Blue Lotus Flower - The History and Uses (Nymphaea caerulea)

Blue Lotus Flower - The History and Uses (Nymphaea caerulea)

While most people are aware of the use of the Blue Lotus Flower in Egyptian mythology, few know that it was also used in medicine and as food. The Egyptians used many different plants and herbs to cure various ailments, such as diabetes or heart problems. 
And it wasn’t just humans who benefited from blue lotus: one of the earliest surviving papyrus scrolls (which was written in hieroglyphics) tells us about how this plant helped animals recover from illness and injuries.

History and Beliefs of Blue Lotus Flower

Blue Lotus Flower, water lily, Egyptian lotus, or Nymphaea caerulea as it's also known, was regarded as a sacred flower in Egypt, full of magic and mystery. The ancient Egyptians held the blue lotus in high regard, and it was used for culinary and medicinal purposes. They also thought their prayers were answered when they ate the flower. The Egyptians believed this flower was extraordinary and essential in their religion, and the flower was so sacred that it was considered a symbol of the sun god Ra, with one of its names translating to "the flower of the sun."

The Sun God 

The Egyptians associated the blue lotus with the sun and rebirth. They considered it a symbol of resurrection because it bloomed from mud and grew into a beautiful flower.

Their mythology describes the blue lotus flower as the proverbial mother of their solar deities Amun-Ra and Atum. Amun-Ra was known as a God of life and as the God of Light who brought forth all things into existence by speaking them into being.

The name Amun-Ra comes from "Amun" and "Ra." "Amun" means 'hidden,' while "Ra" means 'sun' or 'light.' So together, they mean invisible light or hidden sun (in a sense). He was also known as Amen, Amoun, and Amon, which all mean the same thing.

It was said that the world was plunged in darkness and water, until a large Blue Lotus Flower bloomed and birthed light and the first Gods.

In honour of Amun-Ra, the Egyptians drank a liquid made by mixing ground-up lotus seeds with honey or other sweeteners to bring forth immortality. After eating the seeds, they would worship Amun-Ra, the God of life, and hope for eternal life

Uses of Blue Lotus Flower in Egypt

Blue Lotus as a drink

The Egyptians used the lotus to drink in many different ways. The most common way they drank their lotus was as tea, but they also made wine and beer out of it. They even went so far as to make cocktails out of blue lotus - anyone fancy sharing a Blue Lotus infused Pina Colada with us?

Blue Lotus tea was used for ceremonies to enhance lucid dreaming, as it's perfect for opening your crown chakra and allowing more vivid dreams.

The Egyptians used it as medicine

In ancient Egypt, the blue lotus was used to treat a wide range of ailments.
It was used as an analgesic and could be taken internally or applied externally. It was also used to treat headaches, coughs, fevers, and eye problems.
The blue lotus has been found on medical papyri dating back at least 3,000 years. It was also used for insomnia, depression, and anxiety and as a painkiller.

Blue Lotus smoke ceremonies 

Blue lotus flower is often smoked for ceremony and ritualistic purposes. As it helps with enlightenment and opening your crown chakra, the Egyptians would often smoke Blue Lotus during ceremonies to connect more to the Gods and the spirit world. They would inhale the smoke whilst praying and crafting offerings, and the smoke was also used to cleanse spaces.

Walk like an Egyptian

Whilst it was used heavily in the Ancient Egyptian times, many people use Blue Lotus today, in many of the same ways as the Egyptians traditionally would. From beautifully empowering teas, to cleasing and spiritually connecting smoke cleanses, Blue Lotus is perfect for ascending your spirituality to the next level.

If you'd like to try Blue Lotus and see why the Egyptians held this beautiful plant in such high regard, check out our Organic Whole Blue Lotus Flower on our shop!
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