Our planet is blessed with so many plant species. It is perhaps the plant’s planet rather than humans’. This is however interesting because these plants exist with awesome importance and medicinal significances. There is probably no drug in human history without a plant extract in it. More interestingly, psychotherapy which is a branch of medical health that deals with human mental functioning and balance is greatly interested in certain plant species. Examples are marijuana and other psychoactive plants including blue lotus.
The blue lotus which is scientifically known as Nymphaea caerulea is sometimes called the blue water lily. It is psychoactive plants that have been in use for thousands of years. The plant is original to Egypt and some other parts of Northern Africa. However, it specifically grows on River Nile, even though its growth is now reported in some other parts of the world including India and some parts of Asia. It is often confused with the Sacred Lotus, which is the national flower of India and Vietnam.
Differences between Blue Lotus and Blue Lily
From history till present, there is a high level of confusion between the blue lotus and the blue lily. Not many could identify the distinct uniqueness of both plants. The differences could however be pictured more in their effects. The confusion in their differences have been traced to a lot of factors. IT has been observed that even researchers mix up the two names, using the blue lily often perhaps because it sounds better. To broaden the confusion, the two plants share an active ingredient between them. They both contain a chemical substance called the alkaloid nuciferine
Effects and side effects of blue lotus
This psychoactive plant has a lot of effects depending majorly on dosage, administration method and whether it is used with other substances. When used with alcohol, as an aphrodisiac, this plant can increase an individual’s sexual desire and satisfaction. Furthermore, it has a euphoric yet relaxing effect which is responsible for the lack of sleep after they are taken. It doesn’t lead to any spiritual experiences when taken in larger does too. Consequent to these effects, the plant has become just as popular today as in ancient times.
There are minimal side effects to the use of blue lotus. For example, there could be a very low risk of dependency when used in moderate doses. There could also be a hangover effect after use. There have been reported cases of restlessness, flashes, and nervousness from users but only after reported large dosages. To be double sure of your safety and expectation, you are advised to read from labels of products made from blue lotus.
Uses of Blue Lotus
It is not exactly certain how Egyptians use the plant as there are sparing reports, but in lieu of its appearance and the fact that its remains are found in tombs, it is believed that the flowers, seeds and buds are possibly used by soaking them in wines. Some people actually do boil the flowers in water to make tea, suing the resultant liquid on its own or in wines.
Blue Lotus smoking is on the rise. Local headshops are beginning to add their parts in dried forms to several smoke mixes. It is however uncertain whether its use in this form makes alternative recreational drugs questionable. It is believed that since the native use has been traced to consumption with alcohol, it is perhaps the best way to make up for the best effects.
Blue Lotus Extracts and Benefits
Several sources supported the fact that Blue Lotus are available in different forms depending on how and what you want to use them for. Its shredded leaves are the best form for making tea while they could also be smoked/vaped for aromatherapy. In whatever forms and use they are considered, it is believed that Blue Lotus are important for certain benefits that include;
- Being aphrodisiac naturally, hence capable of stimulating effective sex in both male and female
- Relax pains and muscles naturally hence good menstruation problems
- Antidiabetic in nature, containing nuciferine, an alkaloid that stimulates insulin secretion
- Can give happy and euphoric feelings, hence a very good supplement for all sorts of mood disorders including stress and depression
- Parts of the plant including its rhizomes are found to be very useful in treating gastrointestinal worries like diarrhea and abdominal pains.
- It is also a natural analgesic helping to relief pains and relaxes muscles
Above all, it is antidiuretic in nature and so it helps to maintain healthy body fluids. Consequently, it reduces the frequency of urination and regulates the urinary system
Apart from the named health benefits of this plant species, it has been found to be very useful in body maintenance to preserve a youthful look and beautiful appearance. It contains antioxidants that make it possible to achieve healthy skin and hair, and so it ensures oily skin as well as moisturizes the skin. Additionally, it is a natural hair conditional because it contains natural substances that make hydration and damage prevention possible.