Gotu Kola - Herb for Menopause Relief and Anti-aging
Gotu Kola or Pennywort (Centella asiatica) is one of my favourite longevity or anti-aging herbs. It's very helpful for the "menopause stage of life".
I love it because it helps improve memory and treats varicose veins. Pennywort has also become quite famous in certain parts of the world as "the arthritis herb". It's indigenous to South Africa, India, Australia and parts of South America. It's easy-to-grow and makes an attractive little ground cover.
What Does Gotu Kola Do?
Like so many medicinal herbs, Gotu Kola has been used for centuries especially in Indian and Chinese medicine since the 12th century. It continues to be part of the ancient healing tradition called Ayurveda.
It shows remarkable antiseptic, diuretic, digestive and anti-inflammatory properties which make it useful for numerous treaments including rejuvenation, skin conditions as well as rheumatism and arthritis. In fact the Singhalese and the people of Asia believe it contains longevity properties and can increase lifespan by rejuvenating brain and body cells. Today Gotu Kola is also used in the beauty industry.
Gotu Kola as a Herbal Remedy
The herb contains chemical substances called triterpenes and these appear to enhance the formation of collagen in bones, cartilage and connective tissue. They also promote healthy blood vessels and help to produce neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers of the brain.
Gotu Kola Health Benefits
- The most common way to take pennywort is in the form of a herbal tea. Put 3 fresh leaves or 2 easpoons dried leaves in 1 cup of boiling water, stand for 5 to 10 minutes, then strain and sip slowly. It is also available in capsules, tincture, tablets and powder.
- Gotu Kola tonic is excellent for a whole list of skin conditions. For puffiness, thread veins, phlebitis, ulcerative leg lesions, hard swellings, inflamed areas, acne spots, greasy skin, sunburn, hair and nail growth and for giving back elasticity to the skin.
- Gotu Kola improves blood flow and strengthens the wall sof blood vessels which makes it very helpful in the treatment of varicose veins.
- Gotu Kola is also great for the treatment of scars and wounds with infections that have not yet reached the bone. The herb can be used both internally and externally while components of gotu kola have been shown to increase levels of antioxidants and help repair connective tissues. Bind the leaves as hot as is comfortable over the area, cover with a thin piece of plastic, and wind a crepe bandage over the area. Cover with a hot-water bottle and a blanket, sip a cup of pennywort tea, and literally watch the healing happen!
- For arthritis relief, take a cup of pennywort tea "The Arthritis Herb" daily for 2 weeks, then have a break of 2 - 3 days, and continue. You can also eat 2 leaves daily.
- Gotu kola makes a soothing cream for nappy rashes, itchy irritated skin, insect bites, light grazes, and for acne spots.
Simmer 1 cup of fresh chopped pennywort leaves with 1 cup aqueous cream in a double boiler for 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, then strain. Mix 2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil into the strained mixture and pour into sterilised screw-top jars. This is the most useful cream for massaging into the skin after shaving and for softening cracked heels and gardener's hands.
Gotu Kola For Menopause
- For perimenopause or menopause symptoms: Gotu Kola is helpful for boosting memory, improving intelligence, easing anxiety and depression and helps alleviate fatigue. Research has shown that it may even be helpful for reversing some of the memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease. In a study, 30 developmentally challenged children were found to have significantly better concentration and attention levels after taking gotu kola for 12 weeks.
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