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Glossary: Gotu Kola

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Gotu Kola (Go-too-cola), noun

Origin: India

Centella Asiatica (also referred to as: Brahmi, Indian Pennywort, Marsh penny, and Water pennywort)


Gotu Kola is a nutritional power-house, for sure, but first and foremost, it’s important to note that Gotu Kola is regarded in India as the most spiritual herb, ever. Gotu Kola has been used for hundreds of years by yogis and consciousness-astronauts alike as a delicious vehicle to improve meditation and expose clarity during profound, Self-seeking work. Gotu Kola is said to help develop the crown chakra at the top of the head, and to balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain, which the Gotu leaf itself aesthetically resembles.

Though Gotu Kola brags to plenty of metaphysical magic, it is also regarded as the most physically rejuvenative herb in Ayurvedic Medicine. It is a naturally decaffeinated leaf that fortifies the immune system, simultaneously cleanses and strengthens the adrenal glands, cleanses the blood, and promotes restful sleep. It is excellent for nervous system imbalances (i.e. the shakes, anxiety, unreasonable nervousness), and even in the absence of caffeine, Gotu Kola energizes the CNS to build up a gentle, sustainable flow of energy reserve through every bodily meridian. It acts as a brain tonic by regenerating brain cells, aiding in higher intelligence and memory recall.

Due to its blood cleansing qualities, Gotu Kola is a powerful skin purifier and whole circulatory system aid; treating leg cramping, extremity inflammation, and most powerfully, varicose and spider veins. This is all in thanks to the compounds of asiaticoside, madecassoside, and madasiatic acid, all of which beneficially affect collagen production for a supple complexion and whole-body softness. It strengthens the GI tract and has been proven successful in treating stomach ulcers and easing side effects of GI disorders such as IBS and Crohn's disease.

In China, Gotu Kola is referred to as the “fountain of youth” for its ability to speed wound healing, protect the heart, and heal, well, just about everything. Legend has it that an ancient Chinese herbalist lived for more than 200 years as a result of taking some variation of Gotu every day.

Honestly, what can’t Gotu Kola aid in? We’ve been steeping it into an iced hibiscus green tea every morning, and cooking it through our Sakara Gotu Kola Risotto. The herb can be found in leaf form, powdered form, and in pill-popping form. Whatever your ideal variation of herbal supplementation, Gotu Kola is a daily winner. I've always wanted a guaranteed activated crown chakra as a side to my morning tea...

(((Warning to the pregnant! — do not take Gotu Kola when with-child! It's powerful compounds may cause miscarriage.)))

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