Nymphaea caerulea, better known as the blue lotus flower, is actually a gift to the world. Originally found on the banks of the river Nile, the Nymphaea caerulea, also called the blue lily, today is found all over the world including the Indian sub-continent. This beautiful blue flower is considered sacred by Indians, especially the Buddhists. Historians have always considered the blue lily symbolically rich and associated it with the ancient Egyptian culture. But recent studies have revealed that it has healing properties as well. Nymphaea caerulea was used by ancient Egyptians as a stimulant to increase sexual desire. It was also a symbol of the Egyptian deity ‘Nefertem’. Today we know that the sacred blue lily can be used for a variety of medical purposes. It can be used to make various healthy concoctions including blue lotus tea, wine and martinis! All you need to do is to soak the petals for up to three weeks to obtain the intoxicating beverage. Blue lotus ‘tea’ can easily be prepared by boiling the flowers for 10–20 minutes. No matter how you consume it, the Nymphaea caerulea will surely provide your body with tons of health benefits!
Skin Benefits of Nymphaea Caerulea:
In today’s world where the pollution levels are very high, consumers are always attracted to cosmetic products which comprises of natural ingredients and extracts of nature. Natural extracts are also helpful in body massage and some forms of yoga. Some of the skin benefits of the Nymphaea caerulea are:
1. Natural Moisturizer:
In many countries extracts from the seed of nymphaea caerulea is used in the preparation of the skin care products that provides instant hydration to the skin. So if you suffer from dry, flaky skin, use this natural moisturizer and flaunt your new found glowing skin!
2. Oil Control:
So you have oily skin? No worries; the blue lily has something for you too! External use of blue water lily can balance oily skin and prevent pimple and acne breakouts.
You are stressed and anxious, looking for some relief. Turn to Nymphaea caerulea! Blue lily flower is also used to make perfumes and its oil is widely used in aromatherapy.
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Hair Benefits of Nymphaea Caerulea:
People today are concerned about their hair, what with hair fall and rough hair becoming far too common. It is not surprising that people are turning towards nature to find a cure for their hair woes. The sacred lily provides natural hair care, with no side effects!
4. Natural Conditioner:
Composition of few hair conditioners contains extracts of blue water lily. A surprising discovery has been made that proves the effectiveness of using the extracts of this flower in hair conditioning products to increase the natural shine of the damaged hair.
5. For Healthy Hair:
Observations reveal that Nymphaea caerulea can also help increase the volume, body as well as elasticity of brittle hair. So, if you have limp, dull hair, grab some blue lily extracts and use it on your hair for beautiful, healthy hair!
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Health Benefits of Nymphaea Caerulea:
Some recent research has indicated that Nymphaea caerulea possesses mild psycho-active properties. It also provides many other health benefits, like:
6. Natural Aphrodisiac:
This ancient flower is used both by men and women as a seductive drug. It has the potential to work as a sex stimulant, much better than Viagra! So, spice up your sex life with this amazing flower!
7. Menstruation Problems:
Some women go through hell each month because of various menstruation problems. These problems can be treated and naturally cured by the usage of nymphaea caerulea. The use of this flower or its extracts can help regulate irregular periods and ease menstruation cramps.
8. Treats Depression:
Depression, stress, anxiety-all fallouts of today’s fast paced world. All of these mental problems can be relieved with the help of nymphaea caerulea’s root. It also increases human memory power.
Diabetes, which has taken epidemic proportions today, can be easily and effectively treated with the seeds of this medicinal flower. Diabetic complications such as cardiovascular problems are potentially regulated by this sacred water lily.
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10. Treats Gastrointestinal Problems:
Stomach disorders like diarrhea and dysentery can be cured by using the rhizome of this beautiful sacred river flower. Its rhizome also possesses the ability to treat dyspepsia. This flower is also used in treating jaundice and other internal gastrointestinal disorders. Consuming concoctions containing this healthy herb is known to help treat damaged liver too.
11. Muscle Relaxant and Painkiller:
Studies show that this sacred flower acts as a pain killer like Arnica and also has muscle relaxant properties. So, if you are suffering from nerve disorders, use this flower for pain relief and well as relaxation.
12. Other Health Benefits:
- The blue lotus contains ginseng, which gives it anaesthetic properties.
- This blue symbolic flower has the potential to regulate your urinary system.
- If a person is suffering from constipation, then medicines made from nymphaea caerulea can really help.
A steroid known as Nymphayol present in these flowers is scientifically responsible for anti- diabetic activity. This steroid performs its duty by healing the endocrine tissues which are damaged. It even has the power of stimulating insulin secretion in beta cells. Researchers reveal the fact that rhizome of this plant contains starch and can be used as a tasty food! Whether eaten roasted or raw, the rhizome as well as roots of the blue lotus flower is indeed very nutritious. Rhizomes are even used to make medicines. The stalks are eaten as vegetables. Large proportion of nutrients like protein and tannin are present in the seeds. Extract of this flower contains anti- oxidant, which helps the body remain young. The all-in-one nymphaea caerulea provides a warm pleasant feeling. It is one of the best natural health enhancing tonics that has ever been found.
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