Taste (Rasa): Sweet, Bitter
Energetics (Virya): Cooling
Doshic Effects: Balancing for all three doshas
Benefits & Use: In Ayurvedic medicine, Gotu Kola is classified as a rasayana, or rejuvenative, due to its ability to restore functioning, balance and health to many parts of the mind and body. It is incredibly healing for the nervous system and has been shown to repair and restore axons, which transmit nerve impulses throughout the brain and body. Gotu Kola also has the ability to speed wound healing, improve the health of skin, boost cognition, reduce toxicity, protect the heart, and heal the circulatory system.
Additional Uses: Libido; swelling; stretch marks; varicose veins; insomnia; joint pain
In the Kitchen: Gotu Kola has a very mild to slightly bitter taste, meaning it can be consumed as a tea or simply in a glass of water enjoyably. The traditional Ayurvedic method of preparation is to mix Gotu Kola powder with a teaspoon or so of ghee (clarified, medicinal butter). Ghee has a penetrating effect and helps the herb move deeper into bodily tissues. Ghee also enhances the digestive healing properties of the herb and for those sensitive to taste, may make it more palatable. Be sure to look for the standard markers of herb quality, such as organic or wildcrafted seals and to only purchase products from reputable suppliers.