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Lotus

Therapeutic Profile + Benefits

Lotus has been widely used as an aphrodisiac, hypnotic, sedative, and spiritual tool for thousands of years. In particular, the Egyptians would smoke Lotus resins with opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) to avoid opioid addiction and neurotoxicity. Intoxicating fermented brews of Mandrake and Blue Lotus were also employed to induce prophetic visionary states that would assist the user in laying down in a death like sleep to pass through the realms of the underworld, and wake up "resurrected" to a new enlightened state that was said to unify the lands of Upper and Lower Egypt - symbols for the Above and Below - Inside and Out - Consciousness and Matter. Beyond the stories chiseled into stone and tomb, we now have our modern understanding of what compounds Blue Lotus contains and how those organic extractions affect our bodies and minds. Blue Lotus is now known to add major therapeutic value to conditions such as:   

 

  • Depression

  • Focus

  • Motor control

  • Sex drive

  • Addiction

  • Motivation

  • Anxiety

  • Lucid dreaming

  • Suicide

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Schizophrenia

  • ADD/ADHD

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Hoarding

  • Seizures

  • Erectile Dysfunction

  • Memory

  • Parkinsons

  • Heart arrhythmia 

  • Hormone imbalance 

  • Menstruation

  • Melanoma

  • Longevity

  • Genetic disorder

  • Mitochondrial function

  • Neurotransmitter balance

Addiction & Substance Abuse:
Lotus contains two major alkaloids within it, Aporphine and Apomorphine. Both compounds are known to have powerful effects on Dopamine receptor sites found within the limbic system of the brain. Working together, these two alkaloids have powerful modulating effects of the dopaminergic system which can often times become damaged due to prolonged use of substances and stimulants such as Opium, Alcohol, Cocaine, Nicotine, and, Amphetamines.

Such substances are known to release large amounts of dopamine in the limbic system, a reward system area of the brain that is responsible for behavior, emotion, and motivation. In time, and with consistent use of these substances, the dopaminergic system can become deficient in dopamine and the natural release of dopamine from physical activity, eating, positive emotion, or sex can be disrupted. This broken dopamine cycle leaves the substance user to seek the drug more and more as to assist in the release of dopamine so that they may feel good and "normal." Using substances consistently to release dopamine can disrupt natural rhythms and upset body chemistry. The disruption of natural dopamine release and the overabundant use and release of dopamine is how a substance can lead to addiction or how behavior, mood, and eventually physical distress can follow with consistent use of a drug.

The Alkaloids found within Lotus have been shown to stimulate dopamine production within the dopaminergic system helping to restore normal dopamine levels. At the same time, Aporphine and Apomorphine work as dopamine receptor antagonists and agonists, binding with dopamine receptors to modulate their expression and then influence neurons to increase the amount of dopamine receptor sites found at the synapse so that the body can receive and interact with its own endogenous dopamine supply. This means that the brain will now be more sensitive and aware of its internal production and release of dopamine, gently influencing the individual to seek external stimulants less and less. 

The alkaloid effect of Blue Lotus lasts in the body for roughly 90 minutes. These alkaloids are excreted via the urinary system leaving the brain cleansed and replenished so that the individual has reduced their desire for external stimulants. The body can now produce its own dopamine more easily, reward itself, modulate mood, behavior, and cravings for addictive substances.

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Depression, Anxiety, and Mood:
A healthy dopamine system also plays a major role in combating depression and anxiety. Studies have shown that a lack of dopamine or blocked dopamine receptors can lead to a state of fear, anxiety, and even emotional eating. A damaged dopamine system means that the energy, motivation, and reward systems of the brain are not being properly stimulated leaving the individual to feel unmotivated, sad, fearful, or anxious. 

There are also dopamine receptors found in the atria and ventricles of the Heart. If these receptors are blocked or damaged by the overuse of stimulants (caffeine, sugar, nicotine, cocaine) and the release of dopamine still occurs due to a substance or emotion, the presence of dopamine can cause the heart to contract more intensely leading to increased heart rate, blood pressure, hyperventilation, and potentially a panic attack. Such a response puts the body into a state of stress causing cortisol to be released, the immune system to be compromised, and inflammation to occur. This could lead to headaches, migraines, or a general exacerbation of injuries and pain along with an uncomfortable state of anxiety followed by depression.

