Blue lotus may often evoke images of spiritualism and relaxation. Many people have found in this plant an ally to connect to their inner spirit, heighten awareness and consciousness, or just to relax after a stressful day. But what is the best way to use blue lotus? Whether you want to use this flower to relax or to lucid dream, follow the hints below will help you if you are wondering how to use blue lotus.
What Is Blue Lotus?
In case you did not know, blue lotus (or Nymphaea caerulea) is not an actual lotus, but a water lily in the Nymphaea genus. More than 3,000 years ago, the blue lotus plant was incredibly popular in Egypt. These Ancient Egyptians really knew how to use blue lotus. During Ancient Egypt, blue lotus was a sacred plant that was often used in ceremonies and rituals. But this plant was also a natural medicine and even an aphrodisiac. Moreover, blue lotus was also associated with the Egyptian deity Nefertem, who was originally born as a blue lotus that emerged from the primal waters. It is very common to find blue lotus in papyrus, carvings, and other artworks from Ancient Egypt —even tombs! However, nowadays it is very difficult to find blue lotus in Egypt, and India and China have become the top exporters of this plant.
The popularity of this flower spread in Greece and Rome, but it faded as Christianity started to grow and gain influence in the Western world. Nevertheless, in Asia, blue lotus remained very popular and also became one of the symbols of Buddhism.
Today, blue lotus is regaining popularity in people looking to reconnect to their inner selves, become more spiritual, or relax.
What does Blue Lotus Do? Blue Lotus Effects
Blue lotus is praised for its relaxing yet euphoric properties. This water lily has become a favorite natural choice for people seeking natural products to:
- Induce euphoria
- Lucid dream
- Enhance their creativity
- Improve their sex life
- Connect to their inner selves
Moreover, blue lotus may also have mild analgesic effects.
If you are wondering about how to use blue lotus, you must consider that this herb has sedative and psychoactive effects. That is, blue lotus may get you high. So please bear this factor in mind before using it.
The effects of blue lotus come from its main active compounds: nuciferine, apomorphine, and aporphine. These alkaloids boost the effects of dopamine, which results in euphoria, anxiety and stress relief or relaxation. Moreover, aporphine and apomorphine also seem to have aphrodisiac effects. However, these three compounds also have psychoactive effects.
But blue lotus also has anti-inflammatory effects, as well as many antioxidant active compounds.
How to Use Blue Lotus
In this section, we will give you some tips on how to use blue lotus. What is the right dosage? How can you take blue lotus? What are the best ways to consume it?
As you know, blue lotus can help you relax, boost your love life, have lucid dreams, or just feel good. But there are some things that you should bear in mind so that you use it both safely and effectively.
Blue Lotus Dosage
What is the right dosage of blue lotus? If you are wondering how to use blue lotus, this is likely one of the first questions that will arise. The recommendable dosage of blue lotus ranges between 5 and 10 grams. However, if you are a new user, it is recommendable that you start with a dose of 5 grams or even lower. Some expert users take up to 15 grams, but that may be too much and might lead to very unpleasant side effects. And do not forget that blue lotus can have mind-altering and psychoactive effects.
If you want to use blue lotus extract, the recommendable dosage is 0.25 grams. Needless to say, if you are new to blue lotus or you are not an “expert”, you should avoid extracts.
Blue Lotus Formats
You can find different types of blue lotus products:
- Dried flowers
- Powder extract
The flowers are the favorite format for many people since you can easily use them to soak in water or wine. But powder, tinctures, and resin can be very convenient.
Safe Ways to Use Blue Lotus
The side effects of blue lotus include nausea, disorientation, and even hallucinations. That is why you should be cautious with the dosage. But due to its intoxicating and mind-altering effects, you should avoid using blue lotus in certain situations:
- At work
- In school
- While driving or operating machinery
- In some social situations
- When you need to make an important decision
- During pregnancy and breastfeeding
Uses of Blue Lotus
How to use blue lotus? You can use it to prepare blue lotus tea. But many blue lotus users like to soak the flowers in red wine. Others even prefer to smoke the flowers or even vape them.
However, you can also use blue lotus to:
- Make incense
- Prepare herbal oils
- Make a relaxing soap
Keep reading this blog to learn more about blue lotus and other herbs.