Nymphaea alba flower in a pond

Simon’s Nymphaea Alba (White Lotus) Guide

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Nymphaea alba (also called European white water-lily or white lotus) is an aquatic flowering plant native to Europe. It should not be confused with Nymphaea lotus, the Egyptian white water-lily, which is also colloquially referred to as white lotus.

The flowers of Nymphaea alba are, as their name suggests, white, though there is also a red variety . Unlike those of the sacred lotus, its flowers float on the water. The flowers of 10-15 cm in diameter have a slight fragrance and only bloom for a few days.

European white water-lily is mostly used today as an ornamental plant, especially the red variety (Nymphaea alba f. rosea). Roots, stalks and flowers of the plant have all been used in traditional medicine. For entheogenic purposes it is the flower that is most potent.

The red variant of white lotus, Nymphaea alba f. rosea
Nymphaea alba f. rosea – the red variety of the white European water lily

Effects of the Nymphaea alba:

Nymphaea alba has been consumed for hundreds of years for medicinal and ritualistic purposes. Today, it still enjoys popularity as a recreational substance.

The ingredients in the European white water-lily that enable this are the alkaloids nupharine and nymphaeine. Consumption of the white lotus causes mild sedation and mild euphoria.

Nymphaea alba has been reported to have both aphrodisiac and anaphrodisiac effects, depending on the source. Therefore, it is yet unclear how and which way European white water lily affects the libido.

The flowers of the European white water-lily can be consumed the same way as other similar plants. The petals may be consumed as a tea, smoked or soaked in wine, while resins and extracts can be ingested as is.


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 Nymphaea alba – legal status


Nymphaea alba is not a controlled plant in most countries. As a result, it is legal to buy, trade, possess and cultivate practically all over the world.

Neither the Egyptian white water-lily nor its active ingredients, nupharine and nymphaeine are on the list of controlled substances in the US. Several similar species, including the blue lotus and the sacred lotus are banned in Louisiana for human consumption, but Nymphaea alba is not (yet) regulated.

It should also be noted that Islamic law prohibits all forms of intoxicating substances and calls them an abomination. In countries where Sharia law is incorporated into the legal system, consumption of the white lotus to get high is likely also illegal.

Apart from this, the European white water-lily appears to be legal in every country. If you have conflicting information, please let us know in the comments.


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Buy Nymphaea alba – Europe, Netherlands

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Nymphaea alba effects


All parts of the European white water-lily, including its roots, stem, leaves and flowers have been used at some point for various medicinal purposes (folk medicine.

However, for entheogenic purposes, it is the flower that is most effective, as it contains the largest concentration of active ingredients.

Nupharin A, most likely one of the active compund in Nymphaea alba
Nupharine A

The main psychoactive ingredients in Nymphaea alba are believed to be nupharine and nymphaein. However, very little research has been done regarding how these compounds exert the effects experienced when consuming the European white waterlily.

Cognitive effects

The cognitive effects of Nymphaea alba are very similar to those of Nympaea caerulea. Thes effects are generally considered to be positive, though not very strong. Most users have reported feelings of relaxation and mild euphoria.

Though historically the European white water-lily has been used as an anaphrodisiac, according to more recent experiences it actually increases sexual arousal.

Nymphaea has been reported to have both sedative and stimulating effects. This depends on both the user and the environment. If sacred lotus is consumed in a calm setting, it can relax the user even further. On the other hand, if used during physical or social activities, it can prove energising.


Physical effects

There are rather few and mild physical effects associated with Nymphaea alba. Consumption of the plant in any form causes a “buzz”, a slight tingling in the user’s body. Larger doses can also lead to the inhibition of motor functions and the loss of coordination.



Dangers of Nymphaea alba


The European white water-lily is considered relatively safe in comparison with other entheogenic substances. There have been no reports of lethal cases or overdoses resulting from the consumption of Nymphaea alba.

The white lotus has been used for hundreds of years for medical and ritualistic purposes. Early medical textbooks also endorsed its use, though warned against the consumption of large and frequent doses.

The European white water-lily is one of the lesser-researched herbal entheogens. There are very few studies regarding the effects of use, especially prolonged use on the users’ health.

As a result, users – especially those trying sacred lotus for the first time – should be cautious when using larger doses. Pregnant women and those with any health problems would do best to ask their general practitioner for advice first.


