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Simon’s Blue Lotus (Nymphaea Caerulea) Guide

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Blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea), a.k.a. blue Egyptian lotus, blue water lily (or blue Egyptian water lily), and sacred blue lily (or sacred narcotic lily of the Nile), is a water-lily in the genus Nymphaea.

Originally, it might have been native to areas along the Nile and other parts of East Africa. However, it spread to other locations in ancient times already, like the Indian Subcontinent and Thailand.

The leaves are broadly rounded, 25–40 cm across, with a notch at the leaf stem. The flowers are purplish-blue and 10–15 cm in diameter.

Nymphaea caerulea is often confused with the Nelumbo nucifera, also known as Indian lotus, which is the national flower of India. They are not completely unrelated, but nevertheless are not in the same family. However, both contain nuciferine and aporphin – to which the mild psychoactive properties of the blue lotus are attributed.

It is traditionally consumed as a tea or soaked in alcohol – usually wine or martini.



Interesting facts about the blue lotus:


The blue lotus held extreme importance in Egyptian mythology. It was also widely used for both its mild psychoactive properties and as a pleasant incense by people of dynastic Egypt.

The sacredness of lotus plants in pharaonic Egypt was possibly also due to their cultivation as drugs by priests and shamans who used the plant as an intoxicant for trances and to make contact with the other world.

An Egyptian painting of woman smelling blue lotus flowers.
Blue lotus – a prominent symbol in Egyptian mythology

Moreover, the ancient Egyptian symbol of life, the Ankh was composed of three plant stems or petioles knotted together – reportedly, very likely from blue lotus.

Howard Carter, the famous archeologist who discovered the grave of Tut-ankh Amun reportedly found wreaths of dry blue lotus flowers (Nymphaea caerulea) in the second and the innermost coffin in the legendary pharaoh’s tomb. The innermost coffin contained a large flower collar with rows of lotus petals, a symbol of revival and reanimation.

Source: Symbolism of plants: examples from European Mediterranean culture presented with biology and history of art



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Blue lotus – legal status


Blue lotus, or Nymphaea caerulea is legal almost everywhere in the world, although in some countries restrictions exist on using and selling it for human consumption.

The only country I found where blue lotus is illegal is Russia, where it was banned along with the herbal mix called “Spice” in 2009.

There are no federal laws currently in force in the US that would restrict the possession or cultivation of blue lotus.

However, in Louisiana, State Act No. 565 of 2010 made several plants illegal, to produce, manufacture, distribute or possess, including Nymphaea caerulea.

In Australia, blue lotus (also referred to as blue water lily) is not controlled as an illegal drug, and it also doesn’t seem to be scheduled under the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons Act.


Light drugs available in free sale in Russia (Pravda online, English)

Louisiana State Act 2010, No. 565

Legal Framework Affecting Plants in Australia



Buy blue lotus


A picture of the blue lotus flower - Blue lotus - Nymphaea caerulea.
Blue lotus flower – Nymphaea caerulea

I recommend buying blue lotus and blue lotus extract online from the USA at the following place:

Buy blue lotus and blue lotus extract /shipped from the US,
credit cards are accepted/



A picture of a bag of mix containing blue lotus extract - among other herbs.
A mix containing blue lotus extract – among other herbs

You can buy blue lotus extract in Europe on the following page:

Buy blue lotus extract /shipped from Europe, Netherlands/
only available as part of a herbal incense mixture, if you would like to buy only blue lotus, check out a US vendor (see above), the herbal incense mixture is only good for smoking, not good for making lotus wine.




Main active ingredients of Nymphaea caerulea


The main active ingredients in blue lotus are reportedly nuciferine and aporphine.

They both possess mild psychedelic properties.

The structure of the aporphine compound - one of the active ingredients in blue lotus
Apoprhine – an active ingredient in blue lotus

The structure of the nuciferine compound - one of the active ingredients in blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea).
Nuciferine – an active ingredient in blue lotus



Blue lotus – effects


The effects of blue lotus are reportedly mild and pleasant. The following effects often reoccur in trip reports:

  • improved general mood
  • pleasant, warm feeling
  • a feeling of calmness
  • mild sedative effect or mild stimulation (probably dependent on the person, the situation and the amount consumed)
  • a pleasant bodily “buzz”

Blue lotus is also reportedly a mild aphrodisiac.

Blue lotus blends well with other herbs, smoked and brewed alike. There are recipes out there, that mix it with plants like wild dagga (Leonotis leonoru), damiana (Turnera diffusa), or skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora).



Dangers of blue lotus


Blue lotus is generally regarded as safe. There is no indication online anywhere of side effects of blue lotus that are worth considering.

You should do your own research nevertheless, if you’re pregnant or have allergies, diabetes, or some other medical condition, that makes it reasonable for you to be extra cautious trying anything new.

Generally, the best approach is to thoroughly research any herb before you decide to try it.



Nymphaea caerulea health benefits


Although anthropology studies suggest that blue lotus was used for medical purposes in ancient Egypt, modern medicine doesn’t attribute much value to the plant.

However, blue lotus is reported to have antispasmodic and relaxing effects, that make it a possible remedy for headaches, anxiety and certain muscle cramps. Still, it is likely not the first thing your general practitioner will prescribe for these conditions.



