Brahmi has several health benefits, which are as follows; reduces blood sugars, boost immunity and power, improves skin health, serves for respiratory benefits, ideal for patients of gout and arthritis,treats insomnia and deals with mental disorder, helps in cognitive boost, treats epilepsy.
Brahmi is a creepy perennial non-aromatic herb. The leaves are oblong, succulent and 4-6 mm thick. Leaves are oblanceolate. The flowers are small, actinomorphic and white. It is an aquarium plant.
The characteristic compounds of Brahmi are; dammarane-type triterpenoin saponin with jujubogenin, alkaloids brahmine, herpestine.
One of the most prized benefits of brahmi is its ability to stimulate the mind, particularly in terms of memory and concentration. It has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to increase focus and increase retention. Some of the organic compounds in brahmi stimulate cognitive pathways in the brain to boost cognitive ability. It has the ability to reduce the onset of cognitive disorders as we age, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Research has shown that the presence of amyloid compound in neurons is responsible for brain damage. The bio-chemical bacosides compound in Brahmi effectively stimulates the creation of new neural pathways and lowers oxidative stress in the brain, which keeps our minds sharp well into our old age.
When brahmi is brewed in a tea or chewed as normal leaves, it can seriously boost your respiratory health. It has been used in Ayurvedic treatments for bronchitis, congestion, chest colds, and blocked sinuses. It can clear out excess phlegm and mucus and relieve the inflammation in the throat and respiratory tracts to provide you with rapid relief.
When consumed in any form, tea, leaves, or otherwise, brahmi can boost up the immune system. The small amount of nutrients is supplemented by the antioxidant compounds to increase the response time of our immune system against pathogens, viruses, or bacterial infection.
The leaves of brahmi have been used as a treatment against epilepsy for thousands of years. This is thought to be due to the effect brahmi has on neural pathways, and it helps to prevent epileptic fits, as well as other forms of mental disease, including bipolar disorder and neuralgia.
Spreading brahmi juice or oil on the affected area , speeds up wound healing and disinfect the skin. It can reduce the appearance of scarring and leave you with smooth, healthy skin enriched with its natural essential oils.
Massaging the scalp with Brahmi oil helps to overcome sleep disorder, which in turn cures depression, anxiety, tension and stress. It is recommended that a person suffering from such negative domains of health should massage his head every night with this oil. It is helpful with hyperactive children too.
Brahmi oil has refreshing effects on mind, used as mental tonic that helps in focused concentration, increasing memory power, mental alertness, amnesia and Alzheimer’s. In fact, Brahmi has nitric oxide, which has positive impacts on the brain functioning and mental clarity.
Brahmi is used in pharmaceutical labs to make tablets, and powder and oil. brahmi is also used to make salads. brahmi leaves are also used for cooking several dishes.
Brahmi is native to wetlands of Eastern and Western India, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia and Northern and Southern America. Brahmi is well grown in warm and humid tropical to sub-tropical climates in damp and marshy areas. The plant prefers acidic soil with a temperature range of 30°C-40°C and relative humidity of 60% - 65%.