BOTANICAL PROFILE: LOTUS FLOWER

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STORY: Lotus Flowers have long been held sacred by Buddhists, Hindus, and Egyptians, whom all believe that Lotus flowers bring prosperity, fertility, and allow the inner being to bloom. One of the fascinations of the lotus flower is that no matter how murky the pond in which it grows, it always emerges clean and beautiful. The lotus, therefore, symbolizes the journey from darkness (as depicted by the muddy pond) to the light of knowledge or wisdom.

SCENT: light green, sweet, and watery

SYMBOLISM: Thought of as a symbol of human consciousness on the path to spiritual enlightenment.

AROMATHERAPY PROPERTIES:  Calming, cooling and opening of the chakras. Helpful for spiritual connection and meditation.

PERFUME: According to the Egyptian Hieroglyphs Cleopatra used the sweet floral scent of the blue lotus. 

EFFECT ON SKIN: High in Vitamin C, iron, phosphorus, and linoleic acid, anti-inflammatory, antioxidants. 

FOOD: In addition to this plant being completely edible (from seeds, to the roots to the blossoms) the ancient Egyptians also consumed the blue lotus by including the lotus flowers in their wine. This was considered a shamanic ecstasy or positive mood enhancing practice as the blue lotus has unique alkaloids, which are alcohol soluble (and not water soluble).

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