Ancient Hindu and Buddhist writings linked the lotus flower to serenity and purity. Itâ€™s also said to have soothing and calming properties.In skin care, lotus cleanses and purifies, while providing the antioxidant protection that we gain from so many natural botanical ingredients.
Known scientifically as Nelumbo nucifera, the lotus (also called â€œIndian lotusâ€) is an aquatic perennial not to be confused with the water lily, which is an entirely different plant. Whereas water lilies have leaves that float on the surface of the water, lotuses have circular leaves that rise above water level, and blooms that are much larger than water liliesâ€”and often pink. Lotus blooms can also be yellow, rose, red, or white.
Lotus seeds have very hard, impermeable seed coats, and though they may sit dormant for a long time, they can still germinate under the right circumstances. Some have been known to germinate after more than four centuries.
The flowers, seeds, young leaves, and roots of the lotus are all edible. The seeds can be eaten raw or cooked, and are said to have a chestnut flavor. Ripe seeds may be roasted and ground into flour, or boiled to extract oil. They are also believed to have aphrodisiac benefits.
The roots are starchy tubers similar to sweet potatoes, and are good sources of vitamin B and C, fiber, and minerals like copper, iron and zinc.
The young leaves can be cooked as a vegetable.
Lotus tea is popular in many cultures, made from the flowers. Itâ€™s said to have diuretic and calming benefits due to the antioxidants, and helps manage diarrhea and cramping. The tea is also recommended for treating symptoms associated with gastric ulcers, and for shortening the duration of colds, headaches, and nose bleeds.
Benefits to the Skin
The lotus is full of compounds that benefit the skin, including antioxidants, flavonoids, fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Like most plant ingredients, it provides many benefits at once, but here are a few of the standouts:
Purifies: Use lotus on your skin and youâ€™ll notice your pores shrinking and your face feeling more fresh and vibrant.
Soothes: The lotus has natural moisture that conditions and hydrates skin.
Regenerates: Like hibiscus, lotus has natural alpha-hydroxy acids that help exfoliate the outer layer of skin, allowing younger cells to rise to the surface. The result is skin that can more efficiently regenerate itself to heal and restore a youthful look.
Calms: Lotus has an anti-inflammatory property that helps calm inflammation, reducing redness and acne outbreaks.
Restores: The proteins in lotus help to repair proteins in the skinâ€™s structure, restoring strength and elasticity.
Stimulates: Lotus helps stimulate blood flow, which can bring new liveliness to your complexion, and also makes this ingredient perfect for morning cleansing.MYNEWSHUB