Identification; Nymphaea caerulea has light blue flowers. Other similar varieties have white, purple or pink flowers.
- Nymphaea ampla - similar psycho activity but has white flowers
- Nymphae capensis - similar psycho activity but has pink or purple flowers
- Nymphaea lotus - similar psycho activity but has white flowers (night blooming)
- Nymphaea rubra - similar psycho activity but has red flowers (night blooming)
Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) represented in ancient Egyptian art. The Blue Lotus was found scattered over Tutankhamen's body when the Pharaoh's tomb was opened in 1922. Many historians thought it was a purely symbolic flower, but there may be some reason to believe that ancient Egyptians used it to induce an ecstatic state, stimulation, and hallucinations, as well as being widely used as a general remedy against illness, and to this day is used as a tonic for good health, consumed as an extract, 6-12 drops or up to 1 tsp to 1 tbs in juice taken 1 to 3 times daily. Start with low dose and find your dosage.
Examining some relationships between selected plant species in greater detail, teams have determined that the beautiful native blue water lily, Nymphaea caerulea, can grow successfully only in locations free from damage by the floating plant raft; but there is a constant "see-saw" between lily germination from seeds in the lake mud and the destruction of these new plants by wind-blown rafts. Thus the areas of the lake where lilies last lon genough to flower and set seed change every year, depending upon water level and raft area.
"Blue Lotus Flowers"
Rumored to contain apomorphine - a dopamine agonist - as well as perhaps nuciferine. Where unfounded when in 2000 at Dr. Vic Garner's laboratory for forensic analysis is Manchester, England, the Egyptian mummy Azru was the first mummy to undergo mass spectroscopy. She had no narcotics or painkillers in her. They found phytosterols, bioflavonoids, and phosphodiesterase, the active ingredient of viagra, all from blue lotus. No drug use has ever been found in ancient Egypt.
Azru, is an Egyptian mummy donated to the Manchester Museum in England, in 1825. Living on the Nile, in 2700 B.C, Azru was royalty, a noblewoman of thebes, later called Luxor, a former capital of Egypt, a chantress at Khonsu - the moon god was the son of Amon and Mut. The main temple at Karnak is dedicated to him. Three times a day she would bring food and wine with blue lotus tincture or extract, fetch garments for the gods, priests and Pharaoh, and dance and sing for the royal court. She had wealth, and her own home and servants, where she stayed until scheduled or called to the temple. There is evidence to suggest that it was a very sexually oriented society due to their pictures, writings, and religious beliefs. And, that blue lotus was historically, traditionally and effectively used, to relieve pain, increase memory, increase circulation, promote sexual desire and create a feeling of euphoria and ecstasy, without the use of narcotics.
"Nymphaea caerulea (Blue Lotus Flowers)"
Dr.Patricia Rutherford, Biologist, University of Manchester, found that Azru dyed her hair red. He tested for drugs. No drugs were detected in Azru. Dr.David Counsel and chemist Vic Garner went to Stapleys Water Garden, and took fresh blue lotus flower samples that had a scent similar to bananas only more fragrant. And from Kew Gardens, they took a small piece of blue lotus flower which was taken from an ancient mummy's tomb, and upon analysis they were both identical, had no narcotic properties, the phytosterols were nearly identical to ginkgo biloba - only richer, the blue lotus samples also contained bioflavonoids that Dr.Counsel likened to the tonic effects of ginseng, and phosphodiesterase inhibitors, the same active compound that is found in viagra.
Dr.Elizabeth Williamson, Pharmacognosist, University of London, comparing blue lotus to ginkgo, and that blue lotus appeared richer in flavones. Gingko is free radical scavenger and antioxidant. Blue Lotus would have been used for age related diseases and would be useful in mildalzheimers, migraine headaches, tinnitus, various conditions involving blood flow and circulation, sort of "Viagra" effect It would be an important herb for both men and women, and could be a natural herbal form of viagra.
Dr.Joan Fletcher, Egyptologist, University of Manchester said that sex was a very important part of Azru's culture, and that she believed that continued use of blue lotus produced sexual vigor and general good health.
Dr.Lisa Manniche, Egyptologist University of Copenhagen. There are many pictures depicting sex, wearing and sniffing blue lotus flowers, and blue lotus flowers are prominently displayed throughout Egypt. In one picture the king is offering a blue lotus flower, the king speaks about the blue lotus flower to the gods and says, "When you look at it's brilliance your eyes become dynamic or imbued with dynamic properties, your nostrils dilate" This put many on the wrong path to thinking it must be a drug. Dr.Manniche, believes that blue lotus was used as a general health and sex stimulant. and scent, which was central to a sexually orientated society. Azru had probably used, and served wine, in which a blue lolus flower was floating, and blue lotus tincture or extract had been added, as part of everyday rituals, a sign of rebirth and enhancing sexual vigor and general good health.
Everyone thought blue lotus must be a narcotic, and what a surprise when no narcotics were detected, and blue lotus was found to be loaded with health giving phytosterols and bioflavonoids and phosphodiesterase. It turned out to be one the greatest daily health tonics ever found.
Reference : Manchester Museum web site http://www.mcc.ac.uk/Museum
Secrets of the Pharaohs, Unwrapping The Mummy, PBS Home Vido 2001#B8482