Nymphaea Caerulea (Blue Lotus or Sacred Blue Lily of the Nile) was the most sacred plant of Ancient Egypt, prized above all others. Nymphaea Caerulea was worshipped as a visionary plant and was a symbol for the origins of life. It was frequently depicted in works of art, where it is most often shown in party and other social scenes, and sometimes in scenes of sexual debauchery. The flowers were noted for their delightful perfume, suggestive of the sweat of Ra; ‘A divine essence, for bringing euphoria, heightened awareness and tranquility’. The Blue Lily was also a symbol of creation, and was according to legend the first object to emerge from oceanic chaos. Though exceedingly rare in the wild today it is thought to have been widespread across Ancient Egypt, where its psychoactive properties were apparently well known.
The plant is not grown commercially; all flowers must be wildcrafted from private property with the permission of the landowners which will not be forthcoming without the required government permits. These flowers are ethically wildcrafted in South Africa by a team led by a Botanist with a Master’s degree in Plant Protection from the University of California at Davis.
There is a tremendous amount of labor involved in the process of harvesting. It takes 10 kilograms of fresh flowers to end up with 1 kilogram of dried material and the flowers have to be hand harvested using boats. One person controls the boat while the other person gathers the flowers. A boatload is only 1 kilogram of flowers by the time it is dried. The flowers have to be spread out in the shade in a way that no flower touches another for even drying so as to retain the color, potency and scent. Finally they are crushed for compact shipping.
Blue Lotus Factsheet
Blue Lotus General Information
Called “Viagra” of the Pharoahs, Blue Lotus was used by ancient Egyptians to enhance the sex drive. Egyptians medicinal practitioners also used this flower to stimulate blood flow, and as an anti aging treatment. The ancients worshipped Blue Lotus as a visionary plant and it was the symbol for the origins of life. When this flower was soaked in water or wine, and then ingested it acted as an intoxicant. The Indians and Buddhist highly respected it for its visionary properties. This flower creates a feeling of well being, euphoria and ecstasy.
Blue Lotus Uses & Scientific Evidence
Recent biochemical studies have shown a flavonoid in Blue Lotus that is similar to Ginkgo. It can be used by men and women as an aphrodisiac and as a general remedy for all illness. Blue Lotus is a pain reliever, it stimulates circulation, relieves muscle spasms, and enhances the sex drive. It is possible that Blue Lotus could be effective in treating AlzheimerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s disease, migraine, and tinnitus.
Blue Lotus Dosage Information
The standard dosage of Blue Lotus tincture is 6-10 drops in juice, water, or under the tongue 2 times per day.
Blue Lotus Safety & Interaction Information
There are no known safety issues or interactions associated with Blue Lotus when taken in the recommended doses. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.