blue lotus

Blue lotus is a water lily which has ancient Egyptian origin. It is botanically called as Nymphaea caerulea. It is also called blue water lily. The plant has round green leaves and flowers with sky blue or bluish-white petals which are pale yellow at the center.

Uses of Blue lotus

The flowers are used in perfume manufacturing and also in aromatherapy. It also has mild sedative property. Indians consider the petals of the flower as representing the five elements of the earth.

The plants are grown by sowing seeds under water. The plant grows from the soil under water. It can be grown in the house garden also in pits if sufficient water can be stored. Ponds in farmlands can be appropriate for growing the plant in large numbers for commercial purposes.

Like ginseng, blue lotus is also considered as a cure for the general wellbeing of the body and mind.

The flowers are used in salads and the stem is steam cooked and added to dishes with other greens and consumed. The flower is added and cooked along with rice and many other food preparations for its fragrance.

Clinical research?

There are no clinical research based studies available to confirm the nutrient and other properties of the plant. Hence it is advisable to use the plant and its products only in consultation with a medical practitioner. However, in practice, the plant and its flower, leaf, and root are known to be useful ingredients in perfumes and also certain medicines.

Benefits of Blue lotus

blue lotus

In addition to its value in perfumes, blue lotus is believed to provide a number of health benefits. Some of them are:

–    Presence of a natural anti-spasmodic compound called nuciferan together with aporphine, with their sedative properties help to remove anxiety. These compounds with their sedative nature relieve stress and calm down euphoria.

–    The leaves lowers the blood sugar level. Diabetic can balance their blood sugar level by regular consumption of the flower either as leaves, tea or decoction.

–    Herbal tea prepared from the flower reduces stress and removes gastrointestinal disorders. Acid reflux and stomach disorders like gastric ulcers and cramps are also cured.

–    Tea prepared with the leaves of the plant provides relief for fatty liver.  More importantly, it improves the functioning of the liver.

–     Alkaloids present in the flower enhances the fertility levels in both men and women. It addresses the issue of premature ejaculation in men and heavy menstruation in women.

–    By preventing absorption of fat by the system, it helps to lower the cholesterol level which in turn helps the cardiovascular system. Moreover anti-oxidants present in the herb, (lotusine, neferin dimethyl coclaurine and nuciferine) prevents the occurrence of strokes and cardiac arrest.

–    The tea from the flower reduces the body heat, cools down the internal organs of the body and prevents skin disorders due to sun heat.

Benefits due to anti-inflammatory properties

–    Anti-inflammatory properties of the herb relieves general body pain and swelling of any type.

–    Vitamin B present in the flower enhances the vitality of the body and function as a mood enhancer.

–    The paste made from the flowers is used as a moisturizer to protect the skin and to make the skin shine.

–    L-carotene present in the flower boosts the metabolism thereby preventing weight gain.

–    Linoleic acid in the flower improves the immune system and helps in preventing various disorders like diabetes, arthritis and heart ailments.

–    When rubbed on the skin, the leaves cure infection on the skin, with their antibacterial property cures the infection on the skin.

–    Tea of the flowers kills ringworms in the stomach.

–    Oil extracted from the flower increases melanin production on an external application and protects the skin from sun heat and also prevents greying of hair prematurely.

–    The leaf of the plant is astringent. The leaf tea is consumed to cure internal bleeding and oozing of blood through urine.

–    Tea made from the dried leaf is helpful in reducing mucus formation and cold and other sinusitis disorders.

–    Consumption of the parts of the plant in any form relieves chronic pain from the body due to any type of illness, particularly due to arthritis and cancer.

How should you use it?

Leaf, flower or root of the plant can be used separately or in a combination of all. All parts provide the same adaptogenic benefit. Consumption in the form of dry powder, tea, tincture or decoction from fresh or dried parts provides similar remedies. The dry root decoction is more popular in regions where it is much used.

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.