Blue Lotus Flowers
Contrary to its name, blue lotus (nymphaea caerulea) is actually a water lily, not a lotus flower. Also known as the blue Egyptian lotus, Egyptian water lily and blue water lily, this flower has been used as a natural medicine since ancient times.
Blue lotus is a discomfort reliever, a sexual aphrodisiac and it even has psychoactive properties. There’s evidence that ancient Egyptians and ancient Mayans used blue lotus. In fact, it was found in King Tut’s tomb and the flower is prominent in ancient Egyptian mythology and artwork.
Blue lotus still grows along the Nile River to this day. It’s also found in Asia. It’s believed it was far more widespread in ancient times, when it grew in the Americas.
Blue lotus flowers are illegal in a few nations, including the UK, Russia, Poland and Latvia. Fortunately, this flower remains legal in the United States.
History & Traditional Use
Blue lotus effects are many and varied. The active chemical in blue lotus is apomorphine, which is widely used by the pharmaceutical industry to treat erectile dysfunction and even Parkinson’s disease. Apomorphine has also been used as an Òoff-labelÓ remedy for opioid addiction withdrawal symptoms too.
Blue lotus is an all-natural pain reliever, which is effective for many different types of discomfort.
Users also favor blue lotus for its abilities to bring about a mild euphoria and a unique, dreamy mental state. Once asleep, vivid dreams are often reported.
Blue lotus is most commonly enjoyed as a tea, which must be steeped for a period of 25 to 30 minutes. It blends well with other teas. The minimum dosage required to bring about effects is five grams, which is approximately two teaspoons. A dosage of 10 grams is considered moderate, while 15+ grams constitutes a heavier dosage.
The time from dosage to the onset of effects is around 20 minutes. The effects usually last around two hours.
The blue lotus flower head and petals can be soaked in alcohol over a span of at least two weeks to make a potent tincture. Many use wine for the tincture, which enhances the blue lily’s sedative effects.
It’s also possible to smoke the blue lotus flower, creating effects that are similar to marijuana, but without the paranoia or anxiety that is common when smoking cannabis. The effects tend to be far more mild when smoked, as many struggle to smoke the five gram minimum that is required to produce effects.
When trying blue lotus, it’s important to start with a conservative dosage. Wait at least 20 minutes after taking the first dosage and if you prefer stronger effects, you may consider an additional dosage. Beware that in large quantities, blue lotus can cause nausea and vomiting.