Gardening

Medicinal properties of Centella asiatica

The Centella asiatica ( Hydrocotyle asiatica L. ) is an excellent healing plant  native to India with many medicinal properties that can be used to improve or maintain health, both inside and out.

Gotu kola belongs to the botanical family of the Umbelliferae , (like caraway , carrot , fennel and celery) is also known by the name Gotu kola , it prefers humid areas to grow and develop.

It is a medicinal plant that has been used in traditional medicine for more than 3,000 years for various reasons: from helping to prevent the accumulation of fat and cellulite to improving memory to stimulating the growth of hair and nails . But we are going to know the properties of gotu kola in detail.

Properties and medicinal uses of Gotu Kola or Gotu Kola

  • It has astringent, menagogue, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiulcer, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, healing and dermoprotective properties.
  • It is used to prevent and eliminate cellulite naturally.
  • Combat or reduce anxiety and nervousness.
  • Eliminate dandruff naturally.
  • It slows down the aging of the skin because it stimulates the production of collagen.
  • Promotes concentration and improves memory.
  • Avoid the appearance or combat pimples, boils and sores on the skin.
  • Doing mouthwash fights infections of the mouth .
  • They increase or facilitate menstruation.
  • It stimulates blood circulation, thus preventing or minimizing the appearance of phlebitisvaricose veins and hemorrhoids .
  • Combat fatigue and tiredness.
  • Repairs the skin against burns , wounds , eczema or psoriasis.
  • It is diuretic by promoting the elimination of fluids , fighting edema.
  • It extraordinarily favors the healing of wounds or after operations, even in keloid and hypertrophic scars .
  • Stimulates hair and nail growth.
  • It eliminates eye infections , it also fights dry eyes and is very beneficial as eye drops.
  • It prevents the appearance of stretch marks and minimizes them if we already have them.
  • Combat heavy, aching legs and tingling.
  • Reduces  high blood pressure.
  • It has a sedative effect , so it is recommended that it be taken under the supervision of the appropriate health professional.

How to use Gotu kola

> For internal use: It can be prepared as an infusion, its fresh leaves can be added to salads or green smoothies and it can also be taken in diluted extract in a glass of water.

> For external use: it can be prepared in poultices and plasters, it can be added when we make soaps, mouthwashes, toothpastes, creams, lotions, eye drops, gels, shampoos, etc.

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