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Traditional Lotus Flower Uses

Tranquility, fertility, and health. Ancient cultures have venerated the lotus flower for its medicinal and healing powers, and widely used it in their cuisine.

Medicinal Uses

Buddhist, Hindu, and Egyptian cultures believe that the lotus flower intensifies and spiritualizes other flower essences. It allows the inner being to bloom and brings prosperity and fertility.

In ancient Egypt, the blue lotus was believed to induce an ecstatic state, sometimes accompanied by hallucinations. Blue lotus flowers were found scattered over Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s body in his tomb.

Egyptians still use the flower to treat illnesses and as a tonic for good health.

Asian herbal medicine uses the lotus plant to treat diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bleeding gastric ulcers, cardiac diseases, and other ailments.
 

 

Culinary Uses

The lotus plant has traditionally been used in Asian and Indian cooking. The seeds, leaves, and stem of the lotus are all edible. The flowers are used as garnish, the leaves as food wraps, and the underground stem (rhizome) as a soup or stir-fry ingredient. Lotus stamens are used as a flavoring and scent for teas, and the roots as a vegetable in cooking.