Uses of Lotus Flowers

The lotus flower (Nelumbo nucifera) is an aquatic, perennial flower that is native to Southeast Asia. It is an easy growing flower that spreads quickly and has many uses.

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The lotus flower has many uses.

Food

All parts of the lotus flower plant are edible. The flowers are dried and used as seasoning. The stems of the lotus are used in salads. The seeds are roasted or candied and used directly in soups and sauces.

Perfume

According to the Missouri Botanical Gardens, oils from the lotus flower are used in perfumes. The fragrance is said to elicit feelings of euphoria and heightened awareness.

Medicinal

According to the Institute for Traditional Medicine, lotus seeds are beneficial to the spleen, kidney and heart. They can reduce blood pressure and relieve diarrhea. The leaves are beneficial to the stomach and can help improve circulation.


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