“The flowers that cause vertigo, the beautiful narcotic flowers.”
Nymphaeae, also known as the Blue Water Lily or Blue Lotus (though it is not a lotus), has roots in Africa, in both the Northern Nile region and Southern Cape. Motifs throughout Egyptian & Mayan cultures reveal a similarly sacred, divinatory and erotic use of the plant, suggesting the Nymph to be an entheogenic empathogen inducing purifying and ecstatic states.
This is an Old World narcotic, depicted in The Scroll of Ani (Egyptian Book of the Dead) alongside Papaver somniferum and mandragora, an hallucinogenic mandrake with anticholinergic properties. Likewise in Mayan frescoes the Nymph is depicted with magick, involved with rites of passage, priestliness, and passages between life and death.
Misunderstood throughout history the Nymph has become misrepresented as a global token of feminine fertility, when more accurately it’s gender-fluid nature shows the adaptability tonifying power of the plant. In some Northern American traditions, the water lilies were associated with the underwater serpent, and therefore with the ability to see in different realms.
Some theories now consider that it is possible the water lily may have even been the Soma written about in ancient Vedic records. The purplish blue colouring of the blue water lily suggests it is supportive to the Ajna, or third eye chakra, the Vishuddha or throat chakra, and the Sahasrara, or crown chakra. The Yellow colouring of the center suggests an association with the Manipura or solar plexus chakra, and the inner sun.
Nymphaeae has now naturalisted in parts of South America, the Pacific Islands, and Eastern Australia, where it is considered a weed in freshwater ponds. Drunk traditionally in alcohol or as a fresh or dried leaf tea, it can also be smoked as a dry herb. The plant may increase sexual playfulness, energise, sedate, tonify the digestive and reproductive tracts, and mildly increase dream activity. The bulbs and roots of some Nymphaeae species have been documented to contain nuciferine, apomorphine and aporphine (which hydrolises into apomorphine in the body). These show selective dopamine agonistic properties specifically in the hypothalamus, which can aid in smooth muscle relaxation and vasodilation in regards to erectile dysfunction, further accentuating its role as a gender-neutral tonic.
The water lily is both mucilaginous and astringent, meaning it is balancing to the fluids of the body, whether they are in deficiency or excess; it is also relaxing to the parasympathetic nervous system.
It also has a culture of therapeutic use in Ayurvedic medicine for namely its astringent properties on the gut, including aiding in treating diarrhoea, dyspepsia, urinary tract problems, and even calming feverish states or heart palpitations.
Flower essences are subtle yet powerful preparations which harness the vibrational quality of a plant’s flowers. Similar to homeopathy, whereby minute dosing of a natural substance is used, flower essences capture the pure life force of a plant through pure water and prana.
EntheoBotanica’s flower essences focus on capturing the tone and vitality of entheogenic plants by using alive water, pure ethanol, and crystal glassware with a high refractive index to bend and capture light. All together this aims to remove interference between you and the plant, allowing the water to be a clear interface for an unobstructed vegetal-human relation.
This product is prepared from home grown flora, prepared from sunlight, local Cooroy Mountain spring water, and preserved in 15% pure ethanol.
Suggested dosage: 7 drops morning & night for enhanced communication with the plant spirit
Please store in a cool dark place, out of sunlight, heat & air exposure.
As an empowered and sovereign being, please conduct your own research, or consult your health practitioner, before deciding whether a herb is the right plant for you right now, and ensure there will be no interactions with any medications you may be using. If you are self-medicating, and have any worsening of symptoms, please stop use of the herb and seek the advice of a qualified professional.