Thursday, January 13, 2011

Indian Pennywort (Brahmi)

Brahmi is a very popular herb and is mainly known as a brain food. It is known as Centella Asiatica in Latin and in common parlance Indian Pennywort. In Konkani, Brahmi is known as Ekpaani. Brahmi is rich herb loaded with anti-oxidant and brain enhancing properties. They thrive and flourish in wet, damp and marshy areas.

Several kinds of Konkani items which are made of Brahmi are Brahmi Tambli and Brahmi chutney. Since its a perennial herb, one can find it all through the year and is available in plenty in local markets. Those who do not have access to fresh herb, can buy the powdered version of this herb. Another interesting revelation was that Brahmi finds a honorable mention in various ancient Hindu scripts and holy books - Sushruta Samhita and Vedas.

Following are several health benefits of Brahmi -
- Brahmi is a brain food and plays a vital role in brain cell development, enhancement, memory and growth.
- The leaves are loaded with antioxidant properties thereby making them beneficial for consumption.
- The herb has a calming effect on the nervous system.
- The herb has lot of curative properties for various mental disorders like Epilepsy, Convulsions and boosts mental health.
- It is also proved to cure other diseases like Asthma, Insanity and serves as a wonderful brain tonic.
- Various research proves that the herb supports and augments the improvement of learning capacity which in turn keeps the mind sharp, alert and agile. Cognitive abilities have found a marked improvement after consumption of this herb.
- It also improves hoarseness in voice and tremendously benefits the vocal chords which is a very lesser known fact.
- The herb is also effective in curing Leprosy and some specific skin diseases.

*** This is a WIP post; I will update the benefits as and when I find them ***


  1. wonderful and informative post....gald to have bumped into your blog...fantastic collection of exotic recipes...glad to follow u..

  2. @ -
    Thanks for the encouraging words!


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