PERFECTION OUT OF MUD!
These plants intrigue me on so many levels.. the symbolism and spiritual aspects, their pure beauty and perfection, and the science of nature and how they work.
A. Notice the impressive cleanliness of each and every leaf a term called the “Lotus Effect”.
Botanists, chemists and nanotechnologists have extensively studied the self cleaning properties. They determined that the
microscopic structure and surface chemistry keep the leaves from getting wet. They also allow droplets of water to
envelope contaminants and roll them off the leaf, leaving behind a clean surface.
B. “Although many plants are thermogenic, lotus is one of only three(3) that is thermoregulatory, a characteristic normally
reserved for animals.”
C. “Frogs exhibit a natural affinity for lotus perhaps because of the heat flowers generate or the textured leaf surface
that is easy to grab.”
D. Food Source -”All parts of the plant (Flower, leaves and stems, seeds, seed pods, and root/ tuber) are edible and
commonly eaten raw, pickled, candied or cooked. Lotus tubers (roots) are as important for food in Asia as potatoes are in
the United States. They are used regularly as vegetables in stir-fry and contain a starchy thickening agent similar to
okra or arrow-root.”
E. All parts of the lotus are used for medicinal purposes, either alone or in combination with other ingredients.
SOURCE: The Lotus Know it and Grow it Book by Kelly Billing and Paula Biles.