Lotus or Lily
Lotus or Lily

Lotus or Lily

Herbal Verbals

There is a lot of confusion about the various types of Lotus and Lily and chances are there always will be confusion unless the botanical names are used. Lily can really only apply to the genus Nymphaea (the water lilies), but Lotus can refer to the whole Nelumbo genus as well as several Nymphaea species.


Nymphaea species contain bioflavonoids that act on the GABA receptors. This makes them enjoyable as relaxants and inebriants especially in combination with alcohol. These properties were known and utilized by the Egyptians as well as the Mayans.


Drink macerations or smoke to induce relaxation.


Nymphaea caerulea

Nymphaea alba

Nymphaea rubra

Nymphaea ampla


Sacred lotus, Blue lotus/lily

White lotus/lily

Red lotus/lily

Mayan lotus/lily

Nelumbo species contain apomorphine type alkaloids in the flowers that act on the dopamine receptors, and a number of other alkaloids in the seeds and embryos with activities ranging from anxiolytic to stimulating. These properties are utilized throughout Asia.


Drink as tea to boost libido and motivation.


Nelumbo nucifera (white/pink)

Nelumbo lutea




Sacred lotus, Pink lotus, White lotus

Yellow lotus



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