Blue Lotus - Flower of Magick, Intuition, Ritual and Relaxation
Blue Lotus smells like something else! It truly is a magical flower, transportative and other wordly. Not to be confused with Indian Sacred Lotus which can be differentiated by using its latin name Nelumbo Nucifera. Egyptian Blue Lotus has the latin name Nymphaea caerulea. Only Egyptian Blue Lotus has the two important psychoactive alkaloids – Aporphine & Nuciferine.
"Blue Lotus is a psychoactive herb. It played an important role in ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures. Though, its power as a sacred, mind-expanding herb seems to have been lost to time. Only recently has Blue Lotus re-emerged, becoming a trusted ally of conscious explorers and active dreamers.
From a botanical perspective, Blue Lotus is a perennial flowering water lily. Part of the Nymphaeaceae family of flowering plants, this sacred herb is thought to have originated along the Nile River in Egypt before it spread to Southeast Asia. Blue Lotus grows a rhizomatous root system that spreads deep into the fertile soil of aquatic environments like ponds, lakes, and river banks. Blue Lotus is also characterized by its broad, round, and green leaves. These are your “lily pads” that you’d imagine seeing a frog sitting on.
However, it is the Blue Lotus flower that has captivated explorers of consciousness over the past 3,000 years. The Blue Lotus flower is a stunning and sublime sight. It’s deep blue and purple petals will hypnotize you. They float around bright yellow stamens and draw you into their otherworldly beauty." - From Dream Time Herbals
"The Blue Lotus flower can be seen depicted in carvings, hieroglyphics, and other artifacts in nearly every ancient temple. In fact, when Tutankhamun’s tomb (yep, that’s King Tut) was opened on November 29, 1922, the archeologists and historians present found actual dried blue lotus flowers and numerous artifacts related to blue lotus preserved with the pharaoh. The very fact that the ruler of the Egyptian people was buried in his sacred tomb with the Blue Lotus flower should give you a sense of just how important it was to the Ancient Egyptians.
In many of the carvings and artifacts depicting Blue Lotus, you will see the sacred flower draped over vessels. This is an indication that Blue Lotus was used (often in conjunction with other psychoactive plants) in the creation of mind-altering wines and elixirs. This goes far beyond soaking Blue Lotus flowers in commercial wine (a common practice today). The ancient Egyptians were master alchemists and used Blue Lotus to create powerful potions used in transformative religious ceremonies." - Dream time Herbals