Native to Tropical Asia, Nelumbo Nucifera, or sacred lotus, is the national flower of India and Vietnam. This exquisitely flowering aquatic perennial is commonly cultivated in water gardens and appreciated for its beauty and elegance.
In Egyptian, Hindu, and Buddhist religions, Lotus flowers have long been revered, the belief being that this special flower may bring one prosperity, fertility, purity, and vitality.
Sacred lotus is an excellent addition to tea, providing a sedative & relaxing dose-dependent effect. Beginning with 2 teaspoons or 4 grams in tea is recommended but higher doses are not unheard of, especially when mixed with wine. Sacred lotus flowers have also been smoked with a reported calming effect. Sacred lotus is most effective as a tool to relax when stressed, anxious, or generally unwell. It combines well with stimulants, taking off the edge, and is perhaps better suited for this purpose than as a recreational tool, although it certainly has a history of being used as such.
The sacred narcotic Egyptian sacred lotus is one herb that no ethnobotanist can do without, having such a rich history and unique effects, it is one herb that can be used almost universally, working in harmony with stimulants and complimenting the effects of sedatives. Sacred lotus has been claimed to work as a relaxing aphrodisiac, working especially well for females, and even has been linked to lucid dreams & a manifestation of one’s dreams crossing over into reality.
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oneirogen, anti-anxiety, tonic, antidepressant, anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, aphrodisiac, sedative, nootropic, antipsychotic, anti-diarrheal
reported to contain aporphine, nuciferine, nornuciferine, nupharin, nupharidine, flavonoids, and polyphenols
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