GOTU KOLA

GOTU KOLA: “Soothes Skin Problems”

Leg Circulation, Leprosy, Psoriasis, Soothes Skin

Also Known As: Hydrocotyle, Indian Pennywort, Marsh Penny and Sheep Rot

HISTORY:

An old Sinhalese proverb says, “Two leaves a day keep old age away.” Gotu Kola may not add years to your life, but it may accelerate wound healing, stimulate the immune system and help with other conditions as noted above. In India, Ayurvedic herbalists first used gotu kola like ginseng for promoting longevity and for anti-aging. In the Philippines, healers treated wounds and gonorrhea.

PREPARATION:

  • Infusion:

Add a half teaspoon of gotu kola per cup of boiling water. The taste will be bitter and astringent. Add some sugar, honey and lemon or try mixing it into a herbal beverage. You may drink up to 2 cups a day.

For treatment of wounds or psoriasis, make compresses made from gotu kola infusions.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Gotu Kola grows in marsh areas and is not grown in the North America. It is related to parsley, dill, fennel and the carrot.

SAFETY:

Use gotu kola in medicinal amounts. For non-pregnant healthy, non-nursing adults with no history of cancer and are not taking tranquilizers or sedatives, gotu kola is considered relatively safe in typical recommended amounts. The Food and Drug Administration considers gotu kola as an herb of undefined safety.