Blue Lotus: Everything You Need To Know

Have you ever tried Blue Lotus?

I still remember the day when I first discovered it.

A friend of mine picked me up to go grab some dinner.

As we drove over to the restaurant, he reached inside his jacket and pulled out a mysterious, dark-blue bottle. It was almost black with no label.

“Try a few drops of this,” he said.

“What is it,” I asked?

“Blue Lotus,” he replied with a grin on his face.

I took a few drops under my tongue, let it absorb, and then swirled it around my mouth to taste it. The tincture was both sweet and bitter. A unique flavor I had never quite experienced before.

As we continued our drive to the restaurant, I noticed myself feeling increasingly relaxed. The thoughts and everyday concerns that normally circle around my mind slowly began to fade away. It was like someone was turning the volume down on my internal dialogue. I liked it.

I also felt my body becoming more and more relaxed. I felt this growing feeling of peace and optimism. I could get used to this Blue Lotus stuff.

I won’t bore you with the details of the remainder of our evening. Let’s just say that I became increasingly relaxed – without any feeling of intoxication – and quickly fell asleep when my head hit my pillow that night. My dreams that night were also more vivid that usual.

From that moment on, I became deeply interested in learning everything I possibly could about Blue Lotus. Today, I am happy to share what I’ve discovered with you.

Are you ready to learn about the incredible benefits of Blue Lotus?

Let’s dive in.

blue lotus flower tea

What Is Blue Lotus?

Blue Lotus is a psychoactive herb. It played an important role in ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures. Though, its power as a sacred, mind-expanding herb seems to have been lost to time. Only recently has Blue Lotus re-emerged, becoming a trusted ally of conscious explorers and active dreamers.

From a botanical perspective, Blue Lotus is a perennial flowering water lily. Part of the Nymphaeaceae family of flowering plants, this sacred herb is thought to have originated along the Nile River in Egypt before it spread to Southeast Asia. Blue Lotus grows a rhizomatous root system that spreads deep into the fertile soil of aquatic environments like ponds, lakes, and river banks. Blue Lotus is also characterized by its broad, round, and green leaves. These are your “lily pads” that you’d imagine seeing a frog sitting on.

However, it is the Blue Lotus flower that has captivated explorers of consciousness over the past 3,000 years. The Blue Lotus flower is a stunning and sublime sight. It’s deep blue and purple petals will hypnotize you. They float around bright yellow stamens and draw you into their otherworldly beauty.

The Blue Lotus flower petals contain two important psychoactive alkaloids – Aporphine & Nuciferine. These two alkaloids are responsible for the hypnotic and sedating effects of Blue Lotus and make it a true entheogenic treasure. Later in this post, we’ll explore all of the incredible effects of Blue Lotus. I’ll even share my own personal experiences of this remarkable plant with you.

The Different Names Of Blue Lotus

Blue Lotus is known by many different names. To avoid confusion, I will refer to it throughout this article simply as Blue Lotus. However, I thought it would be helpful for you to have a glossary of all the different names of Blue Lotus.

Here they are for your reference:

Blue LotusNymphaea caerulea
Egyptian LotusBlue Egyptian Lotus
Blue Water LilyBlue Egyptian Water Lily
Sacred Blue LilySacred Lily Of The Nile

There may be even more names of Blue Lotus out there. Other cultures from different periods of history may have had different names for this magical herb. My research has led me to these names. If you are familiar with any other names of the Blue Lotus plant, please let me know in the comments below.

Now, let’s turn our attention to the history of Blue Lotus so that we can better understand why it can help you explore your mind and dreams.

The History Of Blue Lotus

When it comes to my historical understanding of Blue Lotus, I owe a lot to the work of Rev. Aryshta Dean. I believe that she is on the cutting edge of Blue Lotus research. It’s quite possible that she knows more about Blue Lotus, it’s history, and uses in our modern times than anyone else on the planet.

The history of Blue Lotus can be traced back 3,000 years to Ancient Egypt. In their society, the Egyptians held Blue Lotus in such high regard that they devoted a deity to it. That deities name is Nefertem – the god of the Blue Lotus.

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Not only was a deity devoted to Blue Lotus, but the ancient Egyptians considered the Blue Lotus to be an incarnation of the god himself. Yes, that means that they believed divinity existed within the roots, pads, and flowers of this magical plant.

The Blue Lotus flower can be seen depicted in carvings, hieroglyphics, and other artifacts in nearly every ancient temple. In fact, when Tutankhamun’s tomb (yep, that’s King Tut) was opened on November 29, 1922, the archeologists and historians present found actual dried blue lotus flowers and numerous artifacts related to blue lotus preserved with the pharaoh. The very fact that the ruler of the Egyptian people was buried in his sacred tomb with the Blue Lotus flower should give you a sense of just how important it was to the Ancient Egyptians.

