The Sacred Blue Lily
Nymphaea caerulea is a magnificently beautiful plant with an equally fascinating effect: It is both sensually arousing and comfortably relaxing.
The Blue Lily is by no means a recent discovery, in fact, the old Egyptians revered the plant for its unique effects. The flower was depicted in numerous wall painting inside the pyramids, and alkaloid remainders were found even in the tomb of pharaoh Tutankhamun. The Egyptians considered the Blue Lily a manifestation of the deity Nefertem, and used the plant widely for ceremonies and parties. Clearly, the Blue Lily was held in high respects by the Egyptians.
The plant is considered to be native to Egypt, where it was found growing along the river Nile. From Northern Africa the plant spread to the Indian subcontinent and Thailand, where it is now cultivated in specialized farms. Due to their similar looks, the Blue Lily is often confused with the sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), and as result, is also sometimes referred to as blue lotus.
Sensual, Relaxing and mildly entheogenic
The Blue Lily is a very interesting plant. It shows a very pronounced spectrum of effects, ranging from sensual arousal to sedated euphoria. The first shift in perception comes on rather quickly and is marked by a general sense of relaxation, somewhat similar to alcohol. Cognitive skills are markedly reduced, yet motor skills seem to stay reasonably sharp. The effect is certainly comparable to being drunk, however, it is not as intoxicating and disorienting as alcohol. The overall feeling is highly pleasant and slightly sedative.
Blue Lily is very suited for social gatherings, as it clearly lowering inhibitions and emotional barriers. Again, this is not unlike alcohol - certainly there is a connection between alcohol and Blue Lily, which is possibly why the two were traditionally consumed together.
There are mild aphrodisiac effects of Blue Lily, however, the sedative nature of the plant doesn’t make it ideal for that purpose. The plant clearly enhances sensuality, but it only stimulates the libido mildly.
In higher doses, Blue Lily has been reported to have entheogenic effects, and the plant is a common addition to smoke blends. However, there are no reports of the plant being able to induce a full blown psychedelic experience.
How to use Blue Lily
There are four main ways Blue Lily can be taken, these are by smoking it, making a tea with it, infusing it into alcohol or by using a tincture.
For the first 3 options you will need the dried out petals of the flower (available here).
This is very simple, but our least favorite method. Not only does smoking damage your lungs, but it is a pretty inefficient way of using Blue Lily. To do so, add in ground petals with your herb of choice and smoke away.
Blue Lily tea
To do this, soak 5 grams of Blue Lily in hot water for a good 15-20 minutes, then drink. By this time, the psychoactive compounds of the plant will have infused into the water.
Blue Lily infused alcohol
For the most traditional way of using Blue Lily, soak at least 5 grams per person in a bottle of red wine for a few days, shaking it up every now and again. It will make the wine quite bitter, but very potent.
Blue Lily tincture
Our Blue Lily tincture is the concentrated extract of Blue Lily seeds. This makes it the strongest and most efficient option. Simply put one or two full droppers into a drink, and consume. Blue Lily tincture is available here.
Wether you’re a seasoned psychedelic traveller or just dipping into the waters of psychoactive plants - Blue Lily is definitely worth exploring.