Gotu kola- the herb of enlightenment


Gotu kola (Centella/Hydroctyle asiatica) is one of the most respected medicinal plants in Ayurvedic and Asian medicine. Not only does it have remarkable rejuvenating effects on the brain and nervous system, including improving memory and cognitive functions but it is also used to enhance the effectiveness of spiritual practices such as meditation as it promotes calm and clarity and a heightened sense of awareness.

Eastern sages and yogis throughout the centuries have attributed their long healthy lives to gotu kola and more recent spiritual seekers are just as impressed. I strongly recommend a quick internet search for ‘Gotu kola nootropic’, it will bring up a host of really interesting discussions on its uses and effectiveness as a ‘smart drug’ and an aid on the quest for a deeper understanding of life.  However, its youthfulness promoting is not just confined to the nervous system. Some have nicknamed it “Botox in a bottle” because of its obvious effects on connective tissues all around the body. Not only does it promote tissue healing but it helps build collagen and maintains a more youthful and wrinkle free appearance and is a prominent ingredient in many mainstream anti-ageing products.

I have been using gotu kola quite a lot recently – on myself and on the rest of my family to help soothe nerves and boost our attentiveness in these crazy, divisive times we are living through. I can’t speak for them just yet but for me personally I feel less caught up in the drama, less reactive and more capable of just standing back and observing the madness. It is clearing the clutter from my mind which for me is a precious gift. I can totally see why this herb has the reputation it does as a ‘brain food’ and mood elevator – this energising plant deserves its lofty and exalted praises plus a whole lot more.

Centella has many more benefits to the mind, body and spirit (aphrodisiac, joint disease, circulation promoter, immunity etc) click on our main article on Gotu kola to read more on its uses, to purchase organic dried herb or tincture and for instructions on how to take it.

  • Please note there is no caffeine or any other known stimulants in Gotu kola.

3 thoughts on “Gotu kola- the herb of enlightenment

  1. I hope you’re now aware that you’re mistaking Bacopa Monnieri, the true Brahmi, with Asiatica Centella the somewhat skin-tonic like herb, that a small group in South India descided to call Brahmi as well to much confusion. Bacopa encourages dedrital prolifiration, with actually means the brain grows more connected as to the name. Herb of enlightentment.. Not Gotu Kola. It’s more like Herb of skin-ailments not much else you’ll see.

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    • Hi Stefan, yes I am aware of Bacopa and have heard it is exceptionally good as a nootropic and nervous system herb etc. From my research and experience gotu kola is also pretty good for very similar things as mentioned in this research article
      I have never used Bacopa as a herb though so might well try some. I am not suggesting gotu kola is ‘the’ herb of enlightenment, but I am aware of many who swear by its action as an aid to inducing states of mind that aid meditation, visualisation, shamanic journeying and similar. Appreciate your comment, it will help others identify which herb they need.


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