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The Healing Power of Lotus İDeborah Barr, 2000-16.  All rights reserved.

Most people are not familiar with foods in the lotus family which are very beneficial for immunity and lung health, and much more.

Lotus root grows submerged in the mud of tropical ponds. It sends up leaves and exquisite blossoms that float on top of the water.  The blossom is a Buddhist symbol of enlightenment.  The lotus blossoms, as well as its leaves, roots, stems, and seeds are delicious and valuable medicinal foods.  The roots and seeds are more readily available.  Fresh lotus root is more easily found in the fall and winter in the produce section.  It is beneficial for lung related ailments, diarrhea, and nosebleeds. It increases energy, neutralizes toxins, enriches the blood, and nurtures the heart.  Cook with grains, vegetable dishes, soups, or with beans.  See recipe below.

If you are unable to find fresh lotus root, you can substitute dried lotus root slices. Order dried lotus root here

Lotus seeds can be purchased dried and have a nutty flavor.  They improve lung health, increase kidney energy and overall vitality.  They aid digestion, nourish the heart, counter fatigue and insomnia, and sooth the nervous system. They have calming properties that alleviate palpitations and restlessness.  They’re also used for vaginal discharge, cloudy urine, or seminal emission.  They contain 20% protein and are highly nourishing.  See recipe below.  Order LOTUS SEEDS

Lotus Root tea is an excellent medicinal beverage made from powdered, dried lotus root. It is useful for coughing and congestion, and builds overall health and specifically strengthens the heart, lungs, kidneys, and digestive system.  See recipe below. 

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Lotus Root Vegetable  Stew

one cup dried lotus seeds 2 cps. root vegetables: carrots, rutabaga, turnips, winter squash
one inch piece of kombu 1/8 cp. dried lotus root slices
6 cps. water one TB. good quality wheat free soy sauce or tamari
1/2 cp. diced onion 1/8 - 1/4 tsp. grated fresh ginger

Wash lotus seeds in cold water, drain and cover with fresh water and soak 3 hours or more.   Cover dried lotus root slices with room temperature water and reconstitute for an hour or more.  Place kombu, lotus seeds, lotus root, and 4 cps. of water in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook 30 minutes. Add vegetables and simmer 20 minutes more.  Add soy sauce and grated ginger for last ten minutes of cooking.  Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and/or scallions.

Note:  Lotus seeds can be combined with beans, such as aduki beans, black soybeans, and others in recipes.  Use ½ cup lotus seeds to 1 ½ cups beans.  I often cook 1/2 cup lotus seeds and 1/8 cp. dried lotus root with 1 1/2 cups brown rice or other whole grain.

Lotus Seeds available at: LOTUS SEEDS 8 OZ

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Lotus Root Tea

Place 1.5-2 tsp. dried lotus root tea and a small pinch of sea salt in a cup of cold water in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, turn down heat and stir constantly to dissolve the tea, simmering 3-5 minutes.  You can add a little fresh grated ginger or a small pinch of ginger powder.  You can drink a cup a day in Fall and Winter to help strengthen lungs.  If you have coughing and/or chest congestion, drink 3 cups a day.  If lungs are dry and cough is unproductive or if there is a fever, add some honey.  This tea is fine for children too. 

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Healing with whole foods, for most people, requires expanding your idea of what healthy foods are and being willing to add some new ones. To maintain good health during the autumn and winter, use the lotus products on a regular basis.  If you have allergies, asthma, COPD, or other lung and immune issues, use these products regularly all year round.


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