Gotu Kola is an herb native to India & Sri Lanka. Its reputation is almost mythical as it's famous for its rumored link to the long life span of elephants as well as the Chinese herbalist Li Ching Yun, who supposedly lived for 256 years. In traditional medicine, it was often prepared as a tea or a tincture, but can also be mixed with oil (AKA Brahmi Oil) and makes a very good massage medium.
Brahmi oil is used topically in Ayurvedic, TCM and Japanese medicine to treat skin problems, eczema, psoriasis etc. It strengthens the hair roots, relieve itchy scalp, dandruff and hair loss. Massaging it into the scalp is said to be a fantastic application for nervous aggravation and insomnia as well.
Brahmi Oil is made by sauteing 1 ounce Gotu Kola with 1 pint sesame oil until crisp. Sometimes Gotu Kola is combined with Calamus root, which are both herbs beneficial for the nervous system.
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