Brahmi vallarai leaves tea

Vallarai (Gotu Kola or Brahmi leaves) has a huge number of benefits. This tea can be a boon to those who would like to control blood pressure and reduce stress. Since this is an all natural herbal drink, there are no side effects. This is easy to prepare and the ingredients are easily available. The herbs can be grown in your own homes without effort.

This Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) tea can also help those fighting depression and its symptoms. Head over to read the tutorial on how to make a herbal tea with Gotu Kola and Tulsi leaves.

Research evidence(s)

Evidence 1

It is used in ayurvedic and traditional pacific medicine for the treatment of anxiety and depression.

Reference

Bone K (2003). A Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs: Herbal Formulations for the Individual Patient. Churchill & Livingstone:China.

Evidence 2

The results revealed that compared with placebo, Gotu Kola significantly attenuated the peak ASR amplitude 30 and 60 minutes after treatment… These preliminary findings suggest that Gotu Kola has anxiolytic* activity in humans as revealed by the ASR.

*Anxiolytic means a drug that can reduce anxiety.

Reference

Bradwejn, J., Shlik, J., Koszycki, D., & Zhou, Y. (2000). A double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the effects of Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) on acoustic startle response in healthy subjects. J Clin Psychopharmacol., 680-4.

Evidence 3

The efficacy of CA (Centella asiatica) in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders have been tested on small animals and are believed to be associated with its brahmoside and brahminoside constituents or saponin glycosides.

Reference

Cauffield JS, Forbes HJ. Dietary supplements used in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. Lippincotts Prim Care Pract. 1999;3:290–304. [PubMed]

DIY – Brahmi (Vallarai) leaves tea to cure stress

  • 5 – 6 leaves Gotu Kola leaves (Vallarai in Tamil)
  • 4 – 5 leaves Holy Basil leaves (Known as Tulasi in India)
  • 1 teaspoon Palm sugar
  1. You will need a few Gotu Kola (Vallarai) leaves, 4 Holy basil leaves and a teaspoon of palm sugar.
  2. Tear or chop the leaves.
  3. Place the leaves in a teapot infuser.
  4. Add a teaspoon of palm sugar to the leaves.
  5. Pour boiling got water over the leaves till they are full soaked.
  6. Close the lid and allow the leaves to steep in for 10 minutes.
  7. After the said time, strain well and remove the infuser.
  8. Pour the tea into a cup.
  9. Enjoy!

Dosage:

You can consume this tea once daily.

Ideal consumption would be  3 – 4 times a week.

You can also give this tea to kids (above 6 years of age) to improve their memory power. But for kids, once or twice a week would be sufficient.

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.