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Nymphaea caerulea

The Blue Lily (Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea) has been known since ancient times by the following synonyms: Blue Lotus, Egyptian Lotus, Sacred Blue Lily of the Nile, Sacred Narcotic Lily of the Nile, Blue Water Lily, Egyptian Lotus, Lady of the Nile, Ninfa, Ouetzalaxochiacatl, Blue Water Lily, Frog's Pulpit, Blou Plomb, iZubu (Z) and Blue Lotus in Egypt and Sacred Blue Lily of the Nile. The Blue Lily is often confused with Nelumbo nucifera (Sacred Lotus). Both species are commonly referred to as "Blue Lotus."

The Blue Lily flower finds its place in history as far back as the time of the Ancient Egyptians. In Egypt, the Blue Lily flower was considered to be a magical, sacred flower and as such, appears as a common motif in numerous ancient Egyptian paintings. Many Blue Lily paintings suggest that the flower was used in shamanic rituals as a narcotic, often by priests, priestesses and Monarchs to reach ecstatic, meditative states of consciousness. When the Pharaoh Tutankhamen's tomb was opened in 1922, his body was covered with Blue Lily flowers. Until not too long ago it was believed that the flower's importance was symbolic. It is now known that the Lotus was held sacred because of its alluring fragrance and mystical intoxicating properties, which are said to induce a blissful state of dreamy euphoria. The flower was worshipped as a visionary plant and was a symbol for the origin of life. The Blue Lily is indigenous to Egypt, Tanzanita & Kenya, where it thrives along rivers and lakes in wet soil.

The Blue Lily was traditionally used to relieve pain, increase memory, increase circulation, promote sexual desire, and create feelings of well-being, euphoria and ecstasy, without the use of narcotics. The Lotus is believed to contain aporphine and nuciferine, natural alkaloids. It finds use as a Hypnotic, sedative, euphoric and anti-spasmodic. By itself, Lotus produces an opiate-like intoxication. Traditionally, Nymphaea caerulea was drunk after being soaked in warm water or wine, while the dried flowers were also smoked. About 5 grams of dried petals steeped in small amount of alcohol for a few hours to a week is said to have a synergistic effect with the Lotus, producing a sedated MDMA-like euphoria. The overall effect of this combination is a narcotic empathogenic experience. According to recent studies, Blue Lily was found to be loaded with health-giving phytosterols and bioflavonoids. It turned out to be one of the greatest daily health tonics ever found.

The flower is among the most beautiful on earth, floating amongst the pad-shaped leaves, some of which rest on the water, some rising above it on thick stems. All parts of the plant are used medicinally. The root and seed are demulcent, the seed also being nutritive, the flowers are cooling and sedative, the leaves have astringent poultice. The flowers are edible and are wonderful in salads and on top of desserts!

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