In many of the carvings and artifacts depicting Blue Lotus, you will see the sacred flower draped over vessels. This is an indication that Blue Lotus was used (often in conjunction with other psychoactive plants) in the creation of mind-altering wines and elixirs. This goes far beyond soaking Blue Lotus flowers in commercial wine (a common practice today). The ancient Egyptians were master alchemists and used Blue Lotus to create powerful potions used in transformative religious ceremonies.

While Blue Lotus is most apparent in the ancient Egyptian culture, it’s power and influence did make its way to the Greek and Roman cultures as well. Thanks to the investigatory work of Rev. Aryshta Dean, we now know that Blue Lotus was celebrated by the Greeks in the form of Phrasikleia – the Ancient Greek priestess of Blue Lotus. It may also be the narcotic plant consumed by the Lotus Eaters in Homer’s Odyssey.

If you’d like to learn more about the history of Blue Lotus, I recommend that you check out these resources: Mysteries of the Blue Lotus and Nymphaea in Ancient Egypt.

nymphaea caerulea flower

The Effects Of Blue Lotus

Now that we’ve established the overview and history of Blue Lotus, we can move onto the fun stuff: its effects.

Remember how I talked about my first experience with Blue Lotus in the introduction to this article? I am happy to say that my relationship with this wonderful plant has only evolved and deepened since then.

Here’s a quick overview of the effects of Blue Lotus:

HypnoticSedatingEuphoric
CalmingAphrodisiacMeditative

The Hypnotic Effects Of Blue Lotus

From my personal experience, Blue Lotus is a powerful, yet subtle herb that has calming and sedating effects. Whenever I work with Blue Lotus, I find that it relieves any tension I have in my mind or body. I’ve heard Blue Lotus referred to as a “hypnotic.” I find this description to accurately describe its effects.

As Blue Lotus goes to work inside my body, I find myself elevated into a lucid, dreamlike state. Colors become more vivid. Every moment seems both more important and less serious at the same time. I quite enjoy the state of mind Blue Lotus puts me in.

A lower dose of Blue Lotus brings these subtle and highly enjoyable effects. A higher dose however, seems to usher in a sort of ecstatic trance like state. It is not overpowering, however. In fact, what I love so much about Blue Lotus is that its effects are very modular.

What I mean by that is that when I want to tap in and experience them fully, they are there and available to me. If I want to operate from my normal, aware state of mind, that is also available to me. The effects of Blue Lotus are quite different than that of alcohol, for example. I never feel out of control with Blue Lotus. In fact, I feel as though I am relaxing into my true nature.

The Impact Blue Lotus Has On Dreams

All of these effects that I have just described take place during a normal, waking state. I find that the effects of Blue Lotus evolve when I enter into a dream state.

For starters, Blue Lotus makes it much easier for me to fall asleep. I have quite an active mind, and it can often be challenging to quiet my thoughts as I prepare for sleep. What I love about Blue Lotus is that it gradually reduces the activity in my mind and perfectly prepares me for a night of restorative sleep and vivid dreams.

Immediately when I began working with Blue Lotus, I noticed a shift in my dream life. Even though I have been an active dreamer my entire life, Blue Lotus brought more color, activity, and life into my dreams. I find myself deeply engaged in story-oriented dreams when I take Blue Lotus before bed.

Blue Lotus is also an incredible ally for those who want to become lucid dreamers. In fact, I think it is the perfect herb for dreamers to work with because it is not a stimulant at all. The effects of Blue Lotus are sedating, without being intoxicating or overpowering. It is a gently ally that seems full of lunar energy.

Is Blue Lotus An Aphrodisiac?

Blue Lotus also has a history of being an aphrodisiac. I can definitely see why this is considered to be one of the uses of Blue Lotus. Although, I would not put Blue Lotus in the same category as many other commonly used aphrodisiacs like Horny Goat Week, Yohimbe, Pine Pollen, or Tongkat Ali. All of these aphrodisiacs are highly stimulating. They can feel aggressive and very masculine. Blue Lotus on the other hand has a very nourishing, opening, and feminine feel to it. I would put it in the same category as high-quality cacao or rose.

