Foods in the lotus family are very beneficial for immunity, lung health, and much more.

The lotus blossoms, leaves, roots, stems, and seeds are delicious and valuable medicinal foods.  The roots and seeds are more readily available.  Fresh lotus root can be found in the fall and winter in the produce section. 

These foods are beneficial for lung related ailments, diarrhea, and nosebleeds. They increases energy, neutralizes toxins, enrich 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. 

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.


one cup dried lotus seeds2 cps. root vegetables: carrots, rutabaga, turnips, winter squash
one inch piece kombu seaweed1/8 cp. dried lotus root slices
6 cps. waterone TB. good quality wheat free soy sauce or tamari
1/2 cp. diced onion1/8 – 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 tamari or 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.