, nut-like fruits that contain the seeds from which the plant can be propagated. Blue lotus requires a warm environment with plenty of sunshine!
This water lily has been studied for its chemical compounds, specifically apomorphine and nuciferine.
Traditional and Historical Uses:
Blue lotus has a long history of adoration and respect throughout many parts of the world. In traditional medicine and spiritual practices in ancient Egypt. It was also used in religious ceremonies and was believed to have a divine or spiritual significance.
Within Egyptian culture, blue lotus represented connections to the sun god, Ra and the god of the underworld, Osiris. The flowers have been commonly represented throughout art and architecture in this region and hold great symbolism. For example, when the tomb of King Tut was opened in 1922, his body was found to be covered with blue lotus petals. This flower was also a symbol of rebirth due to its growing conditions. Blue lotus flowers have been used as aromatherapy in Egypt, as well as to make a blue lotus wine.
Blue lotus can be prepared and consumed in several ways, including as a tea, tincture, or smoke. The most common method of preparation is to steep the dried petals in hot water to create a tea. The tea can be consumed alone or mixed with other herbs or natural sweeteners.
You can buy Blue Lotus as dried flower, buds, powder, and extract. Its usage depends on its purchased form.
Known health precautions:
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Blue lotus is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, as there is not enough research on the effects of blue lotus on fetal development or infant health.
Some individuals may experience side effects such as dizziness, nausea, or headaches when consuming blue lotus. Blue lotus may also interact with certain medications, such as sedatives or antidepressants. It is important to consult with a healthcare provider before using blue lotus if you are taking any medications.
We do not ship Blue Lotus, Wild Dagga, or Kanna to Louisiana.