Standardized: sacred lotus
Other: East Indian lotus, Hindu lotus, oriental lotus
Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.
Plant Family: Nymphaeaceae
All parts of the plant can be used, including the seeds, flower petals, flower stamens, pods, and leaves.
The sacred lotus has been revered by many Eastern cultures for well over 1500 years. Lotus flowers are often associated with the sun because the beautiful flower opens at daybreak and closes at dusk. Lotuses are held sacred by the Egyptians, Hindus, and Buddhists, with countless examples of its image found in the folklore, religion, literature, art, and architecture of these cultures. The lotus is widely discussed in Buddhism, where the image of a beautiful flower growing out of the mud is used as a metaphor for the ability of humanity to transcend suffering. Hindus believe that Brahma, creator of all that is seen and unseen, sprang from a lotus blossom.
Uses And Preparations
The leaves are typically made into an infusion which can be used both internally or externally.
Specific: Not for use in persons with constipation, dry stools, or abdominal distention.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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