The sacred lotus is a freshwater plant revered in many cultures, inspiring art and architecture throughout Egypt, India, and Asia. The roots and seeds of Nelumbo nucifera are often eaten in culinary dishes and the stamens of the lotus flower have a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to TCM, lotus stamens are associated with the kidney and heart meridians. Lotus stamen can be infused as tea or blended into herbal formulations.
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.
The flower petals and leaves are typically made into a tea or decoction for internal and external use. They may also be used as a garnish, smoked, floated in soups, and the fresh petals are used as a wrap in Asia. It is also said that the petals steeped in wine or tea have a calming effect.
The sacred lotus has an American relative, Nelumbo petapetala, which was used as a source of starch by the Native American Indians. In addition, the lotus flower was immortalized in Homer's “The Odyssey” when Ulysses and his crew come ashore to an Island of the Lotus-Eaters. In addition, a number of wild animals feed on the plant, and fish find refuge in its underwater stalks.
Precautions Lotus is an aquatic plant. Persons with shellfish allergies should exercise caution when using lotus. 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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