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Blue Lotus Petals (Nelumbo Nucifera)

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Hand-picked from a single pond on a small farm in Nepal, these WHOLE Blue Lotus flower petals are one-hundred percent organic. The sacred lotus was once thought to be a water-lily, but is now recognized to be a highly modified eudicot in its own family Nelumbonaceae of the order Proteales. Sacred lotus flower (Nelumbo nucifera) has become etched in folklore because of a fabulous people who supposedly occupied the north coast of Africa and lived on the lotus. The sacred lotus flower was smoked by Ulysses' crew upon coming ashore after years at sea.

The lotus is one of the world's most celebrated flowers. From antiquity to the present, it is quite pervasive in the arts, religion, and folklore. The term lotus is applied in general to several species of plants. About 100 lotus species are found in temperate regions of Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. The pink- and purple-colored variety widely used in religion is Nelumbo nucifera. Scriptures tell us that it first bloomed with the creation of the universe, and has since captivated humanity.

Some say that the lotus came to India by way of Egypt. Later, Buddhism borrowed the flower from Hinduism. In Buddhist art traditions, whenever Buddha is shown delivering an important sermon, he is shown sitting on a lotus. Purity, delicateness and beauty are named in Buddhist scriptures as the attributes of the lotus.

According to yogic and tantric traditions, there are seven lotus wheels in the human body. The object of meditation in tantric Buddhism, the lotus has also been extensively used in the shrines, art, architecture, and sculpture of the Jains. The Ionic order of architecture of the ancient Greeks is an offshoot of other architectural forms from the same area and period, which also made use of the lotus as their base.

An edible species, Nelumbo nucifera's seeds are roasted to make puffs. The plant's rhizomes are a source of lotus meal which is rich in complex carbohydrate. Indeed, the lotus' American cousin, Nelumbo pentapetala, was an important source of food for the American Indians. A number of wild animals consume it, and fish find refuge in its underwater stalks.

Sacred lotus contains lotusine, demethyl coclaurine, neferine, and nuciferine.

This product is not intended or sold for ingestion by humans or animals. It is sold only for use as an incense or for smoking. WARNING: Smoking anything, including herbal products of any kind, is harmful to the body.


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