The health benefits and uses of the lotus flower and root.
1. The lotus flower is one of the most beautiful blossoms in the world. It has been used since ancient times for its herbal properties in Ancient Egypt, in Buddhism and Hinduism.
2. There are many different colours including pink, white, blue, red and purple. The lotus flower is grown all over the world in ponds. The lotus roots are anchored in the mud below and the wonderful flowers sit just atop the water.
3. These flowers can be used to make a natural medicine, and are commonly brewed into a healthy tea which is used in modern and ancient cultures.
4. 5-15 grams of the dried lotus is recommended as a daily allowance when trying to improve the health of the body.
5. Lotus flower has a positive effect on the digestive system and drinking this tea can lower high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
6. Chinese medicine uses lotus tea as a calming treatment, for the stomach, spleen and liver. It is said to keep the body in balance during the summer months and prevents the blood pressure from getting too high. This lotus tea helps to prevent heart palpitations, restlessness and insomnia.
7. The flower itself has been associated with ascension, enlightenment and rebirth and has been depicted throughout history in ancient texts and hieroglyphics. Its calming effect aids those on a spiritual journey to higher states of consciousness of study of the self.
8. The lotus tea contains quercetin and other flavonoids which strengthen the blood vessels and capillaries. This aids blood flows throughout the body and prevents blood clots.
9. Lotus extract is often used in many skincare products for its rejuvenating and calming effects on skin tissue. Many of these products aid in the reduction of cellulite.
10. Nutritionally, it is an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and dietary fibre. It also contains small amounts of Vitamin B, protein, phosphorus and linoleic acid.
11. The fresh flowers can be mashed into a paste and mixed into facial remedies for cleansing the skin and boosting radiance.
12. Lotus oil is also available and used in skincare, and can be used to prevent premature greying of the hair.
13. Drinking lotus tea boosts the production of “happy hormones” in the brain. Creating a sense of euphoria for those studying spiritualism.
14. It has an anti-inflammatory effect like most herbal teas and can speed up weight loss when following a healthy plan such as the ketogenic diet, or intermittent fasting.
15. The Lotus Roots(Kamal kakdi), Stems and Seeds are also used for health and in traditional medicine.