The blue lotus flower (Nymphaea caerulea) is also known as blue water lily or Egyptian lotus. This aquatic plant grows on the edges of lakes and rivers. The ancient Egyptians considered the water lily a sacred plant because it has a calming effect, but can also induce a heightened state of consciousness.
The god of the blue water lily was Nefertem. He offered the flower as an offering to the sun god Ra to ease the pain of his old body. The Egyptians appreciated the pleasant smell of the plant, as well as its healing properties. There are many images of women holding the flower and inhaling the divine fragrance. Today it is believed that the plant was also used as a recreational drug by soaking it in wine.
Blue lotus has both an anesthetic and a euphoric effect, and is slightly hallucinogenic in a higher dose. The flower is also said to increase sexual arousal and have a potency-enhancing effect.
Its effects combine very well with wine, highlighting the social and euphoric aspect. Some users also report a pleasant feeling of warmth around the head and upper body and a dream-like feeling – as if life itself is a waking dream.
This herb can be deeply relaxing for the mind and body. Its calming properties make it great for meditation and yoga practice. It gives a mild sense of calm and euphoria, along with an altered sense of consciousness.
How to use:
- To make blue lotus tea, 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.
- Do not use too much: Blue lotus makes the wine bitter and difficult to drink.
- The herb can also be vaporized with a vaporizer. Use 0.25-0.5 g and evaporate at 100 °C to 125 °C degrees. The aporphine alkaloid evaporates at 125 degrees Celsius.