Nymphaea caerulea | Blue Lotus: Flower of the AncientsJames Archer
Nymphaea caerulea, also known as Blue Lotus is a water lily that originally came from the banks of the river Nile. In ancient times it was prized for its beauty, symbolism and for its consciousness altering effects.
Blue Lotus has been used medicinally and during rituals dating back to the civilization of Ancient Egypt. This extraordinary plant was deeply symbolic to the Egyptians who linked it to the rising and the setting of the sun, and therefore to the sun god and the story of creation. When the Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened, archaeologists discovered that Blue Lotus flowers had been scattered over his body. Initially, it was thought that these flowers were purely symbolic, however there is a growing body of research that is pointing towards the Egyptians using Nymphaea caerulea to induce ecstatic states, euphoria and visions.
Nymphaea caerulea contains the alkaloids apomorphine and nuciferine. Traditionally, the flowers were soaked in wine for a couple of days or steeped in alcohol for up to three weeks whereby the alcohol amplified the properties of the flowers. There is evidence to suggest that Blue Lotus has been effectively used to relieve pain, increase memory, increase circulation, promote sexual desire and create a feeling of euphoria and ecstasy.
The properties of Nymphaea caerulea also lend themselves to a number of health products such as moisturizers and creams to reduce oily skin. The oil derived from the Blue Lotus flower is used to make perfumes and in aromatherapy as a calmant. The health benefits associated with Nymphaea caerulea are numerous and wide-ranging.
At Waking Herbs we are truly grateful to be able to access and share this incredible plant with our customers. We are also excited to be able to offer products from a range of other lotus flowers. Currently available are whole flowers, stamens and extracts of both Red Lotus (Nymphaea pubescens) and White Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)
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