The lotus symbolizes feminine beauty, sensuality and sexuality. In Ayurveda, lotus, holy basil and bacopa are considered to be the most auspicious plants.
An aquatic perennial, the Indian lotus or “kamal” is the national flower of India. The lotus flower, what you might refer to as a water lily, floats on the surface of a pond or river while the roots reach down to the soil.
The entire lotus plant is used by both men and women for various diseases. The herb enhances general health and sexual vigour when used for a prolonged period.
Lotus is widely used as an aphrodisiac, pain reliever and memory enhancer. It is also used for stomach disorders, skin conditions and blood circulation.
Benefits of Indian Lotus:
- Lotus is helpful in controlling burning sensations, due to its cold potency.
- The lotus plant helps improve skin texture and complexion.
- Lotus improves mental condition and regularizes peristaltic movements.
- Lotus treats urine-related problems and maintains the body’s normal temperature.
- Lotus flowers are prescribed to promote conception.
- The flower stalk, mixed with other herbs, is used to treat uterine bleeding.
- Lotus, when taken with ghee or milk, is considered a general tonic to promote strength, virility and intellect.
- The leaf paste is applied to the body in case of fever and inflammatory skin conditions.
- The young leaves of lotus are taken with coconut sugar to treat rectal prolapse.
- The fresh leaf extract is used in treating sunstroke, diarrhea, dysentery, dizziness and vomiting of blood.
- The stamens are mixed with ghee and jaggery (an unrefined sugar made from cane or palm) to treat hemorrhoids.
- The leaves and flowers are useful in many bleeding disorders.
- The petals alleviate thirst and inflammation.
- Lotus seeds are powdered and mixed with honey to treat cough.
- The stamens are dried and made into a fragrant herbal tea for emotional uplifting.
by Ismat Nathani, Founder & Director CAISH-Education
Doctor of Natural Medicine, Ayurvedic Health Consultant