Brahmi is a forgotten food which was part of regular food. Brahmi is also known as Gotu Kola in some parts of the world. Its scientific name is Centella Asiatica.
Those familiar with “the doctrine of signatures” may not find it surprising that a plant with a leaf that resembles a cerebellum, would have a special affinity for the brain. The leaves are highly sattvic (pure, harmonious) and historically have been eaten by yogis to assist in meditation.
Brahmi is also known as Ondelaga in Kannada usually grows in damp places and can be easily grown in houses, even in pots. It grows as a wild ground cover in our chikoo orchard and food forest at our Prakruti Farms in Bangalore.
Brahmi has procured its name from the name of Lord Brahma, the representative of creative energy of Universe. A truly amazing herb that lives up to its name, which means “the energy of universal consciousness.”
Uses of Brahmi as a nerve tonic to enhance mental health, memory power and intelligence have a long history in Ayurveda. It may have anti-oxidant, anti-anxiety, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory effects. It may also be a rich source of vitamin C.
It may be good for skin disoders, digestive disorders, strengthening the hair and control hair loss and good for insomnia.
One can make Brahmi Tambuli using the below recipe:
- Clean and wash 3 cups of Brahmi leaves
- In a pan add 1 tsp of oil and slightly roast the Brahmi leaves. Take out the leaves and keep it aside.
- Now roast ½ tsp cumin and ½ black pepper with oil in the pan.
- Grind the roasted Brahmi leaves, cumin, pepper with 1 tbsp fresh grated coconut, salt to taste and some water.
- Mix with 2 cups curds and your Brahmi Tambuli is ready to savour.
Relish the Tambuli along with rice or roti.