Interactions with Nymphaea alba


There have been no reports of adverse effects caused by an interaction between Nymphaea alba and other substances. However, as mentioned earlier, the sacred lotus is somewhat under-researched, and caution should be taken when taking it in combination with any medication.

The European white water-lily enjoys widespread use as part of various herbal blends. It is said to combine well with wild dagga (Leonotis leonurus)skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) or its close relative, the blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea).


Nymphaea alba health benefits


Practically all parts of the European white water-lily have been used for their supposed healing properties, though this plant does not have the tradition that blue lotus and sacred lotus do.

Still, it has been used as a diaphoretic, as well as both an aphrodisiac and an anaphrodisiac. In ayurvedic medicine all water lilies and loti are used against bleeding disorders and gastrointestinal unrest.

Most of the health effects attributed to Nymphaea alba have not been proven by modern medicine. However, the plant was used for its anaesthetic properties in WW I, when German troops in Africa could get no substitutes.



Nymphaea alba preparation and consumption


The concentration of the active ingredients in Nymphaea alba varies from plant to plant. As a result, any recommended dosage is only an approximation.

There is also very little research regarding the effects of various doses of white lotus. In most recipes and user experiences, 5 grams of the dried plant are enough to achieve the desired effects.

Lotus wine is the traditional way to consume blue lotus. While this method does not have the same tradition with Nymphaea alba, it is still an effective way of consumption.

The petals of the European white water-lily should be soaked in either martini or wine. This preparation takes a rather long time – the petals should be soaked for at least a few hours, but days or even a week would provide results.

Make sure not to exceed the recommended amount, as using too much of the petals can turn the wine bitter. The wine needs to be rather strong, red or rosé wine with about 14% alcohol content is preferable.

Once you deem the concoction to be ready, filter out the petals, serve it chilled and enjoy!

There are other effective methods to consume the European white water-lily, though they may not be considered as elegant as the lotus wine.

The petals can be used to prepare a tea. The dried petals are placed in a cup and steeped in hot water. After 25-30 minutes the petals may be filtered out and the tea is ready for drinking. The tea is reported to taste somewhat pleasant.

The leaves or petals of the white lotus can also be smoked in a water pipe or rolled into a cigarette. However, Nymphaea alba is not reported to smoke as well as Nelumbo nucifera does.

There are also resins and oils made from Nymphaea alba available for buying. The oil is said to taste exceptionally good, and the resin extract is not too unpleasant either. They can be consumed orally by themselves or with a chaser of milk or juice.


Buy Nymphaea alba


Buy white lotus – US

I recommend buying Nymphaea alba at the following link:

Buy white lotus  /Shipped from the US./


Buy Nymphaea alba – Europe, Netherlands

I can’t personally recommend any European vendors right now.




Nymphaea alba experience reports


The following are reports by ordinary people who consumed European white waterlilly and shared their experiences online.

These experience reports are often called trip reports in the legal high community, though I reserve that designation to psychedelics, hallucinogens or deliriants.


“About 15 minutes after I finished I started to feel zoned out. I felt relaxed and warm. But these effects were not strong and nothing from a buzz came to me. I felt tired so laid in bed for 15 minutes and called my friend. Then feeling really mellow I played some video games and blasted Bob Dylan. This was great I spent about a hour singing to Dylan and just enjoying music. I still felt relaxed and mellow but then went to the beach nontheless …

– Excerpt from Fujiman’s Nymphaea alba experience report

“The first glass went down easily and its taste was pleasant but strong.After the first glass at about 20 minutes I started getting a bit dizzy.

+20 My hands started shaking a little. I feel them very light. It’s difficult to control them. A change of perception was noticed and everything felt soft.

+30 I am starting to relax. I already drank the second glass and I feel waves of nausea.

+40 With difficulty I drank the last glass because from the taste I felt like vomiting. My movement is normal and I can control it. Nausea has passed and now I feel calm and happy.

I felt lethargic and I went to sleep. From the time I slept the first auditory hallucinations appeared. They were short and from some of them I woke up. The first one that I remember was something like someone was knocking on my door and then fell down to the ground. The second was similar to whispers. “

– Excerpts from Tinkal’s Nymphaea alba experience report


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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 to research them yourself as well.

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Last updated: 2015. 12. 14.

Simon's Nymphaea Alba (White Lotus) Guide
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Simon's Nymphaea Alba (White Lotus) Guide
A guide detailing the properties, effects and the legal status of Nymphaea alba. The guide also includes experience reports as well.

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