I recently discovered the amazing gotu kola, a plant native to tropical wetlands in Asia.In Ayurvedic medicine, gotu kola is considered one of the most important and spiritual herbs. It works on the higher chakras, especially the Crown. When it’s fresh, the leaves of the herb actually resemble the two hemispheres of the brain. And this is no coincidence… the herb actually works to balance the brain and provide it with more blood and oxygen.
More Benefits of Gotu Kola:
- Improves memory and cognitive functioning
- Treats chronic skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis
- Treats venereal diseases
- Treats fever
- Helps with respiratory congestion
- Strengthens immunity
- Strengthens adrenals
- Cleanses the blood
- Improves nervous conditions
Make a Cup of Gotu Kola Tea:
If you live near a natural foods store with a bulk herbs section, you may be able to get your hands on some dried gotu kola. To make a cup of tea, take a teaspoon of the dried herb and steep it in boiling water for 10 minutes.
Gotu Kola Skin Balm:
I’ve also been experimenting with some skin balms. To make your own, take a teaspoon of steeped and drained gotu kola and mix it with 1 tablespoon of almond oil, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and a dash of neem oil. (Neem is another amazing anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic medicine that soothes the skin.)
My Personal Experience:
After drinking my very first cup of gotu kola tea, I felt super relaxed and went to bed early. I slept like a baby and woke up a little groggy. After the grogginess wore off, I felt more vibrant than ever. Relaxed, alert and yet calm. I went to work and talked easily with people. My thoughts were crystal clear and coherent. I was happy and yet grounded. My cheery mood remained with me for the entire day. My nerves were soothed. So is gotu kola worth trying? Absolutely!