Gotu kola, Centella Asiatica, is an herb that is commonly used in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. It has many names, also being known as Indian pennywort, brahmi, bachelor’s buttons, penny grass and spade leaf. Gotu kola is a perennial herb native to India, Sri Lanka, and Northern Australia.
In Ayurvedic medicine, gotu kola has been used for thousands of years, to treat infected wounds, syphilis, eczema, psoriasis, lupus, and female disorders. Gotu kola is also used to treat bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections.
Gotu kola also contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B6 as well as calcium, magnesium, sodium, manganese, and zinc. B vitamins help the body to produce energy and form red blood cells. It is recognized as a longevity herb because of its ability to penetrate the skin and help rebuild connective tissue, which in turn, has proven to strengthen hair follicles and promote stronger hair growth. For this reason, we included the extract of this powerful medicinal herb in our organic soapberry shampoo.
Gotu kola has been considered food for the brain. It has been used as an antidote for improving memory. Studies have indicated that consuming 2-4 raw gotu leaves leaves a day may help with memory and rejuvenate the brain.
Aids the Nervous System
Consuming gotu kola tea can have numerous benefits for the nervous system. It is used as a nerve tonic when coping with mental stress and fatigue. Gotu kola works well in relaxing the mind and can assist in certain nervous disorders.
Helps Protect the Immune System
Because of all its properties, gotu kola can help protect the immune system from toxins. It can help treat conditions like high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and infections. Its antibacterial properties give it the ability to help speed up the healing process of wounds too. Like we mentioned before, gotu kola can improve blood flow while also reinforcing veins and capillaries, making them stronger.
Improves Circulation and Treats Skin Conditions
Studies have shown it to be beneficial in healing and preventing blood clots as well as decreasing the appearance of varicose veins.
Gotu kola is also used to cleanse and purify the bloodstream and treat skin conditions like eczema. Gotu leaves can be made into a powder and applied directly to the skin to treat affected areas. Scientists are also experimenting with applying gotu kola to treat burns, prevent scars, treat psoriasis, and decrease stretch marks.
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