I believe that Blue Lotus acts as an aphrodisiac in a few different ways. First of all, it just makes you feel good. Plain and simple. When you feel good, you are much more likely to want to engage in sexual activity. Blue Lotus also has calming and euphoric effects, making it the perfect companion for those who want to enter the rapturous ecstasy of sex. When all of these effects combine, Blue Lotus helps you quiet your mind, feel your body, and bridge the gap between waking and sleeping. For me, this is the perfect state to be in for intimacy.

The Deeper Effects Of Blue Lotus

At this point, we start to move beyond my personal experience of the effects of Blue Lotus. However, I do think it is important to share what I’ve discovered with you about the full potential of this sacred plant.

Blue Lotus has been described as a catalyst. What does this mean exactly? Well, I think it means two things. First, I think Blue Lotus is a catalyst for change in our consciousness. When it is consumed on its own, Blue Lotus has powerful effects like I described above.

Second, Blue Lotus as a catalyst means that it works synergistically when combined with other herbs or psychoactive plants. This is how Blue Lotus was used traditionally in Ancient Egyptian religious ceremonies. In fact, Blue Lotus was the key ingredient in a fermented wine given to initiates. This Blue Lotus wine was said to be so powerful, that it could completely transform the life of its drinker – helping them to become an entirely new person.

However, it was not Blue Lotus alone that was used in this powerful potion. Rather, it was combined with other psychoactive herbs like Papaver somniferum (the opium poppy) and Mandragora (the mandrake root). Modern day explorers of consciousness have also experimented with other combinations. When Blue Lotus is combined with these other herbs, an “entourage effect” is achieved – resulting in the magical potions of lore.

In fact, Rev. Aryshta Dean states that when Blue Lotus is combined correctly with the right herbs, a mystical experience is almost guaranteed. She has found that this ceremonial use of Blue Lotus can contribute to emotional healing, spiritual experiences, feeling a divine presence, the release of old trauma, a radical change of perspective, and more.

Like I have previously mentioned, I do not have direct experience of these effects. However, I think it is important to know that Blue Lotus is a truly powerful plant. It’s not simply an herb that will help you sleep and dream a bit better. This is an herb that has the power to transform and heal your life.

How To Consume Blue Lotus

There are a lot of different ways for you to consume Blue Lotus. The most popular options are making a tea, using a tincture, or adding some Blue Lotus extract to your water or juice. Less common ways to take Blue Lotus are by smoking it, using a resin, or making your own Blue Lotus wine.

In this section, I’ll share six different ways you can consume Blue Lotus.

How To Make Blue Lotus Tea

Making Blue Lotus tea is about as easy as it gets. All you need to do this is some dried Blue Lotus flowers, a tea strainer, a cup, and a way to boil water.

dried blue lotus flowers

Add your dried Blue Lotus flowers to your tea strainer and place it inside your cup. Next, boil some water in an electric kettle or on the stove. Once your water boils, pour it over your dried Blue Lotus flowers in your cup. From there, simply let your tea steep. I find that longer brew times create a stronger, and more effective cup of tea.

I like to let mine steep for around 10-15 minutes. Once the tea is done steeping, I might add some milk to add a bit of creaminess to the tea. Blue Lotus tea has a pretty bitter flavor, so you might think about adding some honey as well. All that’s left to do it to sip it, and let your mind and body relax.

Blue Lotus tea is really nice to drink before bed. It is so calming and will help you drift off into a night of interesting dreams and deep sleep.

Using Blue Lotus Tinctures

Blue Lotus tinctures are absolutely my favorite way to consume this herb. Tinctures are typically highly potent alcohol extractions of herbs. You can simply add a few drops to your water or tea, or take directly in your mouth or under your tongue.

blue lotus tincture in a bottle

The trouble with Blue Lotus tinctures is that it is hard to find ones that are high quality. Most are made with sub-par extraction techniques and low-quality alcohol. You want to find tinctures that are made with organic alcohol, using sophisticated extraction techniques. Please let me know if you have any questions about where to find high quality Blue Lotus tinctures.

Taking Blue Lotus Extracts

Blue Lotus extracts are also very easy to consume. The advantage of extracts is that they will typically be very highly concentrated. It’s not uncommon to see 20:1, 50:1, or even 100:1 extracts. That means that you would have to use 20, 50, or 100 times the amount of flower to achieve the same effects as the extract.

blue lotus extract powder

Consuming Blue Lotus Extracts is as simple as adding it to your water or smoothie. Depending on the extract, it may not dissolve easily in water. So, you may want to blend it up to achieve a smooth, enjoyable beverage.

A word of warning: Blue Lotus Extracts also suffer from some of the same problems as Blue Lotus Tinctures. The extraction technique and original plant material is of the utmost importance. If you start with unhealthy, low-quality Blue Lotus flowers, you are only going to get a more highly concentrated version of that in the extract.

