The lotus, also known as Nelumbo Nucifera, is a type of aquatic plant species that is part of the Nelumbonaceae family. This flora is native to Southern Asia and Australia. It is particularly famous in India and Vietnam. What makes the lotus different from a water lily is that its leaves bloom above the water rather than on lie on the surface of it.
In Buddhism, the lotus signifies purity, spirituality, and faithfulness. The lotus is a symbol of purity because of its primary color and its ability to rise above murky waters without a single stain. Its ability to break through the surface of the water symbolizes spiritual awakening and enlightenment. The flower’s ability to overcome the physical hardships of dark pressurized waters and still rise beautifully is another representation of one’s faithfulness towards reaching Nirvana.
Hinduism views the lotus as a symbol of beauty, fertility, and eternity. Religious figures are often depicted sitting or emerging from the lotus as a sign of rebirth and immortality. The story of a small bud being planted at the bottom of debris-filled waters and persevering through all potential hardships represents a human life that is free of attachments. This human life is beautiful, eternal, and clear of unnecessary desires. This story also represents the process of having a child.
Lotus has an overwhelming amount of health benefits. The stem of the lotus is jammed packed with nutrients such as Vitamins B & C, iron, and zinc. Lotus seeds treat a variety of digestive, inflammative, and muscular problems. While lotus leaves are known to soothe headaches, colds, and sinus congestion. Most of the lotus is edible and is actively used in holistic medicine.
According to clinical studies, the lotus is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids, proteins, and polyphenols. When used in skincare, the lotus purifies, soothes, exfoliates, and tightens the skin. It purifies and soothes the skin by minimizing the appearance of pores and delivering organic moisture into the skin. While its natural production of AHA exfoliates and tightens the skin.
As you can see, the lotus is the ultimate anti-aging and skin balancing ingredient. It’s numerous health benefits make it an all-around must have. No wonder so many brands are discovering new and innovative ways to incorporate this superfood flora. Check out some Lotus-based skincare products below and let us know what you think of this up and coming ingredient.
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