Gotu Kola Herb Powder
Botanical Name - Centella asiatica
Other Names - Asiatic pennywort, Indian pennywort, ji xue cao (Chinese), hierba de clavo, sombrerito (Spanish), mandukaparni
Origin - Sri Lanka
Typical Preparations - Dried above ground parts as a tea, tincture, ground and encapsulated, or made into a topical application.
Flavor Profile - Essentially flavorless. Lacking flavor on its own, pair this herb with turmeric, chili powder and other warm spices.
Gotu kola powder is the dried and ground leaf of an aquatic plant indigenous to swampy, tropical areas of Indonesia. In Sri Lanka, the leaf is cooked as a vegetable as an accompaniment to curry, rice and dahl, usually in combination with chili powder, turmeric, grated coconut and lime.
Powdered gotu kola can be sprinkled directly into foods, encapsulated or incorporated into skin care preparations.
Infuse in oil, water or alcohol for use in various skin care formulas.
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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