LOTUS LEAF / FLOWER EXTRACT
Scientific name: Nelumbo Nucifera
Family name: Nelumbonaceae
Plant origin: Northeastern China
Parts: leaf, flowers
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Lotus flowers are antioxidant, astringent, soothing, and cooling. The Sacred water lotus has been used in the Orient as a medicinal herb for well over 1,500 years, and is also an important religious, artistic, and folklore icon. It was brought to India from Egypt, where it was associated with the sun: the lotus, like the sun, opened in the morning and closed at night. It was also associated with the god Horus, who was often depicted sitting or standing on the lotus, like Brahma and the Buddha after him. In Egypt the flower was blue and white, and was seen as a flower of resurrection, and used in funeral rights and depicted in the artwork in tombs. In India it represents birth and rebirth; Brahma was born seated on a lotus flower. Lotus flowers are seen in these cultures as bearing prosperity and fertility, and allowing the inner being to bloom. All of parts of the plant may be used.
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