Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) or Neer Brahmi is a plant that grows in wetlands. The plant has small oval shaped thick leaves with tiny white flowers. In the vedic texts and in Ayurveda, the leaves are used for preparing various medicines that can sharpen memory, strengthen the nervous system and improve intellectual abilities.
Health benefits of Brahmi:
The health benefits include the below.
Brahmi leaves can be crushed and boiled with coconut oil to make a natural oil. Application of this oil can reduce stress, anxiety and can cure insomnia. It also improves quality of sleep and treats depression.
The compounds in Brahmi can help to re-build brain tissue and thereby helps to prevent and cure Alzheimer’s disease. A tonic made with Brahmi leaves can be consumed regularly to cure Alzheimer’s.
The leaves can improve mental cognition and the vedic texts also indicate that a powder of brahmi can help to cure insanity.
Those with a heredity of epilepsy can consume the tea to prevent any future epilepsy attacks.
They ensure better functioning of the lungs, liver, kidney and the brain.
Brahmi leaves can also be used to improve sexual drive and to cure impotence since the leaves have aphrodisiac properties.
These miracle leaves can also cure bronchial and respiratory problems such as cough, asthma and common cold.
Neer Brahmi leaves can improve immunity due to the presence of anti-oxidants.
The recipe here is to make Brahmi tea with fresh leaves. You can also make this tea with dried leaves, but I always prefer the fresh leaves. You can also give this tea to kids once in a week to improve their memory and intellectual abilities.
Older people can consume the tea regularly for health of the nervous system, to retain memory power and for overall well-being.
BM (Brahmi) demonstrates immense potential in the amelioration of cognitive disorders, as well as prophylactic reduction of oxidative damage, NT modulation, and cognitive enhancement in healthy people.
Aguiar, S. & Borowski, T., 2013. Neuropharmacological Review of the Nootropic Herb Bacopa monnieri. Rejuvenation Research, 16(4), pp. 313-326.
It was suggested that the adaptogenic properties of the herb would be beneficial in the management of stress related conditions as BM showed the potential to be effective in stress in a study on rats.
Chowdhuri DK, Parmar D, Kakkar P, Shukla R, Seth PK, Srimal RC. Antistress effects of bacosides of Bacopa monnieri: modulation of Hsp70 expression, superoxide dismutase and cytochrome P450 activity in rat brain. Phytother Res 2002;16:639-45.
This study provided further evidence that BM has a good potential for safely enhancing cognitive performance in the ageing.
Calabrese C, Gregory WL, Leo M, Kraemer D, Bone K, Oken B. Effects of a standardized Bacopa monnieri extract on cognitive Performance, anxiety, and depression in the Elderly: A randomized, double-Blind, placebo-controlled trial. J Alt Comp Med 2008;14:707-13.
Brahmi (Neer brahmi) leaf tea – Recipe
- 250 ml Water
- 3-4 stalks Brahmi leaves (Also known as Neer Brahmi or Bacopa Monnieri )
- 2 teaspoons Honey
- Fresh Brahmi leaves, water and honey are required to make this tea.
- Place fresh Brahmi leaves in a teapot infuser.
- Add honey to the infuser. I use one teaspoon of honey. You can also use two teaspoon for a tastier tea.
- Pour boiling hot water over the leaves.
- Close with a lid and allow the leaves to steep in. Allow it to steep for about 10 minutes.
- Remove the infuser. You can also squeeze the leaves to get the extract.
- Now pour the tea into a cup.
- Enjoy the delicious and healthy herbal tea!
Adults can drink 150 ml of the tea everyday.
Kids can drink 150 ml of the tea once or twice a week depending on their age.