Brahmi (Scientific name – Bacopa monnieri) is a herb that grows abundantly in wet, marshy lands. It is abundantly seen in various parts of Australia, India, Europe, Asia, India and South America.
The health benefits of Brahmi leaves include the below.
Benefits for the nervous system
It is truly a precious herb and that is probably it is also known as ‘herb of grace’ in some countries. The plant has lovely tiny flowers and is often mistaken for Gotu Kola which is also beneficial for the nervous systems, Brahmi has a large number of benefits that can help to strengthen the nervous system of humans. Indian Pennywort is a creeping herb and can cure various problems relating to the nervous system like Alzheimer’s and dementia. The properties present in Brahmi is known to re-build brain tissue and this in turn can prevent and cure Alzheimer’s disease. The leaves of Brahmi can also prevent memory loss and improve the overall health.
For hair health
Often confused with Gotu Kola (Vallarai in Tamil), Brahmi has tiny leaves and small white flowers. It can be used topically to reduce hair fall and to promote hair growth. A hair oil made with Brahmi leaves and coconut oil can be massaged into the scalp every day to strengthen the roots, reduce stress and stop hair fall.
Studies show that Brahmi leaves when consumed internally or applied topically can help to reduce signs of depression. It can also help to improve the quality of sleep and cure symptoms of insomnia. It is these amazing properties due to which Neer Brahmi has been specified in various texts such as the Vedas and in texts of Ayurveda.
Brahmi leaves can be crushed and boiled with coconut oil to make a natural oil. Application of this oil can reduce stress, anxiety and can cure insomnia. It also improves quality of sleep and treats depression.
For mental health
Tonics made using Brahmi leaves improves cognitive abilities and can be given to kids or adults to sharpen memory. It helps to improve concentration, alertness, brain function, recall and works as a neuro protector.
Studies performed using Brahmi leaves on rats suggest that he leaves can be used as corrective measures for the treatment of epilepsy and hypoxia. The study showed that the rats treated with Bacopa had significant reduction in the number of seizures experienced. There was evidence that showed the properties led to GABA simulation in the rats and this resulted in controlling seizures.
Source: Dr. Pack’s Summary #439 “Decreased GABA Receptor in the Striatum and Spatial Recognition Memory Deficit in Epileptic Rats: Effect of Bacopa Monnieri and Bacoside-A.” J Ethnopharmacol. 2010 Jul 20;130:(2):255-61.
Mathew J, et al. Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, Kerala, India.
A tea can be made using the leaves of Brahmi using the steps below:
- Take about 200 ml water in a pan and boil well.
- When the water boils, add about 25-30 semi-crushed leaves of Brahmi.
- Allow the leaves to boil in water for about 5 minutes.
- Switch off.
- Add palm sugar and stir while the water is still hot.
- Strain to get the tea.
Brahmi leaves can be consumed in powdered form every day. This will ensure healthier functioning of the lungs, liver, kidney and brain. Half a teaspoon of powdered Brahmi can mixed in 200 ml warm water and consumed in the form of a tea. You can add palm sugar or honey for added taste.
Bacopa monnieri can also be used to reduce symptoms of impotence and improve sexual drive. This is due to the aphrodisiac properties of the little leaves.
Leaves of Brahmi can help to cure respiratory illnesses such as bronchial diseases, tuberculosis, cough, and asthma. Regular consumption of Brahmi can prevent the occurrence of common cold in children. They can also build immunity due to the presence of anti-oxidants in them.
Older people can consume the tea regularly for health of the nervous system, to prevent or delay loss of memory power and for overall well-being.