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Lotus on My Altar

On my altar sits a slice of lotus root [Nelumbinis ssp]. Its beauty appearing as a sculptural fusion of stone-coral-wood, but the oil is much more-- a magical elixir. White Lotus blossom is the oil I was waiting for as a woman. I first purchased a few drops of it from Elixirs, an aromatherapy body & bath boutique in Taos, New Mexico. There are no words to describe the aroma. I could not identify any chemistry in it at all—it was pure essences in perfect harmony!

My first whiff was the Goddess in Heaven. I was momentarily transcended to the place where women are in full awareness, possession & acceptance of ourselves! Taos was a serendipitous place to first encounter this oil! The town is back dropped by a “silhouette of a pregnant Goddess” configured in the Sangre De Christos Mountains. It is the birthplace of The Northern New Mexico Women’s Health & Midwifery Center were women enjoy integrative OBGYN care.    

A Young Living specialty blend call SARA (Sexual Abuse/ Ritual Abuse) is formulated to help women and men overcome the affects of overt or subtle assault to our feminine side. It contains ylang ylang & lotus blossom, among other oils. Lotus is the Goddess  Principle in the blend: Ylang ylang is the Female  Principle. Ylang ylang eases the tension when the feminine & masculine are out of balance. It may prove beneficial when one is over-engaged in male-dominated, competitive environments. It may be beneficial when males or females need to reunite with their feminine side for a renewed sense of creativity, intuition and letting things unfold according to the natural rhythm of the heart. But Lotus is not of this world; it goes deeper & higher. 

Lotus oil has the effect of a drug, and a shock to be transcended by it so quickly. I felt a cool-silver light blow through my higher chakras from way above and shoot through my feet into the subterranean chakras- or maybe it went in the reverse. In either case, I was not of this earth for an instant- or perhaps totally of this earth! Then I was slowly reminded in my heart of a time when I felt truly cherished and of the person who truly cherished me (grandma). It reminds of a celestial purity that is destroyed by jadedness on earth. Subsequent encounters with Lotus oil were not so shocking. Savor your first whiffs!    

Lotus oil is so expensive it will not be stocked on any retail shelf. If found it will undoubtedly be highly diluted in possibly rancid carrier oil. The oil is considered Rare & Precious for two reasons. First, it is a special harvest. Symbolically, the lotus bud emerges from & blooms above muddy water at dawn, when it is harvested. Secondly, the volatile oil is difficult to harness.  Lotus oil is not really essential oil. For, steam distillation would destroy the fine volatiles in the delicate flowers.  It is produced as an absolute via solvent extraction and is one of the most expensive oils to produce via this method. The quicker but even more expensive process is hypercritical carbon dioxide extraction, which produces a modern-day Attar. This latter process leaves no solvent residue. The ancient probably prepared it as an effleurage, a tedious process of laying the flowers out on a flat film of animal fat, one flower beside the other and replaced regularly as they fade in order to extract the delicate volatiles.   

Lotus comes in three colors: white, pink & blue, each with different energetics. White lotus absolute is said to help promote tranquility, spiritual reflection and aid in meditation. It has a fragrance that makes the body unconsciously take deeper breaths, promoting relaxation and calm. The Romans used lotus in compresses for treating asthma and upper respiratory infections. Lotus is considered a sacred flower in both Hinduism and Buddhism. I would like to romantically believe that the lotus flower was reserved for hierophants like the Oracle of Delphi to induce her state of perpetual ecstasy - not lowly alkane gas emissions from the earth. A research article explains that the ethonobotony of the Nelumbinis genus is so complex, with so many species that it is difficult to determine which one (if lotus at all) was used in ancient ritual to indeed induce ecstasy!     

Integrative  Medicine  Tip: Cathy Margolin LAc (2010) writes that the flower is known to treat bleeding disorders, irritability, fevers, and to reduce excessive dreaming.  I do not see lotus blossom in Bensky, but 8 other parts of the lotus plant are listed for their medicine qualities- leaf, root, rhizome, seed, stamen, stem, bud, even juice & starch:

  • STEM/ liang geng (Nelumbinis caulis) & lian fang (N. Receptaculum) 
           summerheat-damp, unblocks the flow of qi,  expand the chest.

  • LEAF/ He ye (N. folium)
           summerheat, raises the clear yang of the Spleen, stop heat
           stagnation bleeding in the lower jiao. 

  • RHIZOMEou jie (N. nodusrhizomatis)
           astringes many types of bleeding associated with Lung or Stomach
           heat.

  • RHIZOME  JUICE, FRESH/ xian ou jie (N. nodusrhizomatis recens)
           thirst and dryness associated with taiyin warm pathogens.

  • BUD/ lian zi xin (N. plumula)
           drains heart fire, stops bleeding, binds essence.

  • BUD/ lian fang (N. receptaculum)
           This part of the lotus stem disperses blood stasis, dispels damp   
           summer-heat.

  • SEED/ lian zi ( N. semen)
           tonifies the Spleen, stops diarrhea, tones the Kidney, stabilizes  
           the essence, nourishes the Heart, calms the spirit, cools
           the blood, clears Heart heat, rids the heart of meanness &
           cruelty. Endearingly called Buddha’s Heart

  • STAMEN/ lian xu (N. stamen)
           clears heat, stabilizes the Kidney, stops bleeding.     

  • ROOT  STARCH / Ou fen


* Check your sources for cautions & considerations, and route & dosing before using EOs. Especially during pregancy; on small children & infants; the elderly & weak; and those with epilepsy & neuro-muscular diseases.

References
Margolin, C. (2010). Flowers used in Chinese herbal medicine. Retrieved from
     http://www.wellsphere.com/complementary-alternativemedicine-article/flowers-used-in
     chinese-herbal-medicine/1128635


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