Nymphaea caerulea | ‘Blue Lily’ | Dried flowers

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Dried Nymphaea caerulea from Thailand – the ‘Blue Lotus’ flower held sacred by the ancient world.

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Nymphaea caerulea | ‘Blue Egyptian Lotus’, ‘Blue Egyptian Water Lily’, ‘Blue Lily’, ‘Blue Lotus’, ‘Sacred Blue Lily’  | Dried flowers

Nymphaea caerulea is a lovely water lily of the Nymphaea genus, most commonly known as the ‘Blue Lily’ or ‘Blue Lotus’ (although it is also known by many variations, including ‘Blue Egyptian Lotus’, ‘Blue Egyptian Water Lily’, ‘Blue Water Lily’ and ‘Sacred Blue Lily’). Caeruleas’s vibrant bluish-white to sky-blue or purple flowers average ten to fifteen centimetres across and have been used variously in folk medicine, aromatherapy, and perfume-making and as incense. The dried Nymphaea caerulea flowers we supply originate from an organic farm in Thailand.

Although historically considered to be native to Egypt and other parts of East Africa, the plant has also long occurred in other countries, including the Indian subcontinent and Thailand. However, it’s most frequently associated with the Ancient Egyptians, who ascribed great significance to the plant as a Sun symbol (falsely believing its flowers to close at night and open in the morning). Moreover, caerulea was associated with the passage to the afterlife, the origin of the world and the deities Atum, Nefertem and Ra, the plant and its related rituals accordingly being frequently depicted in Egyptian art and architecture. Elsewhere, in Greek mythology, the Blue Lily is considered as a strong candidate for the lotus eaten by the ‘Lotophagi’ (“Lotus-eaters”) of Homer’s ‘Odyssey’.

All botanicals, plants and seeds offered by Arkham’s Botanical were obtained from ethical sources

 

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5 reviews for Nymphaea caerulea | ‘Blue Lily’ | Dried flowers

  1. David W.

    top quality addition to any good herbal mix , adds a sweet taste and makes your mix look awesome!

    • Arkham’s

      We think these flowers are really beautifully coloured too!

  2. Ben C.

    Walk like an Egyptian!

    • Arkham’s

      🙂 “Foreign types with the hookah pipes say / Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh”…

  3. Christian

    Excellent quality product. Hand written label was a nice touch! No complaints here.

    • Arkham’s

      Hey Christian, thanks for your feedback! The hand-written label was due to the printer being packed away while we relocated, but maybe we should save on ink (and the environment) entirely in future… All the best!

  4. Anonymous

    Not tried yet, but looks to be good quality

  5. Ben C.

    Beautiful looking product, as described.

    • Arkham’s

      Thanks Ben, it’s truly a gorgeous species!

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