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Sacred lotus flower bud (Nelumbo nucifera). The sacred lotus is one of the world's most celebrated flowers. The plant has been used in the Orient as a medicinal herb for over 1,500 years. All parts of the plant are used and are reported to have astringent, cardiotonic, antipyretic, styptic and stomachic actions, amongst other healing properties.
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