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Essential Oil Spotlight: Blue Lotus

Blue lotus essential oil absolute common and other possible uses

Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) is an essential oil absolute extracted from the flowers. It belongs to the Nymphaea botanical family, commonly known as water lilies. Blue lotus has an exotic fragrance that uplifts and creates simultaneous feelings of euphoria and peace. Its aroma is floral, sweet, and rich—with a vanilla-like undertone. Its properties are sedative, aphrodisiac, and anticonvulsive.

An absolute is the most concentrated form of fragrance and highly regarded in natural perfumery. Absolutes differ from essential oils in that they contain not only essential oil but also a higher density of other constituents from the plant.

Common Primary Uses: Both aromatically and topically, blue lotus is used for calming, peace, and serenity. Topically, it is helpful for moisturizing and conditioning the skin and can be used neat (without dilution). But because the aroma is intense, dilution is recommended.

Other Possible Uses: Blue lotus may also be beneficial when applied topically to skin wounds, scars, and other conditions. Traditionally used as a perfume. Also applied for various disorders such as anxiety and insomnia and is called by some historians “the cannabis of ancient Egypt.”

Body Systems Affected: Emotional Balance, Nervous System, Skin.

Application and Safety Data

Use with caution if pregnant or nursing.

Topical: May be applied without dilution, but the intensity of the fragrance may warrant dilution.

Aromatic: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.

Internal: Not intended for internal use.

Ways to Use Blue Lotus Flower Absolute

Topical: Apply to reflex points and/or directly pulse points (including as a perfume), crown of head, or area of skin concern. Try adding 1–2 drops blue lotus to 1 oz. of facial lotion to improve its hydrating effects.

Roll-on Perfume/Skin Conditioner: Add to a 1/3 oz. (10 ml) roll-on vials. Fill remainder with carrier oil such as jojoba or fractionated coconut (FCO), both of which are nearly odorless and will soften and strengthen the skin. Apply to pulse points/areas of concern on the face.

"Citrus-Sweet" Diffuser Blend. Features blue lotus, jasmine and orange essential oils. "Floral Medley" Diffuser Blend. Features geranium, magnolia, and blue lotus essential oils.

Diffuser Blends: For a calming yet uplifting feeling, diffuse during meditation or yoga practice. Use the essential oil blends above (without added carrier oil) as directed in a commercial aromatherapy diffuser (half the number of drops for smaller diffusers).

Source: Modern Essentials, 15th Edition.

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