As we recently introduced blue lotus tea into our product collection, we wanted to share its rich history and potential benefits of the Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea).
This ancient flower, revered for centuries, has woven itself into the tapestry of ancient civilidations, captivating minds and adorning the narratives of cultures across time.
A Glimpse into history.
The Blue Lotus, possibly the most common plant depicted in ancient Egyptian artwork, reveals its profound historical significance. Beyond mere symbolism, ancient texts allude to its sacramental use in Egyptian rituals, believed to induce religious visions.
Infact, when the tomb of King Tutankhamun was unveiled in 1922, his body adorned with blue lotus petals showing its sacred role in ancient Egyptian culture.
Sacred to ancient Egyptians, the Blue Lotus served as more than an ornamental flower. Historical evidence suggests its role as an aphrodisiac, sexual enhancer, stimulant, and medicine. Brewed into tea, the petals of the Blue Lotus encapsulate a tradition that spans millennia.
Image: Fragment of a Tomb Painting with Seated Woman Holding a Lotus” (detail), ca. 1539-1425 B.C.E., From the collection of Brooklyn Museum. https://artsandculture.google.com/usergallery/megan-freeman-the-lotus-flower-in-ancient-egyptian-art/SQKyjvz1wuBLLg
Exploring the Compounds Within:
Now, let's unpack some key compounds believed to contribute to the reported effects of blue lotus, ranging from relaxation to potentially inducing lucid dreaming:
Alkaloids: Blue Lotus is said to harbour alkaloids like nuciferine and aporphine, believe to contribute to relaxing and mood-enhancing effects.
Nuciferine: This natural antispasmodic has been studied for its potential impact on dopamine receptors, potentially inducing calming and euphoric sensations.
Aporphine: Another alkaloid in Blue Lotus, aporphine, has drawn interest for its potential influence on the central nervous system, contributing to altered states of consciousness and dream enhancement.
Flavonoids: Blue Lotus may contain flavonoids, antioxidants with potential health benefits, though their specific role in inducing lucid dreams is not well-established.
How to Invite Blue Lotus Into Your Routine:
Interested in incorporating blue lotus into your routine? Here are some ways, keeping in mind the limited data on safety, maximum dosage, and potency:
Tea: Brew blue lotus tea using 3–5 grams of dried flowers in 1–2 cups of hot water. Steep for 5–10 minutes.
Alcoholic Beverage: Some infuse wine or spirits with blue lotus, but due to unknown safety, it's advisable to speak to a healthcare professional before consuming this method.
Massage and Essential Oil: Purchase blue lotus flower massage or essential oil, claimed to be less potent, which can enter the body through the skin or nasal passage.
A Gentle Reminder for Exploration:
As you consider incorporating Blue Lotus into your well-being routine, here are some reminders to caution:
Begin with Lower Doses: Start with lower doses to understand your individual response, as reactions may vary.
Consult a Healthcare Professional: Before embarking on this botanical journey, consult with a healthcare professional, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions or concerns.
Avoid During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: We do not recommend Blue Lotus consumption for pregnant or breastfeeding individuals.
Caution with Driving or Machinery: After consumption, it's advisable to avoid driving or operating heavy machinery, as Blue Lotus may cause drowsiness.
In the realm of dreams and ancient traditions, the Blue Lotus stands as a symbol of spiritual exploration and holistic well-being. As we sip from the cup of history, let's embrace the mysteries and potentials that this enchanting flower unfolds.
Grounded Cup does not make any therapeutic claims this information is for educational purposes only.