Blue lotus (nymphaea caerulea) is a plant native to Egypt, which is why it’s also known as the Egyptian water lily. Its flower has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments and health conditions throughout history, as well as for recreational purposes. Namely, this plant can relieve pain, enhance memory, increasing circulation, experience feelings of euphoria and ecstasy, and can work as a sexual aphrodisiac.
The flower works as an aphrodisiac in both men and women, while it’s properties of painkiller are helpful in treating muscle spasms, migraines, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). The blue lotus can be smoked, which is especially beneficial for eliminating migraine headaches, since they usually accompany nausea. Even though it is reported to be “not as strong as codeine”, it is effective in remedying migraines, menstrual cramps, and various moderate pains.
Anxiety and Stress Reliever
Thanks to the nuciferan (a natural anti-spasmodic) and the aporphine is contains, blue lotus is a natural anti-anxiety and stress reliever. It is also reported to be a good aphrodisiac and a remedy for erectile dysfunction (which might explain the ancient nude party scenes). Furthermore, it is used in treating gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea and dyspepsia and aid in sleep.
A Natural Sedative
It can be used as a sedative thanks to the small amounts of alkaloids it contains, which are highly similar to those used for sedation and anti-convulsant purposes.
How to Take Blue Lotus?
You should boil 1 or 2 cups of water, then add 5 grams of dried blue lotus petals and bulb and steep for about 20 minutes. Drink the beverage and you’ll start to feel it in about 30 minutes. You could add more petals, maybe 5 to 10 grams more, if you want to feel extra relaxed.
Modern day Egyptians stil use a tonic made from 6-12 drops or up to 1 table spoon of Blue Lotus extract mixed with juice. According to them, it is a tonic richer than ginseng, a pain reliever richer than arnica, circulation stimulant richer than ginkgo biloba, and a sexual stimulant similar to Viagra.