Ingredient Highlight: GOTU KOLA
Centella asiatica, the botanical name of Gotu Kola, hosts a vast number of nutritional and medicinal benefits that can help support the entire body. It’s rich in vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, niacin, vitamin A, carotene, minerals, and some phytonutrients such as flavonoids, volatile oils, tannins, amino acids and polyphenol. Gotu Kola is considered to be a chief herb in Aryuvedic medicine and has been known to treat a variety of issues like skin problems, wound healing, nervous system and cognitive dysfunction.
This herb is used in the Beauty Tea & Cleanse > Renew, and I know it will find its way into future formulations. It’s smart and sophisticated in its ability to promote healthy skin both internally and topically.
Let’s took a look at how Gotu Kola can impact your health.
Referenced in ancient Sanskrit text, Gotu kola has been respected as a memory and brain tonic for at least 2,500 years. It is most commonly used as a rejuvenative nervine to increase memory, focus and concentration but has a lot of benefits outside of this. In Ayurvedic medicine, it’s also believed to improve vitality and lengthen life span.
Another remarkable benefit is its ability to assist in repairing and strengthening the skin. Its affinity for skin is understood through its ability to purify the blood, fortify the immune system and encourage new cell turn over. Gotu kola has triterpenoids saponins, which studies have shown benefit collagen by boosting antioxidant, increasing blood supply to the area, encouraging new cell turnover and strengthening the skin. It is also known to prevent infection, inhibit scar formation and smooth out cellulite.
Its considered to be a prime nervine tonic in Ayurveda for insomnia, anxiety and nervous system issues. Studies support its ability to improve mood with its calming and stress relieving qualities.
Enhance Circulation and Vascular Health
Because of its asiaticoside and madecassoside properties, it has been indicated for venous insufficiency. When the venous valves and walls are weak (lose elasticity), the blood moves in both directions rather than just toward the heart or it leaks out. This overtime can cause varicose veins, spider veins, swelling or leg sores. Studies have shown it has a positive effect on the circulatory system by both improving blood flow while strengthening the veins and capillaries.
Energetics and History of Gotu Kola
Bitter. Cooling. Sweet.
Tridoshic–Tonic for Pitta. Inhibits Vata. Reduces excessive Kapha.
In Aryuveda, its regarded as the most spiritual of all the herbs and said to open the crown chakra, hence being referred to as the “herb of enlightenment.” It shares the name “Brahmi” with bacopa, so be sure to check your ingredients when sourcing. This green herbaceous plant is native to Asia but can be found in Africa, Australia, Central and North America, happy to be anywhere so long as it’s warm weather with sludgy, wet soil.
Gotu kola can be consumed via tea, tincture, infusion, capsules, powder and in some places they eat the leaves or make a juice with them.
**Considered generally safe for all but should not be used during pregnancy or nursing without supervision. These statements are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult with your health practitioner.
Frawley, Dr. David and Dr Vasant Lad. (2001) The Yoga of Herbs. Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press