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Blue Lotus:

Blue Lotus, also known as Nymphaea nucifera, is derived from a flower that is thought to have originated along the Nile and other areas of East Africa. This herb was known and used by the ancient Egyptian and Mayan civilizations. The Blue Lotus flower was frequently depicted in Egyptian artwork as it was believed to be the home of Ra, the Sun God. In its natural habitat, the lily will close up at night and open in the morning, thus it was believed Ra would return to the lily during the night. Blue Lotus is also recognized as a symbol of the the Buddhist religion and has been used in Eastern medicine for hundreds of years.

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Blue Lotus Effects:

Blue Lotus contains the alkaloids nuciferine and aporphine which both promote a calming effect. Because of its anxiolytic and sedative effects, Blue Lotus can be used as a sleep aid and a natural anti-anxiety remedy. While it does not necessarily alleviate symptoms like depression, it can lead to a calming energy which is great for socializing.

Blue Lotus Side Effects:

Blue Lotus generally does not produce any harmful or negative side effects, but there a few precautions to take before consuming.  There is a possibility that Blue Lotus could lower blood sugar, so caution is advised for those taking medications for the treatment of diabetes. It is also advised that Blue Lotus not be taken by persons with low blood pressure or while pregnant or nursing.

Suggested Use:

Suggested Use: 1/4 teaspoon of extract powder (approximately 1 gram) dissolved in hot water or tea.