Brahmi leaves for memory

Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) or Brahmi leaves (Vallarai in Tamil) also known as Indian pennywort is a wonderful herb and has a huge number of health benefits.

It can improve memory in kids and adults. This herbs also has properties that can prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s.

This herb rejuvenates the brain and the nervous system. It also improves all aspects of mental function, like ability to learn new things and to remember and retain the learnt.

Other herbs that can improve memory are discussed here.

Research evidence(s)

Evidence 1

CA (Centella asiatica) is known to re-vitalize the brain and nervous system, increase attention span and concentration and combat aging.


Brinkhaus B, Lindner M, Schuppan D, Hahn EG. Chemical, pharmacological and clinical profile of the East Asian medical plant Centella asiatica. Phytomedicine. 2000;7:427–48. [PubMed]

Evidence 2

A study demonstrated cognitive-enhancing and anti-oxidant properties of CA in normal rats. The effect of an aqueous CA extracts (100, 200 and 300 mg/kg for 21 days) was evaluated in intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) streptozotocin (STZ)-induced cognitive impairment and oxidative stress in rats.


Veerendra Kumar MH, Gupta YK. Effect of Centella asiatica on cognition and oxidative stress in an intracerebroventricular streptozotocin model of Alzheimer’s disease in rats. Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 2003;30:336–42. [PubMed]

Evidence 3

Among the seven cognitive domains assessed by the MoCA-Ina test, gotu kola treatment showed better improvement in delayed memory recall compared with folic acid treatment.


Farhana, K. M., Malueka, . R. G., Wibowo, S. & Gofir, A., 2016. Effectiveness of Gotu Kola Extract 750 mg and 1000 mg Compared with Folic Acid 3 mg in Improving Vascular Cognitive Impairment after Stroke. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Brahmi leaves for improving memory – DIY

Brahmi leaves are excellent for improving memory and can be consumed on a periodic basis to cure various diseases. I’ve used leaves from my herb garden – you can use dried leaves if fresh ones aren’t available.

  • 6-7 leaves Gotu Kola (Vallarai) leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Jaggery
  1. You will need Gotu Kola leaves and a small ball of jaggery. You can also add pepper but this is tasty and good to eat.
  2. Wash and place the Gotu Kola leaves in a mortar.
  3. Add jaggery.
  4. Crush well using a pestle. You can little water to make the paste if needed.
  5. You have a roughly crushed paste.
  6. You can chew and eat this paste. It tastes really delicious too!

This brahmi leaves paste can be given to kids above 6 years of age and to adults. Adults can eat it twice a week and kids can eat this once a week.

Brahmi leaves candy is available which can also be chewed on if you are not able to get fresh leaves.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.