Gotu kola also known as centella asiatica or Brahmi in Ayurvedic medicine is a herb thats native to south east Asia. The name Brahmi meaning ‘greatest of the great’ and is one of the most powerful of the rejuvenating herbs in ancient medicine. It comes from the same family as parsley it has years of history in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine.
I first discovered it during a slightly strange herbal bathing experience that followed an Ayurvedic treatment I’d had in india. It involved me sitting awkwardly naked while a kind woman poured buckets of hot water and herbs over me!! A surprisingly nurturing experience. When I enquired about what was in this herbal concoction I was introduced to Gotu kola.
This herb Gotu kola has been used in Ayurveda for centuries to treat a number of skin conditions such as acne and dermatitis, scars and even aging.
It is widely used in tradition Chinese medicines to treat colds and viruses. In Sri Lanka its referred to as the herb as longevity as it is a favourite snack for elephants which are known for the long life span.
The reason Gotu kola is so affective is down to its many potent compounds. Asiatic acid, madecassic acid and asiaticoside. The most potent being pentacyclic triterpenes.
They have potent antioxidant properties, help reduce swelling, can help the production of connective tissue and even assist with the formation of new blood vessels.
As the herb increases blood supply to connective tissue and increases protein growth in the skin it can actual promote the growth of new skin and even repair damaged skin.
Several studies have shown impressive results while using Gotu kola for various skin care and healing applications.
It is proven to significantly increase the percentage of collagen and cell layer fibronection. Therefore has been renamed Botox in a bottle in the skin care world!
To find out for yourself try it in our lavender night serum and mango and orange oil cleanser.