Gotu Kola Herb c/s
Botanical Name - Centella asiatica
Other Names - Asiatic pennywort, Indian pennywort, ji xue cao (Chinese), hierba de clavo, sombrerito (Spanish), mandukaparni
Origin - India
Typical Preparations - Dried above ground parts as a tea, tincture, ground and encapsulated, or made into a topical application.
Flavor Profile - Essentially flavorless.
Gotu kola is a marsh plant native to India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar and South Africa and is a major agricultural crop in India, where the leaf is eaten as a salad green and cooked vegetable.
Use in tea blends and sprinkle into soups and salad dressings.
Gotu kola is also reputed to strengthen the crown chakra, which is associated with spirituality and one’s connection to the Divine. In fact, yogis enjoy partaking of the herb as a ceremonial tea to enhance meditation.
Precautions - Gotu kola should be taken on an alternating schedule with a two-week “off” period, and for no longer than six months total. This herb may affect how the liver metabolizes medications or increase the effects of certain medicines. Check with your doctor before using gotu kola if you take diuretics, antidepressants, diabetes medications or drugs to lower cholesterol. This herb should not be used during pregnancy or lactation or given to children. Also, because asiaticoside has been associated with stimulating cell growth in skin tumors in animal studies, you should not take gotu kola if you have a history of skin cancer.
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