The Euphoric and Medicinal Properties of the Egyptian Blue Lotus Flower

*I am not a doctor or naturopath. Do not consume anything without speaking to your healthcare provider.

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Blue lotus flower is a type of water lily, known as the ancient Egyptian party drug, which is illegal in Louisiana due to its possible psychoactive effects. There are depictions of this plant used in Africa and South America. Scholars believe that the plant was used in religious ceremonies because of its possible side effects. Blue lotus when taken in small quantities can provide a euphoric calming feeling, it can act as an aphrodisiac, and is believed to have hallucinogenic properties. It is believed it may aid in anxiety, depression, diabetes, inflammatory disorders, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, the shrinking of glioblastoma cancers, and more. There are three different components to the blue lotus flower that is responsible for its side effects and its health benefits.

  • apomorphine

  • nuciferine

  • antioxidants


Apomorphine is a compound used to treat Parkinson's disease and hypo-mobility. (1) It is called a dopamine antagonist. It works with your brain and acts in place of dopamine that you need to be able to control your movement. Currently, doctors are using a synthetic version of this compound derived from morphine and sulphuric acid.


Nuciferine Is closely related to antipsychotic medication in structure. (2) It is thought to have anti-inflammatory effects and is a possible treatment for liver disease and type 2 diabetes. (More studies are needed to back up this claim, please speak with a healthcare provider if you have these diagnoses before attempting to use blue lotus as a treatment.) It has also been shown to slow the progression of glioblastoma cancer in a laboratory setting. (3) Nucfierine has also shown promising effects on the treatment of respiratory diseases.


There are a couple of different types of flavonoids found in the blue lotus flower.

What is a flavonoid?

This is found in most fruits and vegetables and it is what gives the flower its bright vivid colors. Flavonoids have anti-inflammatory and immune system boosting benefits and it is thought that they could possibly help with cancer and other ailments. (4)

1. quercetin

(Here is an article about quercetin and covid-19. link) A couple of different health benefits from quercetin are that it can prevent allergies and act as a prevention to infections. You can purchase quercetin supplements at health food stores.

2. kaempferol

Kaempferol is thought to be useful in fighting off cancer, liver disease, and other inflammatory driven disorders. (5) There are studies currently suggesting that kaempferol may help with cancer that has become resistant to treatment.

3. myricetin

There is promising research to suggest at myricetin can help protect people from skin cancer. Myricetin also has anti-diabetic properties and could be used to prevent Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. (6)


It is recommended to have 2 tbsp of blue lotus steeped in a cup of hot water for 5-10 minutes

My experience

Blue lotus tea, for me, made me feel joy. I did not experience any mind-altering effects with it that you would attribute to drugs or alcohol. The tea helped my mind and body relax and gave me wonderfully restful sleep. I would suggest this tea to anyone that needs a way to wind down and relax, if they are feeling stressed or anxious, or they just want to reap some of the health benefits mentioned above.

Here is a link to purchase it on Amazon, you can also find it on Etsy or herbal shops and some health food stores.

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