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BRAHMI

 

Article by Kaniz F. Shah

 

Botanical Name: Bacopa monnieri
English Name:  Herb of grace
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Brahmi is an edible flower plant that grows about 6 inches in height and is native to India and Pakistan. The plant has small oval shaped leaves that grow alternately and has a soft furry stem. Small white-purple flowers with four or five petals bloom on this plant and it bares a fruit that is oval and sharp at the apex.

Uses:

Brahmi is used extensively in the eastern countries to promote hair growth, help thicken the hair, nourish the hair and prevent split ends. It is also used in natural, herbal and Ayurvedic medicines and aids in good skin health. A powder made from crushed brahmi leaves is cooling and is often used in combination with tulsi, neem and amla powder to create a hair mask for thicker and healthier hair and relieve you from an itchy scalp.

Medicinal Uses of Brahmi:

In Ayurvedic medicine, brahmi is used to aid in many health conditions including: memory enhancing, mental and physical fatigue, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, increased sex drive, impotence, bronchitis, coughs and hoarseness, arthritis, rheumatism, inflammatory conditions and high cholesterol levels.

WARNING:

There no contradictions to using the gel on the skin; however, if taking it orally it should be avoided in pregnancy or in breastfeeding mothers. Because of its speedy skin-healing effect, it must only be used on thoroughly clean wounds where there is no infection. This article is for informational purpose only. Aloe vera is not a treatment for any disease or condition. It is generally safe when used on the skin or hair, but to ensure safety, it is best to do an allergy test. Consult your doctor before using for medical purposes.

Bibliography:

  1. Book “Herbs Encyclopedia” by Hari Chand

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