Lotus, the national flower of India, is also known as “Kamal” or “Padmini”. It is a sacred plant and a symbol of divine beauty and purity. All the parts of Lotus such as its leaves, seeds, flowers, fruit and rhizomes are edible and have been shown to have medicinal benefits.
In traditional medicine, dried Lotus flowers have been used to manage bleeding disorders, especially control the excessive loss of blood during heavy menstruation. It also helps in managing diarrhea by reducing the frequency of passing stool.
According to Ayurveda, applying the paste of Lotus petals or Lotus seed oil helps moisturise and rejuvenate the skin.
It must be kept in mind that excessive consumption of any part of Lotus – petals, flowers, seed etc. might cause digestive problems like flatulence and constipation.
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