So, if a batch of Blue Lotus flowers contains toxins or pesticides, you’ll be getting a concentrated dose of that in your extract. Look for reputable brands that use organic material and are transparent about their extraction techniques. Your health is of the utmost importance.

Smoking Blue Lotus

Smoking Blue Lotus is a less common way to ingest the plant. I’ve never tried it personally as I am averse to smoking. People who have smoked Blue Lotus do seem to indicate that they still feel the effects of this herb. It is also common to combine Blue Lotus flowers with other smokable herbs (*cough cough*). Combining these herbs may produce the entourage effect we touched on earlier. Blue Lotus can be smoked in a pipe or rolled up into a sort of herbal cigarette.

Working With Blue Lotus Resin

Blue Lotus resin is a type of extract. Instead of it being a dry powder, it’s a sticky resinous material that can be used in a number of ways. I’ve never encountered Blue Lotus Resin so I can’t personally speak to its effects.

The way people use Blue Lotus resin is similar to all of the other methods outlined here. The resin can be dissolved in water or a tea, it can be smoked or vaporized, and it can be dissolved and extracted into alcohol.

Making Blue Lotus Wine

The last way to consume Blue Lotus is by making a wine. It should be noted that Blue Lotus wine can be made with the dried or fresh flower, a powdered extract, or a potent resin.

The way to make Blue Lotus wine is to simply add your Blue Lotus to the wine and allow it to steep and extract in the alcohol. Most people recommend soaking the Blue Lotus in the wine for no less than 24 hours. However, it seems that the longer the Blue Lotus is extracted in the wine, the more potent its effects will be.

There is also the consideration of what type of alcohol you should use to extract Blue Lotus. I’ve read accounts of people simply adding Blue Lotus to a bottle of Chardonnay or Merlot. I think though that the quality and potency of that alcohol you use will have a huge impact on your Blue Lotus wine.

If I were to attempt to make a simple Blue Lotus wine, I would almost certainly use a higher potency alcohol like Brandy to do the extraction. This could be added to some sparkling water to make a delicious Blue Lotus cocktail.

It should also be noted that traditionally, the Blue Lotus flowers were part of the fermentation process. That means that they were being fermented and extracted with the grape juice itself. If you simply add Blue Lotus flowers to wine, it’s possible that you’re missing out on an important part of the alchemical extraction of the Blue Lotus. When you just use wine, the fermentation is already complete. The alcohol in the wine itself will simple extract the Blue Lotus.

Anyways, food for thought!

Questions About Blue Lotus

In this final section of this post, I’ll answer some questions I commonly see surrounding this incredible herb.

What’s The Best Dosage For Blue Lotus?

The best dosage for Blue Lotus depends on a few things. First, in what form are you taking Blue Lotus? Do you have dried flower for a tea? Or do you have a Blue Lotus tincture? The best dosage for blue lotus really depends on this. The amount of dried leaf you want to use will be wildly different than the number of drops of a tincture.

Next, it really depends on what sort of experience you want to have. A low dose of Blue Lotus may not be very noticeable to you. Depending on your level of inner sensitivity, you might not notice it at all. Similarly, a higher dose may shock your system and give you an unpleasant experience.

My best advice is to start off using a very small amount of Blue Lotus and see how your body and mind react to it. Notice it’s effects and then ask yourself where you want to go from there. Once you have become familiar with it, you’ll know how much to take on any given day.

Does Blue Lotus Contain DMT?

There is no research that demonstrates that Blue Lotus contains DMT. The two primary psychoactive alkaloids in Blue Lotus are Aporphine and Nuciferine, not DMT. Blue Lotus has not been studied by the scientific community at any great length, so it is possible that future research will uncover something in the future.

What Are The Risks Of Blue Lotus?

Blue Lotus seems to have very few side effects. However, you should approach this plant with respect and reverence. Any psychoactive substance needs to be approached carefully. If you are on any medications, it would serve you well to consult with your doctor before consuming Blue Lotus. Nothing I have talked about in this article should be considered medical advice.

Final Thoughts

There you have it! I’ve done my absolute best to share as much information as I could in this article. I hope you now have a much better understanding of Blue Lotus and are excited to stat experiencing its benefits for yourself.

If you have any questions about what we covered today, please let me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

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2 thoughts on “Blue Lotus: Everything You Need To Know”

    1. Matt

      Thank you so much for the kind words of encouragement, Aryshta! It means so much to me that you read this post. I really appreciate everything you’ve done to research and spread your knowledge of Blue Lotus to the world. Peace & Blessings to you.

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