The Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) is a blue water lily. The blue lotus flower is also known as the Egyptian lotus. This plant grows on the edges of lakes and rivers. This aquatic plant is found in the Nile area as well as in South Africa and China. The ancient Egyptians regarded the water lily as a sacred plant† The blue and white lotuses were the most important ritual plants of ancient Egypt. The flowers were worn in the hair of the living and the dead and were an important element in Egyptian art.
Nefertem, the god of the blue water lily, offered the flower as an offering to the sun god Ra to ease the pain of his old body. The pleasant smell of the plant was much appreciated, but the healing properties were also special. There are many images of women holding the flower and taking in the scent of the blue water lily. Today it is believed that the plant was also used as a recreational drug by soaking it in wine (= let it permeate with a liquid).
The Blue Lotus is a tasty relaxant† The effects are subtle and balanced. The Blue Lotus also has an anesthetic effect, which significantly reduces stress and anxiety! Stress has an effect on the stomach. Blue Lotus calms these feelings, reducing stomach/intestinal ailments.
The leaves of the Blue Lotus also lower blood sugar levels. People who regularly eat the raw leaves or make tea or even a tincture from them naturally lower the sugar level in the blood. Blue lotus also reduces cholesterol levels. This does not mean that Blue Lotus helps if you are overweight. It just means that if you're already doing something to lower your cholesterol, you might want to try this plant too.
Blue Lotus also contains vitamin B, which improves mood and general well-being of body and mind. In addition, the L-carotene vitamin stimulates your metabolism, which helps your body process food. Thanks to its positive effects on the immune system, it also helps to relieve infections and rashes.
You can make tea from the Blue Lotus. Then put about 5 grams in hot water. For the traditional Egyptian drink, soak the plant in wine for several hours. Use about 5 grams per bottle. Don't use too much : Blue lotus makes the wine bitter and difficult to drink.
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