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ESSENTIAL OILS - INDIAN LOTUS ABSOLUTE (NELUMBO NUCIFERA)

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Information submited: 2014-03-12 Modified: 2018-03-13 By: 1
Botanical Name: Nelumbo nucifera

Common Method of Extraction: Food Grade Solvent Extraction. Lotus Absolute in Kampur.

Part Typically Used: Blossoms

Color: Very dark, orange-red

Consistency: Viscous liquid. A molasses-like consistency that may require special use instructions to blend.

Perfumery Note: Top

Strength of Initial Aroma: A honeyed, very intense floral, earthy and somewhat sweet, with ripe-fruit and coumarin-like undertones, a tenacious, deep richness, and a soft yet bold green top note.

Lotus Absolute white and Pink is actually cultivated and extracted in South India. The Pure Lotus Absolute is very nice perfume ingredient.

Nelumbo Nucifera, also known as Indian Lotus, Sacred Lotus, Bean of India, or Simply Lotus, is one of two species of aquatic plant in the family Nelumbonaceae. This plant is an aquatic perennial. Under favorable circumstances its seeds may remain viable for many years, with the oldest recorded Lotus germination being from that of seeds 1,300 years old recovered from a dry lakebed in northeastern China.

The plant normally grows up to a height of about 150 cm and a horizontal spread of up to 3 meters, but some unverified reports place the height as high as over 5 meters. Researchers report that the Lotus has the remarkable ability to regulate the temperature of its flowers to within a narrow range just as humans and other warm blooded animals do.

An individual Lotus can live for over a thousand years and has the rare ability to revive into activity after stasis. In 1994, a seed from a Sacred Lotus, dated at roughly 1,300 years old ± 270 years, was successfully germinated.

The White Lotus, Nelumbo Nucifera is revered as the sacred lotus of Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and Egyptian cultures and is native to India, Tibet and other warm parts of Asia to Australia.

The Lotus plant is cited extensively within Puranic and Vedic literature. Hindus revere it with the divinities Vishnu and Lakshmi often portrayed on a Pink Lotus in iconography. In the representation of Vishnu as Padmanabha (Lotus Navel), a Lotus issues from his navel with Brahma on it.

It is also the national flower of India and Vietnam.

Nelumbo Nucifera flowers are usually obtained through a process of solvent extraction. The resulting oil is so highly concentrated and potent that very small amounts can be used for aromatherapy purposes. Due to the high cost of the extraction process, it is one of the most expensive oil on the market. It's a very expensive absolute it cost around 6000 dollar a kilo.

Absolutes are usually more concentrated than essential oils. Also, the efficiency and low temperature of the extraction process helps prevent damage to the fragrant compounds. With a good understanding of the solvent they are using, extractors can produce absolutes with aromas closer to the original plant product.

The Sacred Lotus (Nelumbo Nucifera) is one of the most important and attractive wetland plant species in India.                                              

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Information submited: 2015-01-29 Modified: 2018-03-13 By: 1
Lotus is the national flower of India. No other plant figures so prominently in Asian religions as the Lotus. Both Hindus and Buddhists regard it as a sacred symbol and use it not only in offerings but also in countless art forms.

In Buddhist symbolism, the lotus represents purity of the body, speech, and mind as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. According to legend, Gautama Buddha was born with the ability to walk, and lotus flowers bloomed everywhere he stepped.

The Chakras of the body are visualized in meditation as different petaled Lotuses. The Pink Lotus gently opens emotional knots of the heart.

Lotus absolute is considered sacred by the Hindus for its exquisite perfume and its ability to beckon the mind into stillness, clarity, and devotion.

Pink Lotus (Nelumbo Nucifera) possesses an amazing ability to flourish in a variety of environments ranging from clear ponds to muddy marshes. How can the flowers be so pure and delicate above the waters while its roots are in the mud. It's mystical, like a symbol, that something good can come after darkness. Lotus symbolizes purity, beauty, majesty, grace, fertility, wealth, richness, knowledge and serenity Lotus is a sacred flower for Hindus and Buddhists.

Lotus is a symbol of enlightenment, its beauty considered a medicine for the soul. A mystical, magical ingredient indeed is Lotus in the creation of the finest anointing oils and sacred perfumes.
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