No B.S. Goodness: Gotu Kola
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Gotu Kola, also known as Centella Asiatica, Indian Pennywort, and Brahma-Buti (among other names,) is an herb in the parsley family that is commonly used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines. This medicinal plant has the power to boost brainpower, heal skin issues, and even promote liver and kidney health. It is quickly becoming a favorite in modern medicine and skincare for its healing abilities and anti-aging properties.
Why We Love Gotu Kola
Gotu Kola is becoming one of the most common ingredients in skincare products, thanks to its potent combination of amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids, and phytochemicals. It has everything the skin needs to fight off signs of aging and to protect itself from environmental stressors.
It provides a soothing effect to the skin and helps promote skin cell growth, making your skin look renewed and healthy while "toughening" up the cells and boost their resistance to sagging. It also protects our existing collagen and helps create the building blocks for new collagen - what’s not to love?!
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Although it has very little clinical research, Gotu Kola has been used for traditional Chinese, Indonesian, and Ayurvedic medicine, proving it to be useful among a wide variety of practices.
It is believed to have antimicrobial, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and memory-enhancing properties, making it an extremely versatile and useful plant. It is also known to have potent antioxidant effects, that limit many free radicals that can cause cell damage.
Used topically, Gotu Kola is one of those ingredients you don't hear about often but once you introduce it to your skincare routine, you wonder how you ever got along without it.