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Blue Lotus … The Dream Weaver

Nov 30, 2021 07:35AM ● By Kathleen Gould and Madalyn Johnson
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Meet blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea), sacred lily of the Nile—a plant used by ancient civilizations, most notably ancient Egypt, which is making a powerful return to plant medicine in a big, uplifting way. Best known for its spiritual abilities, it has also been used medicinally to relieve anxiety, improve sleep, and as an antispasmodic—not to mention, it may intensify our dreams.
A few years ago, blue lotus flower began slowly coming (back) into the collective consciousness. We would hear someone talking about it in a nearby conversation; read a little snippet about it in some article or book. It quietly made its way (back) into the general population, and before we knew it, everyone seemed to be talking about and using this beautiful flower in teas, smokes, tinctures, wines and syrups.
As we all began researching this flower, we learned that it has long been regarded as a very sacred flower in many places on Earth, especially in Egypt, where it is called a symbol of the universe itself and represents spiritual illumination. The blue lotus of the Nile was the most sacred of plants, prized above all others. It was associated with the sun god Ra as the bringer of light. According to the lore, the world was originally engulfed in darkness and water until a large blue lotus appeared, opening up and introducing light and various deities into existence.
In this time of (another) great awakening, many texts are also emerging into the general populace talking about (or remembering) this sun god Ra, which is in itself very interesting. Coincidence? Perhaps.
Smoking seems to provide the strongest effects, but drinking enough tea or tincture also gives many people a feeling of relaxation, euphoria and a slightly altered awareness, much like a waking dream. Many folks say it gives them a deep feeling of peace, like they are existing above the earthly chaos; however, it is definitely not a hallucinogen. The effects are pleasurable, although usually not very intense. The onset is about 15 to 20 minutes after drinking a blue lotus tea or alcohol tincture, and almost immediately after smoking it.
If you are making a tea, try playing around with different amounts of the flower(s) and with different steeping times, as each physiology is unique, and what works for one, may not work as well for another. To get you started, take two to five whole flowers, or 1 to 2-plus teaspoons if flower is already cut up, and cover with boiling water. Then cover your cup and let steep about 10 minutes or so. Again, increase flower amount or steeping time to your preference. Lotus flower is slightly astringent, so many people like to add a bit of honey to keep their mouths moisturized.
Another wonderful herb that so many folks are finding helpful, especially if you are asking for guidance or inspiration at this time, is Calea, also called the Mexican dream herb, or just dream herb. Calea is a plant used by the Chontal Indians of Mexico to obtain divinatory messages during dreaming, as they, like many indigenous people, place great importance on dreams. It also has a history of use by the Mazatec people of Oaxaca as a ritual and divinatory aid, to help induce prophetic dreams and to hear the voices of the spirits. If lucid dreaming or out of body experiences are your thing, this is definitely one you might want to try.
Calea is used as a tea, tincture or can be smoked. Having said this, please note that this herb is very, very bitter and can definitely cause nausea and other digestive upset, which is why most folks prefer a tincture or to smoke the herb for the best benefits.
As a side note, many of us have a hard time remembering our dreams. One helpful hint is to always have a pen and notepad by your bed, so you can jot down notes should you wake up during the night, or if you remember events of your dream upon wakening in the morning. As the day wears on, we tend to forget these hidden gems given to us during our sleep. Maybe add a small sprig of rosemary to your lotus tea—after all it is the herb of remembrance.
It is believed that, due to their beauty, blue lotus flowers covered the body of King Tut in his tomb. If it was good enough for a king, it is good enough for us!

Madalyn Johnson (left) and Kathleen Gould (right)

Kathleen Gould, registered herbalist, and Madalyn Johnson are proprietors of SW Herb Shop and Gathering Place. Gould has been an herbalist for 30-plus years and has extensive experience in herbal medicine. For more information, call 480-694-9931, or visit or