Lotus tea has been recognized by many people of South and Southeast Asia for centuries. It is known to impart diuretic, astringent and cooling properties. The lotus has often been associated with purity and serenity in Hindu and Buddhist literature.
The lotus is an aquatic perennial plant that is native to India, Vietnam and other countries in South and Southeast Asia.
The lotus has a distinctive flower that comes in hues of pink and has a unique circular seed pod. It is commonly cultivated in water gardens and has become part of national symbols and emblems of both India and Vietnam.
The roots of the lotus plant are to be found in the soil at the floor of ponds or rivers while the leaves float on top of the water surface. The lotus flowers are usually perched on stems rising several centimeters above the water. The lotus plant normally reaches about 150 centimeters in height. The leaves of the lotus plant may usually be 60 centimeters in diameter, while the lotus flowers can have diameters of up to 20 centimeters.
The active constituents of the lotus plant are lotusine, demethyl coclaurine, neferin, and nuciferine.
Lotus tea can be made by infusing about 2 teaspoons of dried lotus flower and leaves in 500 mL water. Let the mix stand for about 5 minutes.
The following are the health benefits attributed to this tea:
- May help in the treatment of diarrhea and abdominal cramps.
- May help in the treatment of certain heart ailments.
- May help in fighting gastric ulcers.
- May help in the treatment of heavy menstruation.
- May help combat hemorrhoids.
- May help in the treatment of post-partum bleeding.
- May help in fighting syphilis.
- May be of help in treating premature ejaculation.