Long ago, the native Sinhalese of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) notices that elephants, renowned for their longecity loved the rounded leaves of diminutive gotu kola. The herb gained a reputation as a longevity promoter, and a Sinhalese proverb advised, “two leaves a day keep old age away.” Gotu kola won’t add years to your life, but it may stimulate the immune system, accelerate wound healing, help treat psoroasis, and improve circulation in the legs, which may help prevent varicose veins.
There are some scientific studies to back this herb. It has been a topic of conversation for its wide use in medicinal properties.
Some of our team at The Organic Street and some of our members have tried Gotu Kola with success. For an infusion, to help circulation Gotu Kola tastes bitter and astringent. Use half a teaspoon per cup of boiling water and add organic honey and organic lemon to improve its flavour.
Gotu kola is a ground hugging herb that grows in India, Pakistan, parts of Africa, Turkey and is native to the wetlands of Asia. It can also be grown in North America, and Europe. It spreads via runners and has small spatular leaves with tiny pink to white flowers.