Parts used medicinally: Aerial parts
Gotu kola is thought to help the healing of wounds. For this reason, it is commonly used on the skin to treat wounds, burns and other skin abrasions. Herbalists also prescribe it internally after surgery to promote repair tissue and minimise scar tissue.
What is Gotu Kola?
Gotu Kola is a small creeping plant found over large areas of Africa, Asia and Australia, to name a few. Its traditional use includes both culinary and medicinal use.
The leaves are considered to be a nutritious addition to the diet and are used in salads, side dishes and cooked in a similar way you would cook most leafy greens. In Thailand, centella is referred to as Bai bua bok and is commonly used to make a green health tea/drink.
In traditional herbal medicine, gotu kola is used to help treat minor wounds and damaged skin/tissue, thanks to its connective tissue regeneration properties. It is used extensively as a brain tonic and studies have also shown gotu kola to have good antioxidant activity, which may explain its traditional use as an anti-ageing remedy.
Did You Know?
- Gotu Kola stimulates the brain by helping to improve blood flow to the tiny vessels, thus helping with concentration and memory.
- Gotu Kola is used to promote the wound-healing process as it is thought to increase collagen production and angiogenesis.
Gotu Kola & Me
- Try having a cup of this in the morning to help aid productivity throughout the day.
If you are pregnant/breastfeeding or on drug medication, be sure to consult with a professional before trying these remedies.
Heartsease is typically used in skin disorders such as eczema and urticaria. It's expectorant properties means it's also useful for respiratory problems with lots of mucus.