Lotus Flower And Buddhism

The Lotus flower is a herb that is associated with Buddhism and the Chinese culture for many years.

The Lotus flower is really an herb that can grow anywhere from 3 to 4 1/2 feet high and needs water to grow and survive. This herb contains a series of bulbous rhizomes, which consist of round leaves, which are bluish-green in color. These leaves can grow up to two feet in diameter. The bulbs are pear-shape and open into beautiful pink, white, or yellow flowers that stand just above the water surface. The Lotus flower is in the Waterlily family and is primarily associated with the Chinese culture. The Lotus flower has become a symbol of the Buddhist religion.

The round tan seeds from this flowering herb are ground and used in Chinese moon cakes which are made and eaten in the middle of fall in relation to the Chinese culture. Other culinary properties include a drink that is made from the root of this plant. The leaves can be used for steaming food and the seeds can be ingested raw. The seeds can also be eaten dried and rolled in sugar. The flower petals have been used to make a sweet shrimp sauce. Lotus root is used widely in Thailand and Japan.

The medicinal values of the Lotus flower include treating diarrhea, use as a diuretic, and also restorative properties. The parts used are the brown seeds, flower stem, and leaves. The seeds are used in a tonic, which has restorative qualities and the flower stem and leaves are used to treat diarrhea. The flower stamens are used as a diuretic.



In Egyptian culture, there were only two species of Lotus Flower that grew - the blue and the white. During the Late period, the pink variety was introduced into Egyptian culture from Persia. However, the blue Lotus flower is considered sacred in Egyptian culture. The Lotus flower is a symbol of rebirth because it closes at night and submerges under the water. In the morning, it resurfaces above the water and brings forth another flower in bloom.

In the American culture, the Lotus flower is known as the Water Lily. These flowers are found in stagnant lakes and ponds floating on lily pads. This flower is also known to repel water with its tiny hairs that are found on the flower petals.

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