Blue Lotus: Everything You Need To Know

Blue Lotus: Everything You Need To Know
Nymphaea Caerulea

Nature offers a variety of psychoactive plants and fungi found all over the planet, including Egypt. This ancient land serves as a home to blue lotus, a beautiful water lily that produces mysterious and mind-altering alkaloids.

 

What Is Blue Lotus?

WHAT IS BLUE LOTUS?

The Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea), sometimes also called Blue Water Lily, is a psychoactive plant that has been used for thousands of years. The plant is believed to originally come from Egypt and other parts of Northern Africa where it grew along the river Nile. Today, the plant also grows in other parts of the world, and can be found in India and some other parts of Asia. The Blue Lotus is sometimes confused with the Sacred Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), the national flower of India and Vietnam.

Blue Lotus was intimately known to the Ancient Egyptians, where it played an important part in various aspects of their culture. The plant was widely popular for its aphrodisiac and mild psychedelic properties, which made it one of the first party drugs.

Blue Lotus can often be found depicted on the walls inside Ancient Egyptian tombs. This leads researchers to believe that Ancient Egyptians used Blue Lotus also for religious purposes due to its psychoactive effects. On ancient paintings, the Blue Lotus is often depicted together with wine, which suggests that the Egyptians made alcoholic beverages and tinctures with the plant.

How Do You Grow Blue Lotus?

HOW DO YOU GROW BLUE LOTUS?

The traditional way to cultivate Blue Lotus was to grow the plant from the rhizomes, which are the underground parts of the plant and the stems. Then again, this wasn’t the easiest method for people to grow Blue Lotus at home. Only recently have horticulturists discovered how to grow the plant from seed. Not only is growing Blue Lotus from seed a lot easier, it is also less expensive.

If you have never grown Blue Lotus at home, no reason to be afraid: it is quite easy and uncomplicated to do. Here is how you can grow Blue Lotus in your own home or garden.

  1. Fill a waterproof container with about 5cm of garden soil. For best results, use a mix that contains sand, silt, and some clay. Do not use a gardening soil that is rich in organic content such as moss, wood, or bark, and don’t use any fertiliser. Fill the container with some warm water until about 2–3cm above the soil. Wait for a few minutes and allow the soil to settle. Press on it to make it more compact.

  2. Sow your Blue Lotus seeds evenly on top of the “floor” in the container. Place the seeds about 2–3cm apart from each other. Lightly sprinkle a thin layer of soil or sand to cover the seeds.

  3. Set the container with your seeds into a warm spot that gets plenty of sun. The seeds will sprout after several days and will look like grass. After a while, the sprouts will develop two leaves that will float on the surface of the water.

  4. You can now replant your Blue Lotus sprouts. Carefully remove them from the small container and plant them into a bigger one with more water.

Extra tip: Although Blue Lotus seeds are not often hard to come by, once you grow your Blue Lotus flowers, you won’t need to purchase seeds anymore: your plant will do it for you! As it grows, the flower head will move underwater where it will develop a fruit. Once your plant ripens, the fruit will contain the seeds. You can simply use these seeds to grow even more Blue Lotus!

What Is The Difference Between Blue Lotus And Blue Lily?

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BLUE LOTUS AND BLUE LILY?

Throughout history, and even still today, there is some confusion between Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) and Blue Lily (Nymphaea stellata). Each, however, is entirely unique, and they also have different effects. It is thought that the confusion surrounding the two stems from researchers mixing up the two names, and possibly even utilising “Lily” simply because it sounded better. The fact that Blue Lotus is commonly referred to as “Blue Lily” in India doesn’t help matters either. Then again, the Blue Lotus and the Blue Lily, despite their differences, do have something in common: they both share one active chemical ingredient, the alkaloid nuciferine.

Blue Lotus Chemistry

BLUE LOTUS CHEMISTRY

The two main active substances in Blue Lotus that are responsible for the flower’s various effects are the alkaloids nuciferine and aporphine.

Nuciferine, which is also found in the Sacred Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is thought to act as a dopamine receptor blocker.

Aporphine is thought to function as a dopamine agonist that activates dopamine receptors, essentially having the opposite effect as nuciferine. This is the compound in Blue Lotus that stimulates a happy, uplifted, and euphoric feeling.

History Of The Blue Lotus

HISTORY OF THE BLUE LOTUS

There’s no question that Blue Lotus played a unique and important role in Ancient Egyptian culture. Most likely used as both a recreational and entheogenic drug, Blue Lotus has even been unearthed alongside the deceased in ancient tombs. The plant’s use is often depicted on walls and paintings as well. The Blue Lotus was even the symbol for the union of Upper and Lower Egypt.

For the Ancient Egyptians, the Blue Lotus represented how the sky greeted the sun. Just as the sun rises above the horizon to start the day, the flower opens in the morning, showing off her beautiful petals and shiny golden centre. Then, she closes at dusk, just when the sun is setting. Because of that, the Egyptians deemed the Blue Lotus the sacred flower of the sun and sun gods.

Nefertem, one sun god of Egyptian mythology, was originally a lotus flower at the creation of the world. He represented both the first sunlight and the delightful smell of the Egyptian Blue Lotus, born from waters within a blue waterlily. But Nefertem wasn’t only a god of the sun, he was also the god of beauty and healing. It was he who brought the flower to the sun god Ra to rejuvenate his ageing body with its healing properties.

Today, the plant is classified as endangered, although it can still be found growing in the wild in some areas of the world, mainly in Asia. Only in recent years, due to the increased popularity of the Blue Lotus, has human cultivation of the plant seen a rise.

Disclaimer:
We are not making medical claims. This article has been written for informational purposes only, and is based on research published by other externals sources.