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Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea)

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The Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) is also known as Blue water lily or Egyptian lotus. It is a live water plant growing on the shores of lakes and rivers. In the time of the ancient Egyptians, the plant was considered sacred.

The God of the Blue water lily in ancient Egypt was Nefertem. He offered the lily to the sun god Ra to ease the pain of his ageing body. The Egyptians appreciated the flower not only for its pleasing smell but also for its healing qualities. Many scenes depict women holding the flower, smelling its divine fragrance. Today it is believed that the plant was used as a recreational drug (soaked in wine) as well.

Blue Lotus effects

The effects of the Blue lotus are both narcotic and euphoric, becoming slightly hallucinogenic at higher doses. It is also said that the flower increases sexual arousal and has a potency enhancing effect.

Usage

To make tea, take 5 grams per person and soak in hot water. For a traditional Egyptian drink, soak the flowers in wine for several hours. Use approximately 5 grams per bottle. Do not exceed recommended dosage: Blue lotus makes the wine bitter and hard to drink.

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