Brahmi ~ Brain Boost ~ 28/10/07
Is a perennial ground cover, growing to 15 cm high. Very small leaves form along the creeping stems. The plant will thrive in shade, and will grow in pots, with the stems cascading over the pots, and this is handy as the stems are then easy to pick.
Brahmi is a traditional Indian herb and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, for a wide range of applications: blood cleanser, inflammations, skin conditions, fevers, hair loss, arthritis and rheumatism, back pain, asthma, coughs, allergies, insomnia, irritable bowel, depression, anxiety and stress, fatigue, constipation, and to normalise blood pressure and improve circulation.
In 1963 research in the plant identified 2 active molecules: Bacoside A (assists in the release of nitric oxide allowing relaxation of the aorta and veins, and blood to flow more smoothly through the body); and Bacoside B (a protein valued for nourishing nerve cells to the brain, and as a brain tonic, thereby aiding concentration, comprehension, memory and memory recall). It is a herb we can all take daily. I have it chopped over my breakfast of muesli, seasonal fruit, sprouts and kefir.