Everyday Magical Things ~ Lotus

The Lotus flower is regarded as a holy plant used only for the highest of spiritual purposes, a symbol of purity in Buddhist and Hindu traditions.

You can place a flower or its roots around a statue of Buddha as a spiritual symbol, and in support of enlightenment. It also represents a communion with the heavens, and thus if you feel you have offended them through the poor treatment of yourself, others, or the environment, you can offer a lotus as a form of acknowledgment to your higher self, and of your actions and karma.

Lotus oil, the essential oil, is also said to decrease carnal urges. A candle anointed with this oil was also believed to help the deceased elevate their souls.

In modern science, this flower has been discovered to Soothe your Stomach, Stop Diarrhea, Lower blood sugar and cholesterol, Relieve Inflammation, Get rid of Acne, Ease your period, Relieve coughing and even helps stop lung cancer cells from multiplying!

You can Boil lotus roots for 10 minutes and eat them to receive a healthy dose of nutrients. It is actually a common ingredient in many Asian dishes and can be prepared in practically every way.

On a level concerning symbolism, the lotus represents important willpower we must find within ourselves. There is a saying that goes: This flower must push through tons of mud to reach the light of the sun. It is an important lesson in getting through our inner darkness, to be able to experience our inner light.

It’s also a representation of beauty within a chaotic world. It grows from the depths of the murky waters to bloom into a beautiful, bright flower. It reminds you to shine your light, no matter where you are. Buy a lotus plant for your house to help remind you of your inner strength whenever you see it!

 

Sources:

http://www.healthline.com/health/8-uses-for-lotus

http://www.livestrong.com/article/547124-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-the-lotus-flower-according-to-ayurveda/

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