Botanical Name: Bacopa Monnieri; family: Scrophulariaceae
Notes: Kosher. Non-irradiated. Non-GMO. aka Bacopa Monniera, Cordifolia, Jalnaveri, Jalanimba, Sambrani chettu, Thyme-leaved Gratiola, Babies tear, Herpestis monniera, water hysso
Raw Bacopa Monnieri (also known as Bacopa Monniera or Brahmi) is the best herb to increase memory naturally without side effects. Recent scientific studies show that Brahmi supports both short and long term memory function as well as enhances learning, concentration, and healthy function of the nervous system. Special alkaloids in Bacopa Monnieri called bacopasides help nourish and increase the coordination of brain neurons combating mental fatigue and leading to increased concentration and stamina. Bacopa is not only useful against common everyday forgetfulness, but many students use it to help boost memory function during exams. When used for this purpose, it is optimal to start taking bacopa 1 month prior to the exam.
Brahmi also has antioxidant properties which support cardiovascular health. Brahmi is also used to improve respiratory function and may increase thyroid hormone levels. It has also traditionally been used to alleviate symptoms associated with anxiety. Brahmi has been used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine for centuries and is considered a complete natural remedy for the mind.
Brahmi and gotu kola are popular herbal supplements used to treat Alzheimer's disease and memory loss. However, there is some confusion because some herbalists also refer to gotu kola as "brahmi." Gotu kola and brahmi are native to North America and parts of India, where their stems and leaves are collected for medicinal use. Although both brahmi and gotu kola affect the central nervous system, there are some differences between the two herbs. For example, they are not taken in the same dose and each possesses other benefits and side effects. Consult your doctor for advice before taking brahmi or gotu kola.
Bacopa Monnieri is wildcrafted which grows as an annual herb whose habitat includes wetlands and muddy shores found throughout India including the North Eastern region. It can grow 10" to 20" high and produces white or bluish flowers. Bacopa has the ability to grow either on the ground or under water and is often times used as an aquarium plant. Bacopa Monnieri is harvested in the fall and milled into a fine powder that is best known as Brahmi and is widely used in India.
Some possible benefits of raw Brahmi may include:
Supporting healthy function of the nervous system (deficit due to injury and stroke and nervous exhaustion)
Combating mental fatigue
Encouraging healthy respiratory function (bronchitis, asthma, hoarseness)
Promoting a healthy cardiovascular system
Enhancing concentration & learning
In India the plant is used for all sorts of skin problems: eczema, psoriasis, abscess, ulcerations; it is said to stimulate the growth of skin, hair and nails.
Reported effective against diseases such as arthritis, rheumatism, backache, constipation, hair loss, fevers, digestive problems etc.
Indian research has shown that Brahmi has Antioxidant, Cardiotonic and Anticancer properties.
Suggested Use: Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons with juice, yogurt or add to your favorite smoothie or as directed by your practitioner.
Contrary to popular belief, all herbs from India are not irradiated, including ours. Because of our high quality packing techniques and cleaning procedures, there is not need for the authorities to irradiate our herbs. Then they are subjected to a series of in-depth quality control tests to ensure purity, potency and cleanliness. Quality checks continue throughout the various stages of manufacturing, as well as at the completion of production. Extensive Bacteria, Mold and Yeast, E. coli and Salmonella testin are conducted. Also herb quality is tested using Organoleptic ID testing, Microscopy, and Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC). Foreign materials are tested using high temperature ash testing. We do not hesitate to reject inferior herbs, thus ensuring consistent high quality.