Lotus Leaf

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Botanical Name: Nelumbo nucifera
Origin: China
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Nelumbo nucifera, also called sacred lotus, is an aquatic plant with large, round, green leaves and spectacular, singular flowers. The water lily is immersed in folklore, literature, art, and architecture throughout Egypt, India, and Asia. While the root and seeds are often eaten in culinary dishes, lotus leaf is typically employed in traditional healing practices for its beneficial properties. Lotus leaf can be prepared as an infusion for both external and internal use.

The sacred lotus has been revered by many Eastern cultures for well over 1500 years. Lotus flowers are often associated with the sun because the beautiful flower opens at daybreak and closes at dusk. Lotuses are held sacred by the Egyptians, Hindus, and Buddhists, with countless examples of its image found in the folklore, religion, literature, art, and architecture of these cultures. The lotus is widely discussed in Buddhism, where the image of a beautiful flower growing out of the mud is used as a metaphor for the ability of humanity to transcend suffering. Hindus believe that Brahma, creator of all that is seen and unseen, sprang from a lotus blossom. Traditionally, all parts of the plant can be used, including the seeds, flower petals, flower stamens, pods, and leaves. Additional common names include East Indian lotus and Hindu lotus. Nelumbo nucifera belongs to the Nymphaeaceae family.

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Not for use in persons with constipation, dry stools, or abdominal distention. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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