Also commonly known as Centella, Gotu Kola is a small herbaceous annual plant native to India, Sri Lanka and large parts of Australasia.
In Sri Lanka, Gotu Kola is used as a leafy green herb in cooking, usually as a malluma (a traditional accompaniment to rice and curry), and is said to be very nutritious.
Traditionally Gotu Kola is recognised for its many health benefits as an adaptogen, an antibacterial, an antiviral and an anti-inflammatory.
This versatile herb is also recognised as a rejuvenating nervine and is thus used as a neural tonic in nerve disorders, epilepsy, senility and premature ageing.
In traditional folk medicine Gotu Kola is said to improve circulation and memory, as well as combat stress and depression.
A range of other conditions are also treated in herbal medicine by this adaptable plant, including high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, varicose veins, rheumatism, urinary tract infections, venereal diseases and hepatitis, as well as minor burns, scars and skin ulcers.
And in Ayurvedic medicine, Gotu Kola is regarded as one of the most effective rejuvenating herbs and a powerful tonic for the immune system.
Directions for use: Up to a teaspoon of Earthfare Organic Gotu Kola a day mixed well in a glass of milk, juice or a smoothie.
For further information on the properties and use of Gotu Kola we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.