ISKABA Blog 5
EGYPTIAN BLUE LOTUS FLOWER.(Nymphaea caerule)
In today’s world where the pollution levels are very high, consumers are always attracted to cosmetic products which comprises of natural ingredients and extracts of nature. Natural extracts are also helpful in body massage and some forms of yoga.
Nymphaea caerulea, better known as the blue lotus flower, is actually a gift to the world. Originally found on the banks of the river Nile, the Nymphaea caerulea, also called the blue lily.
This beautiful blue flower is considered sacred by Indians, especially the Buddhists. Historians have always considered the blue lily symbolically rich and associated it with the ancient Egyptian culture.
But recent studies have revealed that it has healing properties as well. Nymphaea caerulea was used by ancient Egyptians.
Egyptian myth tells us that the primeval blue lotus was the first thing that arose from the primordial abyss.
The First Thing was a flower. A beautiful notion, is it not?
Because of this, the sacred blue lotus (technically a water lily) was a symbol of regeneration. The flower’s blue-purple petals opened each morning to reveal a golden center, like the sun rising each day.
Blue lotuses were given as offerings to the Goddesses and Gods, not only for their beauty and as symbols of rebirth, but also for their association with purity. At Isis’ Temple at Philae, a carved relief shows a procession in which large bouquets of lotus and papyrus flowers are offered to the Goddess while the accompanying text explains that the flowers are being used to purify the temple.
For thousands of years it was used by the native people as part of religious ceremonies in which they would use these sacred blue flowers to reach higher levels of consciousness. During third century, it was introduced to the conquering Greeks who in turn exported it to far regions of the world.
In addition to it’s use in perfumes, it is still used today as a mild sedative. According to Egyptian legend, it was such a good sedative that it was given to sun god Ra in an effort to sooth him as he grew old.