Egyptian Blue Lotus
Blue Lotus is said to induce a state of euphoria, promote relaxation, and improve circulation, making it a potent aphrodisiac. Blue Lotus in smaller doses is a nervine and relaxant helping to relax and calm the nervous system. It is also an amazing antispasmodic herb; helping to relax tight and tense muscles, allowing energy and vitality to flow more fluidly throughout the body.
The energetics of the flower are bitter and cooling in nature, reducing inflammation and calming a taxed nervous system. We work with Blue Lotus primarily as an aid in meditation, a calming agent to counteract the effects of stress and anxiety, and as a relaxant.
Hailing from the Nymphaeaceae (Water-Lily) family, Blue Lotus is a water lily growing wild in ponds and other bodies of water emerging from the primordial waters to bloom once a year for only three days. The flowers of Blue Lotus are highly valued for their exquisite beauty, intoxicating aroma, and their euphoria inducing effects. Perhaps the most sacred and revered plant in Ancient Egypt, Blue Lotus was used extensively in medicine, magic, ritual, and celebration. Blue Lotus is said to connect one to the Divine, inducing higher states of being and consciousness.
Fossils of this plant have been dated back to the Jurassic period, about 160 million years ago. Amazingly, the fossils suggest that the blue lotus has not changed much. In Asia and Africa, the blue lotus symbolized immortality in recognition of the plant's ability to survive and resprout after long droughts, and the seed's ability to remain viable for many years. The Ancient Egyptians used the blue lotus as a symbol of the origin of life. The blue lotus had a wide variety of uses and meanings to various cultures. They were used for artistic purposes, for symbols, to make bread, to make perfume, to make medicine and for funerary purposes. The blue lotus has had a profound impact on human society, and human civilization, including: the Ancient Egyptians, the Chinese, the Japanese, the people of India, the Buddhists, the Greeks and numerous other cultures around the world.
In the Spring when bears come out of hibernation, they eat osha to clear the phlegm out of their lungs from the many months of hibernation, and also to stimulate digestion and boost energy. Also known as bear medicine, osha grows on mountains above 9,000 feet. The root is sacred to the Native Americans who used it for ceremonial purposes and to treat many health ailments.