Despite its common name, Gotu Kola Herb, or Centella asiatica, is not related to the kola nut, contains no caffeine and has no stimulant properties. Quite the contrary, Centella asiatica actually has calming properties.
Sweet, bitter, and astringent in taste. Energetically cooling.
In Indian Ayurvedic medicine, gotu kola is known by many names, including brahmi, which means
bringing the knowledge of Brahman, and used to improve mental clarity and memory, especially in the elderly. It is one of those herbs that is tri-doshic or brings balance to all three of the Ayurvedic body types, vata, pitta, and kapha.
The Chinese have used gotu kola to treat fever and respiratory ailments, whilst Americans have used it to treat skin problems in the 19th century.
Legalese: This product is not intended to treat or cure any disease or dysfunction. Combining some herbal products with prescription or over the counter drugs may not be advised. Always consult your health care professional. This product has not been evaluated by the FDA. Discontinue use if you experience any difficulty breathing, hives, or skin irritation. Not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing, or for children under age 18.
Please note: Anyone who has liver problems should consult a practitioner before using this herb.
Bring filtered or spring water to 212°F. Add 1 tsp of tea leaves to an 8oz cup. Pour boiling water over the tea leaves and let steep 7 minutes.