Latin name: Nelumbo nucifera
Chinese name: he ye
Other names: bean of India, blue lotus, Indian lotus, sacred lotus, sacred water lily
What is Lotus?
The lotus is an aquatic plant of a sacred and cultural significance to a variety of cultures. The lotus flower is an integral part of Hindu mythology, with the opening of the petals symbolizing the expansion of the soul. Buddhism uses similar symbolism as well, and the Chinese culture reveres the lotus for its purity. Today, the lotus is the national flower of India and Vietnam. The roots and seeds of the plant are edible and are integrated into various Asian cuisines such as Chinese and Indian cuisine. The stamens are made into an herbal tea, and the seeds may be eaten raw, dried, or boiled into paste to make other dishes.
What are the health benefits of Lotus?
All parts of the lotus plant are used in herbalism. The leaf of the plant is used to treat diarrhea, sunstroke, sunburn, and obesity. The flowers are used as a tonic for the heart and also to treat abdominal cramps. The root is used for diarrhea, dysentery, bronchitis, memory loss, and arterial plaque. The paste of the root is used to treat nosebleeds and excessive menstruation, and when applied externally, helps treat ringworm. The stamens are used as a diuretic to promote urination, and are also used to treat premature ejaculation and uterine bleeding. The seed has sedative properties, and is used to treat insomnia, poor digestion, and chronic diarrhea.
Where can I find Lotus?
Lotus can be found online, in herbal specialty shops, at Asian markets, and at the offices of Chinese and other alternative medical practitioners.
You can find lotus leaf combined with other herbs in the Traditions of Tao formula:
DuraBone, which helps strengthen bones and tendons.
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