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Bacopa monnieri, also called brahmi, is a staple medicinal herb used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It blooms in damp, shallow and marshy areas. It has a soft stem and bears bright green leaves and small white flowers.
While the whole plant has a therapeutic effect, leaves are most commonly used for medicinal purposes. Brahmi has a bitter-sweet taste and imparts cooling energy.
Let’s look at some of the surprising uses of the herb of grace.
- Memory Enhancer: Various studies show that it improves brain functions and strengthens memory. Its cooling effect keeps the mind cool and improves retaining capacity.
It has been used as a nerve tonic for patients suffering from neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s. If consumed regularly, it acts as a great memory booster by enhancing mental performance and improving alertness.
- Stress-buster: Brahmi reduces anxiety levels by decreasing the stress hormone cortisol. It is rich in antioxidants and protects the cell from damage. It is an effective mood enhancer.
- Hair Tonic: Brahmi oil is known to be effective in reducing hair fall and treating a dry scalp. The antioxidants remove toxins and stimulate the growth of healthy hair. Brahmi oil is also effective in treating dandruff, itching, and split ends due to its soothing effect.
- Anti-inflammatory: Excessive inflammation is linked to critical diseases like cancer, heart ailments, etc. Bacopa monnieri is known to suppress the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines.
- Analgesic and antipyretic: Consumption of Brahmi in the form of tea or powder is known to bring down temperature. It also relieves body pain through its relaxant properties. For asthma patients, it acts as an effective bronchodilator. Thus, helping them to breathe better.
There are a plethora of other benefits of Brahmi. It has been used as a treatment for insomnia in traditional medicine. Its calming effect is known to induce sleep. Brahmi is also known to be a great blood pressure regulator. It has also been shown to alleviate symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Consumption of 225mg of Brahmi for six months straight reduced bad habits like restlessness, inattention, etc. Brahmi is also effective in the management of diabetes. The bacosides present in Brahmi accelerates the process of wound healing.
Side-effects of Brahmi:
Some people have been shown to experience side effects like dry mouth, nausea, fatigue, drowsiness, diarrhoea, etc.
Brahmi is also not recommended for pregnant women as it interacts with certain kinds of other medicines. Brahmi should be consumed with prior consultation with an ayurvedic doctor or a health expert.
How to use Brahmi?
Brahmi leaves (fresh or dry) can be brewed to prepare tea. Nowadays, the powdered form of Brahmi is also available online and in medical stores. It can be directly mixed with hot water or ghee to make a healthy drink.
Studies reveal that a human can safely consume around 300-450mg of Brahmi per day. However, it is advised to consult a qualified medical professional regarding the right dosage for you.
Brahmi is one of the most powerful herbs known in Ayurveda. Inculcate this luscious green herb in your diet and let it improve mindfulness, revitalize consciousness, and maintain a sharp intellect.