The famous blue lotus is not actually a lotus, but a water lily with gorgeous bright blue-purple flowers. It was beloved by the ancient Egyptians for ceremony, medicine, beauty products, and pleasure and is still used today in many of the same ways the ancients used it. In Egyptian mythology it was connected to the liminal times of dusk and dawn due to its blooming cycle. It was believed to connect us to the gods, nature spirits, and the spirits of the dead. The flowers and flower buds were a common grave offering in tombs.
Its active alkaloids are topically active and effect the central nervous system similar to our beloved medicinal nightshade ointments. Blue lotus contains aporphine (euphoric) and nuciferine (relaxant & sedative) which effect your dopamine levels.
In ancient Egypt the mandrake was sacred to Hathor and was most heavily venerated as a sacred plant during the Amarna Period when the fruits and flowers were used as offerings to the dead and to deities. During this time containers of ointments were worn in the hair and applied to bring oneself close to the gods. In ancient Greece it was used to spike wine for the wild celebrations of the ecstatic cults of Artemis and Dionysus and it was held sacred to Aphrodite, goddess of love and sex. In the ancient epic The Argonautica (aka Jason and the Argonauts) the witch Medea, who learned the poison path from the titan Prometheus, makes an infusion of mandrake root to give supernatural powers to the hero once he rubs it on so he can steal the golden fleece.
In modern folk magic we can use mandrake for protection, purification, holy communion, sex magic, ecstatic rituals, astral travel, lucid dreaming, shapeshifting, and enhancing divinatory arts.