Booti of the Month : Brahmi

It’s a wonder herb. Very few plants posses as many medicinal value as Brahmi does.  From bronchitis to asthma and from boosting memory to checking cholesterol, the efficacy of Brahmi, or Bacopa Monnieri, is undisputed.

It’s perhaps the most important nervine herb used in Ayurvedic medicine. It revitalizes the brain cells, removes toxins and blockages within the nervous system, and at the same time has a nurturing effect upon the mind. It improves memory and aids in concentration.  A small amount of the fresh leaves if eaten daily has a rejuvenating effect on the mind. Brahmi helps awaken the crown chakra and balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain. It calms the heart and guards against heart attack.

In ancient times, the leaves were used for pediatric complaints in bowel problems, fever and applied externally for blows and bruises in the Coromandel Coast. In Java, according to Horsfield, they were considered diuretic and on the Malabar Coast, the plant is one of the remedies for leprosy. As a remedy in this disease it was first brought prominently to notice by Boileau, in 1859.

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