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Nymphaea pubescens is a type of flowering aquatic plant that is found in most of Asia, and some parts of Africa. It
grows happily near abundant water sources, like most types of lotus plants, and can even be grown indoors under
the right circumstances.
The Nymphaea Lotus is common as an ornamental plant, grown to the flowering stage for its incredible beauty.
Nymphaea is known by many other names, including the Bean of India, the Lily of the Nile and the Indian Lotus.
Sometimes it is also just called the Nymphaea Lotus. Commonly, it is also called the Red Lotus plant, and it is
somewhat similar to the Blue Lotus.
The bright flowers of the plant make it popular as an ornamental plant for show, but the plant also has a long history of being used for medicinal properties and as a remedy.
While the Red Lotus plant, seeds, flowers and extracts can have a powerful relaxing and mild hallucinogenic effect,
Red Lotus is considered a completely legal plant in the majority of the world.
The use of the Red Lotus is new to most people, but the plant has been put to use as a traditional medicine for thousands of years. Correct use of the Red Lotus plant, usually brewed as a tea or smoked as a mixture, is said to bring relaxation and promote deeper sleep with the added benefit of lucid dreams.
Elsewhere in the world, the plant is also used to treat liver conditions, urinary tract infections and it even has some traditional uses as a powerful, natural aphrodisiac that can promote a stronger, healthier sex drive.
The Red Lotus plant is often used as a natural remedy throughout Asia, India and Africa. Its use for relaxation and vivid, lucid dreams are only becoming more widely known today.
The Red Lotus plant is known to have calming and mild hallucinogenic effects when certain parts of the plant are brewed or smoked. Other than this, the Red Lotus is also used as a traditional remedy for anxiety, insomnia and urinary tract infections.
Plant material from the Red Lotus plant can be dried and smoked for a mild relaxing effect. Seeds can be brewed into a tea, and then consumed for its effects.
The most common method to consume Red Lotus is through herbal teas and smoking, with the effect taking hold in approximately 15 to 20 minutes depending on your individual tolerance. As Red Lotus use becomes more widespread, the plant can also be purchased in various powders and extracts with a more controlled dosage than dried plant material.
For recommended Red Lotus users, begin with the smallest possible dosage for at least the first experience with the plant. Dosage can be increased gradually after the second or third session, but it is never recommended to use the first time trying something new to gauge your tolerance for it. Never assume “it’s not working” and take more of anything on the first try.
The Red Lotus plant is powerful, though might also be toxic when consumed in excessive amounts or with certain physical conditions being present. If you are not sure whether you can take Red Lotus, consult a medical professional first about the potential health benefits of the plant and your own health.
Effects and Potential Health Benefits
When certain parts of the Red Lotus plant are burned and inhaled, its effects can become apparent within approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Depending on your body weight and individual tolerance levels, the effects of the Red Lotus plant might affect everyone in a different way.
Traditionally, the Red Lotus is known to have many health benefits when the plant is brewed or smoked.
Nymphaea has been traditionally used for thousands of years as a way to curb anxiety and reduce stress. Scientific studies show that moderate consumption of the Red Lotus plant can be an effective way to aid relaxation in a natural way, with added benefits for the body at the same time.
Nymphaea is traditionally known as a powerful antioxidant and relaxation method, but one of its most popular uses is as a means to induce lucid dreams. Lucid dreams, or wakeful dreaming, is a way to have complete control over far more vivid dreams – and traditionally, this was often viewed as a gateway to other worlds and a way to open the mind.
While the WILD-method of achieving lucid dreaming is still as popular as ever, there are many people who could use a little more help to control their dreams. Studies show that the Red Lotus plant in the right quantities can be an effective sleep aid, and even trigger more vivid, controllable dreams.
The traditional use of the Nymphaea or Red Lotus plant is not just well-known as an antioxidant, method of relaxation and a powerful sleep aid, but the plant is also popular as a very powerful aphrodisiac compound that has been used as such for thousands of years.
Physical effects of the Lotus Plant can include increased blood flow and heightened awareness, as well as increased nerve responses and heightened libido. While it’s not something traditionally known as a “sex plant”, it can enhance the experience when used under the right circumstances!
Red Lotus doesn’t only relax and induce vivid dreams, it can also be used to enhance the experience of staying awake!
Contraindications and Side-Effects
While the Red Lotus plant is safe for most healthy adults to consume in moderate amounts, care is always advised when dealing with a plant or extract of any sort. Always take small amounts as a starting dose, and increase as necessary with extreme care and ideally under the supervision of a medical professional.
If you are sensitive to any of the compounds of Red Lotus plants, you might also experience adverse effects with even a small dosage.
Potential side-effects of Red Lotus can include moderate to severe:
• Increased Heart Rate
Should you experience any side-effects after you have ingested Red Lotus or any other compound, plant or extract, seek immediate medical attention with full disclosure about what you have taken (and approximately how much of it).
Nicolas ‘Axel’ Duval is the founder and content editor of this website. He launched Smokable Herbs in 2011. He later created the Smokably herb online store, which sells herbs and blends worldwide.
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