Learn how to brew the perfect cup of blue lotus flower tea, an herbal tea known for promoting relaxation and inducing lucid dreaming since ancient Egyptian times.
While I enjoy foraging wild herbs and crafting herbal teas, I'll share a distinctly unique experience with you this time. The blue lotus, from which we'll be brewing tea, cannot be found in Europe or America. It stands out not only in its origin but also in its unique properties.
What Is Blue Lotus Plant?
The blue lotus flower (Nymphaea caerulea) is an aquatic plant that belongs to the genus Nelumbo. It is an endangered plant known as blue water lily, blue Egyptian lotus, or sacred blue lily plant.
Its large, vibrant flowers have a unique growth pattern and have cultural and symbolic significance. The blue lily is a water-growing plant where it floats on the surface as its roots drive deep into the earth. Blue Lotus plants thrive in stagnant and murky water yet rise from the underworld into the light above in all its captivating beauty. The flower has been associated with purity and enlightenment, connecting with spiritual traditions and famous lotus quotes.
While Blue lotus grows in Asia, including India, China, and Thailand, it has been historically connected with ancient Egypt. This plant has played a role in Egyptian mythology as the flower was considered the official flower of the sun god Ra.
Blue Lotus is an ancestral flower known to induce deep meditative energy, enhance third-eye function, and motivate lucid dreaming.
What Is Blue Lotus Tea?
Blue Lotus Tea is made by steeping dried blue lotus flowers in hot water. This process extracts unique plant's compounds and flavors that offer intoxicating fragrance and distinctive taste with associated benefits.
Some appreciate Blue Lotus extract for its calming properties. It's essential to note thanks to the presence of compounds like nuciferine and aporphine; the tea may be associated with psychedelic effects and lucid dreaming, lending to its modern uses as a mind-altering drink.
This delicate floral infusion can be further enhanced with aromatic spices like cinnamon, cardamom, or cloves to create a delightful blue lotus chai or masala chai with milk, allowing you to savor and experience blue lotus in a uniquely spiced blend.
Effects of Blue Lotus Tea
Relaxation and Improves Sleep
Some people appreciate blue lily flower tea for its calming and relaxing properties and stress reliever. Traditionally, Blue lotus tea may be an effective natural remedy for insomnia and promote better sleep.
Its images have been found on ancient papyri and on the walls of tombs. Historians believe that it has been used in herbal remedies dating back to the ancient Egyptians Thais and Syrians as a traditional medicine to treat anxiety and insomnia (1)
Mild Psychoactive effect
When consumed, blue lotus extract promotes a feeling of euphoria. Apomorphine is a psychoactive compound that acts as the brain's dopamine agonist, resulting in a happy, euphoric feeling. Nuciferine, on the other hand, acts as an antipsychotic drug that induces feelings of calmness through mechanisms that aren't yet fully understood.
The blue lotus flower was used by the ancient Egyptians as part of celebrations, including in the form of blue lotus wine. The blue lotus is considered a gateway to the divine, enhancing the third eye function.
However, certain studies suggest that the effects of blue lotus tea may extend to assisting with erectile dysfunction, possibly an aphrodisiac effect as well. It is one of the flowers that has been used in ancient Egypt in sexual ceremonies.
Made from the blue lily, this tea is believed to have pain-relieving properties and antispasmodic effects. It alleviates menstrual cramps and addresses inflammation throughout the body. With its abundance of antioxidants, it serves as a helpful aid during episodes of discomfort or pain.
Blue Lotus Flower Tea is also consumed to rise to or intensify lucid dreaming. Some users find that consuming tea before bedtime can influence the vividness and content of their dreams.
In addition to tea, blue lotus petals can be extracted into alcohol to make an herbal tincture, or it can be vaporized using vaporizers. While no scientific evidence supports the claim that this sacred blue lily aids in lucid dreaming, many people swear by its effectiveness.
Legal Status of Blue Lotus Tea
Blue lotus is currently not approved for human consumption in the United States nor regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Nevertheless, as per the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), it is not presently classified as a controlled substance, allowing legal sale in most states.
It's essential to approach Blue Lotus and its effects with caution. The plant contains psychoactive compounds, and excessive consumption may lead to adverse reactions. Furthermore, modern medical research on the specific effects of Blue Lotus is limited, and its safety and legality can vary by region. Before incorporating Blue Lotus Tea into your routine, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions or are taking medications.
How to make Blue Lotus Tea?
First step: Boil water
Boil 2 cups of water in a pot.
Second step: Brew the tea
Once the water reaches a gentle boil, turn off the heat. Add the flower into the pot and cover with the lid. I like to use this Mason Jar Tea Infuser.
Allow the mixture to steep for 10-15 minutes. Remember, a longer steep time just makes it taste bitter.
Third step: Strain the mixture and serve
Strain the tea to remove the flower remnants. Sweeten with honey or your preferred sweetener, if desired.
Pour the Blue Lotus Tea into your favorite cup and Enjoy
Find a peaceful spot, take a moment to appreciate the aroma, and sip slowly to enjoy the tranquil experience.
How to make blue lotus chai
Blue lotus chai is enhanced with spices such as cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, cloves or ginger. Simmer them for 15 minutes in a pot to allow the flavors to infuse. Bring water to a boil in a pot, add spices of your choice, reduce the heat, and simmer the mixture for 10 minutes.
Turn off the heat, add the blue lotus to the pot, and cover it with the lid. Steep the mixture for an additional 10 minutes. Strain the chai to remove all spices and tea leaves. Lastly, add a sweetener and serve in your favorite mug.