Blue Lotus 16/02/2023
Blue water lily, also known as Blue Lotus (in Latin Nymphaea caerulea), is a plant of the water lily family (Nymphaeaceae). It originally comes from ancient Egypt, where it was considered a most precious herb, used on various occasions - especially religious rituals. The plant is still shrouded in mysticism today - whether its consumption, a view at its magical flowers, or the fact that the lotus is one of the central symbols of spiritual traditions, opens up the opportunity to glimpse the mystical levels of existence in the individual who comes into contact with this plant.
Blue lotus had an irreplaceable position in ancient Egypt. It accompanied almost all social events and can be found depicted in various artworks from this time period.
It was a symbol of beauty - women commonly wore lotus flowers in their hair. Statues, temples and tombs were decorated with them - lotus petals were even found in the tomb of the famous Tutankhamun.
The plant was also a symbol of mysticism, a connection to the divinity that the original Egyptians worshipped. The water lily was widely consumed in various religious rituals. Because of its psychotropic and entheogenic effects, it served as a reliable means of achieving states of religious ecstasy. The importance of this plant to Egyptian civilization is confirmed by the fact that the lotus is even mentioned in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, one of the most important historical artifacts of this civilization.
It is known that the ancient Egyptians liked to have fun. In particular, members of the upper classes held parties at which there was a kind of intersection between beauty and mysticism - religious orgies were held, which were facilitated by the effects of the Blue lotus, which also acts as an aphrodisiac.
Among other things, the Lotus was also used in local medicine for its ability to relieve pain of all kinds.
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND EFFECTS
It contains high amounts of antioxidants such as phenols, flavonoids, saponins, etc...
...but especially the psychoactive alkaloids nuciferine, apomorphine and aporphine.
These alkaloids cause psychotropic and euphoric effects. After consumption, thought processes slow down, consciousness expands and the perception of the environment and oneself changes. These effects are still used today in various rituals to promote a meditative state of mind. In higher doses, even mild hallucinations may occur.
The plant also acts as a sedative and serves as a means of improving the quality of sleep - promoting faster falling asleep and extending the length of deep sleep. Due to its unique effect on human consciousness, it is also a popular remedy for inducing lucid dreams.
Lotus also has aphrodisiac effects and promotes libido.
Its analgetic effects relieve pain and promote muscle relaxation.
Boil approximately 5 grams of flowers per person for about 10 minutes on low heat.
0.6 - 1 g of the extract can be consumed in any way - put directly into the mouth, dissolve in liquid, or put into a capsule.
0.3 - 0.5 g of the extract can be consumed in any way - put directly into the mouth, dissolved in liquid, put into a capsule, or vaporized.
Apply 10 drops under the tongue, allow to absorb for approximately 30 seconds.
The leaves and extract can also be smoked. The effects are more intense with a shorter duration. It is enough to use approximately half the dose as when preparing the drink.
A popular combination is with cannabis - either CBD or regular THC-containing cannabis. The synergy with CBD promotes relaxation and relaxing effects, with THC the psychoactive properties are intensified.
To promote sleep and relaxation, it is suitable in combination with other relaxing plants such as Passionflower, Kava Kava, Valerian.
Combination with red wine
Lotus with red wine was known to the ancient Egyptians. Their sense of combining beauty and mysticism was probably also found in this combination. This ancient Egyptian drink is prepared with approx. 30g of the plant per 1l of wine. The finer the flowers are ground, the stronger the resulting macerate. Seal the mixture in a container and leave it to infuse in the fridge for at least 24 hours. It can be left like this for up to several days. Again, the longer, the stronger the resulting macerate.