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Blue Lotus

The Secret Life of the Blue Lotus

Blue Lotus (Nymphaea Caerulea) is also known as Blue Water Lily and the Sacred Lily of the Nile.

The plant, a natural sedative, originate from along the Nile River, in Egypt. For thousands of years it was used by the native people as part of religious ceremonies in which they would use these sacred blue flowers to reach higher levels of consciousness. During third century, it was introduced to the conquering Greeks who in turn exported it to far regions of the world.

In addition to it’s use in perfumes, it is still used today as a mild sedative. According to Egyptian legend, it was such a good sedative that it was given to sun god Ra in an effort to sooth him as he grew old.

Methods of Use

Blue lotus (Nymphaea Caerulea) can be ingested through a variety of methods. It is believed to be the plant that Lotophagi ate in “The Odyssey“. Since then, people have been eating the plant. More commonly, in the modern world, it is brewed into a tea (or mixed into various cocktails, wines, and liquors) by boiling the entire plant for 20-30 minutes before ingesting.

It can be smoked as well, but should be a blend of petals and bulbs, not solely one or the other as the majority of the ingredient lies in the bulb, and some in the petals. Furthermore, it can be used in a herbal blend to create calming feelings of peace.

Medicinal Benefits

The medicinal benefits of Blue Lotus stem largely from the sedative properties of the plant. It can use as a sleep aid, as a natural anti-anxiety remedy, and as a stress reliever. Blue Lotus contains nuciferan (a natural anti-spasmodic) along with aporphine, which will give you feelings of calming euphoria.

There are also reports of its use as a treatment for gastrointestinal problems. Diarrhea and dyspepsia, among other things, have reportedly been helped by ingesting Blue Lotus, although research is scarce in this particular area.

Effects

The effects of Blue Lotus seem to differ between different people, but it’s principal effects is what made this plant popular among the Egyptians. A calm sense of euphoria overtakes many users of the plant. It is often compared to MDMA, albeit less intense and more calming than stimulating. Depression can be alleviated in this way and, while not permanently, can give the user an opportunity to look at what causes their depression and really take something away from the experience.

In many people there is actually a mild, stimulant-like effect that is felt after taking Blue Lotus. The sedation is present, but the tingling, body energy sensation of stimulants fills them as well. This calm is a psychoactive property appreciated by it’s users. is found to be great for socializing and spending time with friends and family.

In addition, many people may help their erectile dysfunction after ingesting Blue lotus. Rather than turn to pharmaceutical drugs many people are turning to this plant as an aphrodisiac. This is especially true if the sexual dysfunction stems from depression.

Side Effects

The side effects of Blue Lotus are mild and are not harmful to most people. Hot flashes and mild jittery feeling can be present in large doses, but aren’t common.

The chief problem with Blue Lotus is found when combining it with other drugs. On its own it is an enjoyable plant, but when combined with illegal drugs like cannabis, or prescription painkillers, intense nausea and feelings of disorientation can be prevalent.

Legality

Blue Lotus is not a controlled substance in the United States, although not approved for human consumption. The cultivation, sale, and purchase of Nymphaea Caerulea is legal, but it cannot be sold for consumption. Incense and weaker teas are commonly found in stores, however, and must fall within certain regulations. Louisiana is the only state in the country which has passed new laws specifically dealing with Nympaea Caerulea, but it only serves to strengthen the ban on human consumption, not necessarily the distribution.

Russia is an exception to the international legality of Blue lotus. In the wake of scandals involving synthetic marijuana they have banned the substance completely.

Damiana

damiana

 

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Effect: Mildly relaxing + Aphrodisiac

How is it?: A bit harsh on the throat, smells like cannabis

Pro: Cheap base for herbal blends

Best with: Kanna, passion flower, mullein

Benefits: fight coughing, treat constipation and improve digestion, also an aphrodisiac.

Overview

damianaDamiana (Turnera diffusa) is a small shrub with tiny yellow flowers. It is known for stimulating libido and is often used as an aphrodisiac as well as a relaxant. It is also known as herba de la pastora and Mexican damiana. It is native to Texas, Mexico, and Central and South America. It is primarily harvested for its leaves which are used to make tea.

History and Use

Damiana has been long used as a relaxant and aphrodisiac. Native Mexican Indians were known to drink sweetened Damiana tea and it is believed to be one of the original ingredients of margaritas.

The use of Damiana as an aphrodisiac has continued into modern times. In fact, recent studies have shown that it does cause an increase of sexual activity in rats, though it has yet to be scientifically tested on humans. Damiana is used both for its libido stimulating effects as well as for the somewhat narcotic effect it causes. The effect of the tea is believed to be similar to the high obtained from smoking marijuana but milder.

Common Uses

Anti-Anxiety

The relaxing effects of the Damiana plant is said to be similar to the initial relaxation of smoking marijuana, but Damiana is legal in most places.

As an Aphrodisiac

Damiana has long been used as an aphrodisiac. The plant has a stimulating effect on the libido and many users claim it can restore libido and desire as well as increase sexual energy. As an Antidepressant:

Legal High

Damiana is believed to have an antidepressant effect.

Damiana is often smoked or made into a tea in order to obtain a legal high similar to that of marijuana, but milder.

Methods of Use

As an Infusion or Tea

The dried leaves of the Damiana plant are often used to make tea. This is the most common method of consuming or using Damiana.

As a Smoking Blend

Damiana is often used as a legal substitute for marijuana. The leaves can be dried and smoked or bought as a prepared powder. The effects of Damiana can be obtained both from tea and from smoking. Superpotent resins extraction can also be smoked.

As a prepared tincture

As the effects of Damiana become more popular and more widely known, the herb has been used more and more in herbal remedies. It can be bought as part of an herbal supplement. It can also be bought as a simple tincture and added to drinks to provide the effects of the herb without the taste.

Effects

The effects of Damiana are centered around the libido.

People who use Damiana report:

  • Increased libido
  • Feeling more energetic
  • Feeling less anxiety
  • Improved sexual fitness
  • A feeling of euphoria or legal high

Side Effects

Damiana is not recommended for people with diabetes, a history of breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or other psychiatric disorders. It should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Legality

Damaina is legal to grow, buy, sell, own, and use in most places. However it is restricted in Louisiana as of 2005.

Where can you buy Damiana?

Curiously, damiana is not carried by Amazon suppliers.
Luckily you can get it from trusted retailers like these:

Bouncing Bear Botanicals offers 3 formats of damiana:

114g for 9$; 454g for 30$; 1000g for 40$.

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Arena Ethnobotanicals

Arena Ethnobotanicals sells 4 ounces of damiana (112g) for 9.99$

They also offer damiana herbal supplements and damiana herbal tea

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