Gotu Kola leaves (Centella asiatica) which are known as Vallarai in Tamil is a popular leaf for improving memory, to cure nervous disorders and to strengthen the nervous system. This leaf grows well in marshy and wet areas. It grows well in different weather conditions and as a result is popular in various native medicines.
Candies and soups made with Gotu kola has been used for ages to improve memory and brain function in kids. The properties present in Gotu Kola has been found to prevent serious conditions such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Due to these properties, they can also improve life expectancy, reduce hypertension, kidney health and to also promote overall health.
Centella Asiatica has been found to have properties that can increase the speed of healing of the Epidermis. It has properties that can improve blood flow and hence improve growth and repair of tissues.
Gotu Kola also helps in healing wounds by improving supply of anti-oxidants and collagen concentration. Due to these properties Gotu Kola can heal stretch marks, acne scar and scars due to wounds.
This leaf can also reduce fatigue, anxiety and stress. See here for the recipe on how to use Gotu Kola or Brahmi leaves to reduce stress levels.
The leaves of Vallarai are also found to be good for hair growth. In Siddha and Ayurveda, hair washes with Gotu Kola leaves are quite popular. They not only improve hair growth, but can also stop hair loss with regular use. A hair tonic made with Gotu Kola leaves (sometimes referred to as Brahmi leaves) is very popular in India.
In Asian countries such as Malaysia, Gotu Kola leaves are used to treat various respiratory disorders like Bronchitis, Asthma and respiratory ailments. They can also ease stomach pain, diarrhea and dysentery.
Head over and see how to make a paste with Gotu Kola leaves and use them to remove stretch marks. Tomato juice with high amounts of Vitamin C can help to improve the efficiency.