Blue lotus – consumption, preparation


Traditional ways for consuming blue lotus or blue water lily include brewing a tea of the flowers of the plant and drinking it, or smoking the petals either by themselves or mixed with other herbs.

However, a reportedly more potent and more interesting method is to soak the petals of the blue lotus flower in wine or martini for up to 2-3 days (or weeks) and than drink it.

Here I’ll describe a possible method for preparing blue lotus wine (or lily-wine) – a drink the ancient Egyptians reportedly fancied.

It is not rocket science, you basically need to soak the dried blue lotus flowers in the wine for a few days (2-3 days should do – but you can leave them soak for up to 3 weeks).

Than filter the wine, and it’s done.

Serve chilled and enjoy!

Note that it is the best if you buy dry red wine, around 14% alcohol (it needs to be a strong 13-14% red wine for it work). You can, however, use rosé as well. In that case, the colour of the wine turns a darker shade of red after you let the dried plant soak for a few days.

You can expect a nice, warm, calming, relaxing effect on top of alcohol intoxication. No “trip” in the traditional sense of the word, only a general sense of well-being.

My research indicates that 2-3 grams of dried flowers and 1 gram 20x extract/bottle should do the trick. However, if you only have the dried plant, 20-25 gram should be ok, for the same effect.

(Note, that concentration of the active ingredients can vary from plant to plant – what I described here is by no means an exact, scientific method that you should follow to the letter).



Buy blue lotus


You can buy blue lotus and blue lotus extract from the US here:

Buy blue lotus and blue lotus extract /shipped from the US,
credit cards are accepted/



You can buy blue lotus extract in Europe on the following page:

Buy blue lotus extract /shipped from Europe, Netherlands/
– only available as part of a herbal incense mixture, if you would like to buy only blue lotus, check out a US vendor (see above), the herbal incense mixture is only good for smoking, not good for making lotus wine.



Blue lotus trip reports


Blue lotus trips are not trips in the classic sense of the word. Nymphaea caerulea doesn’t induce hallucinations, visual distortions, or anything that could be considered “trippy”. Instead, its effects include a pleasant buzz, dreamy feeling and and a mild euphoria. But let the trip reports speak for themselves:

“Within 10 minutes the effect of the mixture was already hitting. My brother and I were talking about religion and spirituality in an almost seamless conversation, that is, where I would leave off he would pick up. At one point, we both stopped talking to comment on the effect of the “drug.” We both agreed that there was no mistaking the “high,” which seemed to us very similar to the affects of a good absinthe. We continued to talk for some time, say, an hour, but time—although there was no time-loss like there is on LSD—hardly seemed to matter. The peak came after about 30 minutes. At this point, my vision became “clearer” or “wider,” but this only made it more difficult to focus on any one thing. The body high, for me, was limited to my face. This is not to say I could not function on Blue Lotus. I could function splendidly, but I wouldn’t try driving.

After about an hour and a half we were near baseline and becoming quite sleepy. We chatted for a little longer before we went to our separate rooms and took a nap. I woke up two hours later with a heavy headache, which I sometimes get from too much sweet wine, and my brother woke up shortly after me with no side-affects to speak of. Overall, we had a pleasant mindful inebriation and will certainly try Blue Lotus again.”

Source: Erowid Report On The Effects of Blue Lotus Wine: Mindful Inebriation


“Most of the reports and information I have read on Blue Lotus refers to making a tea or steeping the substance in wine. I decided to try the tea option. I put approximately 9 grams in a perculator and let it boil for about 15 minutes. I then removed the boiled plant material and set it aside. I drank the tea over the course of about a half an hour, surfing the internet in the meantime. After about 15-20 minutes, I began to feel a distinctive buzz. I could not really relate it to anything I have tried…maybe the closest thing would be opium. I began to feel very happy and relaxed. Sounds seemed distant and there was a slight ringing in my ears (not unpleasant). Problems seemed unimportant, and I even felt a bit horny. There was a strong ‘hypnotic’ effect as well. The effects seemed to increase for about 1/2 hour, then stabalize. At this point, I decided to eat the boiled plant material to sustain the buzz. I washed it down with a couple of beers. This did seem to help sustain my buzz. After about 2 hours, the effects began to taper off, but I still felt relaxed and serene the entire night.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed my experience with Blue Lotus. I think it is a plant that is well worth experimenting with. The effects from 9 grams were somewhat mild, so perhaps a larger dose or a different preparation is in order. I do intend to try further experiments with this substance, and I would recommend it to others.”

Source: Erowid Report On The Effects of Blue Lotus Tea: Problems Seemed Unimportant



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Some of the information presented here might be outdated or incorrect (check “last updated” below). If you are planning to try out any of the substances, make sure to research them yourself as well.

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Last updated: 2015. 11. 18.


Simon's Blue Lotus (Nymphaea Caerulea) Guide
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Simon's Blue Lotus (Nymphaea Caerulea) Guide
An introduction to the plant, blue lotus (Nymphaea Caerulea). A general description of the blue lotus flower, as well as an overview of it's psychoactive properties. The article also contains a guide to prepare "lily-wine".

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  1. curiousgeorge says:

    does anyone know if the blue lotus incense (sencation blueberry) and Dutch orange show up in drug tests?
    these items are available to buy of the shayana website!
    i just wanted to know if they shown up in urine drug tests as where i work i get random tests!

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