The History of Blue Lotus.
I'm sure you all know about the mystic lotus flower that is famous in Buddhism, but are you aware of the water lily called Blue Lotus that was equally important in Ancient Egypt?
Blue Lotus played a unique and important role in Ancient Egyptian culture. The plant was widely popular for its mood enhancing and mild psychedelic properties. Used both recreational and for spiritual effects, they often made a concoction out of Blue Lotus and wine.
This flower has even been placed alongside the deceased in ancient tombs, including King Tut's grave who ruled Egypt, as Pharaoh, for 10 years. The plant is often depicted on walls and paintings as well, often depicted together with wine. The Blue Lotus was even the symbol for the union of Upper and Lower Egypt.
For the Ancient Egyptians, The Blue Lotus represented how the sky greeted the sun. Just as the sun rises above the horizon to start the day, the flower opens in the morning. Then just when the sun is setting, the flower closes itself at dusk. And because of this, the Egyptians coined the Blue Lotus the sacred flower of the sun and sun gods.
Originally, the plant was believed to come from Egypt and other parts of Northern Africa where it grew along the Nile river. Today, the plant is classified as endangered, although it can still be found growing in the wild some areas of the world, including India and parts of Asia. More recently, due to the increased popularity of the Blue Lotus, human cultivation of the plant has seen a rise.
Nowadays, you can take this magical herb in a powder form. Reading on, you will learn more about this exotic herb, its health benefits, appealing effects, and how to take it.
What is Blue Lotus?
The Blue Lotus (Nymphaea Caerulea), not to be confused for the Sacred Lotus, is a psychoactive plant that has been used for thousands of years. The two main active substances in Blue Lotus that are responsible for the flower's appealing effects are, the alkaloids, nuciferine and aporphine.
Nuciferine, which is also found in the Sacred Lotus (not the same flower), is thought to act as a dopamine receptor blocker.
Aporphine is thought to function as a dopamine agonist that activates dopamine receptors, essentially having the opposite effect as nuciferine. This is the compound in Blue Lotus that stimulates a happy, uplifted and euphoric feeling.
Effects of Blue Lotus.
Users describe the effects of Blue Lotus as dreamlike, euphoric and relaxing, while not causing fogginess or drowsiness. Some users report that it invokes feelings of empathy and that it helps them "open up" socially and with emotions. Other users have also reported increased sexual stamina and pleasure.
Do keep in mind that Blue Lotus is not a typical psychedelic. Most psychedelics are quite stimulating whereas Blue Lotus is a great relaxant and doesn't get you "high". Instead, effects are more subtle and well-rounded. The flowers sedative properties come from its natural antispasmodic properties which, in turn, help to alleviate stress and anxiety.
Moreover, the vitamin B present in Blue Lotus goes a long way in improving mood and general wellness of the body and mind. It's a great thing to consider having it with your morning tea. The L-carotene vitamin will also boost your metabolism, the process by which your body converts what you consume into energy.
Our Blue Lotus Extract Powder.
You can find blue lotus in various forms - from oil extracts to powders to dry herbs, there's a way for everybody out there.
At Plena Naturals, our Blue Lotus Extract Powder is a simple, modernization of the ancient ritual. Instead of having to buy the flower and cook it, our powder is ready for you to consume. You can simply add this to your tea to experience its effects. Take about one teaspoon, up to two times a day.
Our extract powder dissolves easily and has a mild, pleasant flavour.
Is Blue Lotus Consumption Safe?
There are no known complications from taking blue lotus, and the plant isn't toxic, but that doesn't mean you should consume it care-free or mix it with other drugs, such as painkillers or even cannabis. We always recommend that you consult your doctor before taking any herb regularly.
Our blend is of extremely high quality and 100% safe for human consumption. Consume it responsibly, like you should alcohol or cannabis.
Possible Side Effects + Warnings.
Due to the relaxing effects of the flower, stimulants such as caffeine or even sugar might cancel out the effect of Blue Lotus. Therefore, it is wise to abstain from other substances to experience blue lotus effects to their full potential.
Blue Lotus can induce tolerance and psychological habituation. Blue Lotus contains actives that work as dopamine agonists. Thus, it is wise to start with a small dose (one teaspoon) and not to use it on a daily basis, in order to prevent habituation and tolerance.
There aren't many side effects known to have a significant health impact, however, because of the ability to decrease blood sugar levels, you'll have to monitor this closely if you have diabetes. Low blood sugar can have serious adverse implications on your health.
This same factor is also a concern when undergoing surgery. If you have a scheduled surgery, make sure to consult your doctor about your blue lotus consumption. We recommend you stop taking it at least two weeks before and after the surgery. Not having the correct amount of sugar in your blood can be quite risky during and after surgery.