A healthy dopamine system has been shown to drastically reduce the release of cortisol keeping the body free from stress. The tonifying and modulating effects that Apomorphine, Aporphine, and Nuciferine found within Lotus have on the dopaminergic system mean that they can play a role in reducing stress, depression, and anxiety. In a stress free state, where the body is producing healthy levels of dopamine and receptor sites, elevated mood, energy, and motivation are experienced leading the individual to a happier more satisfying life. Such actions mean that Lotus may assist in weening off Antidepressants and Benzodiazepines so that joy and peace may be inherent to the individual. ​  

Focus, Memory, and Dream Recall:
The limbic system of the brain, especially the Hippocampus and Amygdala, play a crucial role in our ability to recall and remember. Healthy neurotransmitter and receptor function is vital to our ability to learn, remember, and stay focused. Blue lotus contains a variety of phytosterols, compounds that are helpful to ensure neurotransmitters fire properly between nerve synapses and work together to record information. This ability of Lotus to aid in focus and memory also translates into the sleeping state. With regular use of Lotus extracts, the user can strengthen their limbic system and in turn their recall, including dream recall.      

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Planetary Correspondence

Blue Lotus (and Lotus in general) was understood to be the Microcosmic expression of the Macrocosm, with each part of its physical structure being a reflection for one of the seven traditional planets. Its golden center of stamens was seen as the Sun, revealing itself in the morning as the sun rose and the flower opened. Its Bluish petals were representative of the night sky, abode of the Moon, that covered the golden solar center at night when the Sun was not visible. The long stem attaching the Above (flower) to the Below (root) was Mercury, the bridge between the two kingdoms. The large green lotus leaf patties corresponded to Venus. The edible seed pod was linked to Mars, and the seed in those pods embodied Jupiter. The Root that hides below in the darkness and waters of the underworld was correspondent of Saturn. Together all 7 formed a complete microcosm, which meant that Blue Lotus was seen as a physical access point to the entirety of reality and completion of the Universe. Each seven of its archetypes being representative of the seven days of the week and the field of Space-Time.   
 

Laboratory:

What is an Ens Extraction?
Ens extractions are traditional alchemical techniques designed to pull the essential salts using a 'secret fire' from a substance. Salts that would otherwise be lost during normal extraction processes because they are heat sensitive. What we call Essential Salts in alchemy are today understood to be Alkaloids. An alkaloid is any compound that contains nitrogen in its structure. All neurotransmitters are alkaloids, which means all plant based alkaloids can replace neurotransmitters and have profound effects on the nervous system and conscious experience of the user.

The Ens extraction process was made popular by Paracelsus (1493-1541) who believed that there were 5 Ens (latin: Entity) that caused or created disease within Man. These Ens were listed as:

Ens Astrale - the entity of Astrology
Ens Naturale - the entity of Nature
Ens Veneni - the entity of poisoning 
Ens Spirituale - the entity of Mind
Ens Dei - the Entity of God

Although there were 5 Ens, it was said that all of these Ens had their origin in Ens Dei - the entity of God. Paracelsus claimed that Ens tinctures could not only heal and rejuvenate the body but also bring the spiritual nature of man back into alignment with the ‘Almighty.’ This created a hardy foundation - anchored into source - from which the health of man could flourish.

Along with the Alkaloid content, Ens extractions also attract the essential oil and the essential spirit hidden within the plant's body. In effect, a finished Ens will have a full spectrum of the plant's medicine, including its salts. This makes the Ens process an excellent tool to extract a plant ally like Lotus, which normally does not produce a lot of volatile Essential Oil. 

​The Ens was considered to be a more artistic way in which to extract plant materials and was recognized to contain all the most subtle plant principles balanced in a perfected extraction to heal any qualms with God (Dei - consciousness).

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