Botanical name: Nymphea careurlea
Other names: Blue Lotus
Part used: flowers
Dosha effect: grows in water and so is good for cooling pitta, however, smoking will aggravate pitta.
Action (karma): relaxes the nervous system
The flowers of the water lily emerge out of the water in the morning and recede back into the water at noon. Thus they become a symbol of the sun rising out of the night, and the continual renewal of life.
The blue water lily can be used as a tea, or in alcohol, soaked as a tincture, smoked, encapsulated or soaked in wine. The effects are a relaxed cannabis/opium like mild body effect. The mind remains clear but “zones out”. It has half the dream state of opium and provides a deep sleep afterwards. It is therefore recommended at night before bed time.
Ref: ‘Ayurvedic Medicine by Sebastian Pole; ‘Ayurvedic Pharmacology & Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants’ by Vaidya V.M. Gogte; ‘Yogi of Herbs’ by V. Lad & D. Frawley; ‘Herbs Are Special’ by Isabel Shipard.