The Blue Lotus, Nymphaea caerulea, the Sacred Narcotic Lily of the Nile, or Egyptian Lotus, was traditionally used in aromatherapy by many ancient cultures as a sacred aphrodisiac to promote feelings of well-being, tranquility, euphoria, sexual desire, and ecstasy.
It was considered an efficacious antispasmodic to increase circulation and produce a “divine” feeling of calm. Blue Lotus, as a fragrance, has been found in recent studies to be mildly psycho-active with hypnotically relaxing sedative effects that recall the fabled food of the lotus-eaters in ancient Greek myth. This sacred lotus was revered in Ancient Egypt as both a sacrament and an aromatic boon. In art and cultural ceremonies the lotus symbolizes fertility, purity, sexuality, rebirth, and, in astrology, the rising sun.
Ancient Indian mythology’s blue deity Krishna, the Supreme Person, is strongly associated with the Blue Lotus, having a cheerful, lotus-like countenance with ruddy eyes like the interior of a lotus and a swarthy body like the petals of a blue lotus; he holds a lotus in one of his four hands. In Buddhist teaching, the Blue Lotus, is a symbol of the victory of the spirit over the senses, and the preferred flower of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom. The life-cycle of the lotus represents the soul’s progress from the mud of materialism, through the waters of experience, and into the sunshine of enlightenment.