Gotu Kola (Indian Pennywort or Mandukparni, Centella asiatica, Hydrcotyle asiatica) is a medicinal herb, which is used in Ayurveda from centuries to treat brain function related problems such as poor memory, low mental abilities, anxiety, speech issues and sleeplessness. Gotu kola tea, which is prepared from the plant of Centella asiatica is easy to make and offers many health benefits. This tea is especially useful in inducing sound sleep.
For preparing this tea, one teaspoon of finely shredded dried/fresh Gotu kola leaves are taken in a cup of hot water. The cup is covered with lid and the leaves are steeped for 10-15 minutes. After fifteen minutes tea is ready to drink. For stronger taste, you can steep leaves for more time. You can prepare and drink this tea 3-4 times a day.
Gotu Kola tea offers numerous health benefits. It is brain tonic, which reduces stress, anxiety, tumors, and cures insomnia/sleeplessness and depression. It also improves mental abilities, memory, intellect and removes mental fatigue. Gotu kola tea removes toxins from the liver and blood, improves energy levels and strengthens the kidneys. As per Ayurveda, it balances aggravated Vata and Pitta in the body.