Botanical Name: Bacopa monnieri
- English: Bacopa, Water hyssop, Indian Pennywort, Thyme leaved gratiola
- Sanskrit: Sarsvati, Kapotavanka
- Ayurvedic: Nirbraahmi, Darduradalaa, Shaaluraparni
- Unani: Brahmi
- Also, known as: Bhaarati, Matsyaakshaka, Mandukaparni, Piramivazhukkai, Neerbrami, Safed- chammi, Jalaneem, Neerbrahmi, Manduka parni, Nirubrahmi, Bhahmi, Zalnam, Birami, Brahmibuti, Nirabrahmi, Sambarenu, Sambrani, Brahmi
Parts Used: Whole Plant
Bacopa monnieri is non-aromatic, small annual herb plant, found throughout India in wet and damp places. Brahmi consist of dried whole plant of Bacopa monnieri. The roots of this plant are thin, small, wiry, and light yellow branched. Stems are thin, green, or purplish green, and about 2 mm thick, and soft. The leaves of the plant are simple, opposite, green, 1-2 cm long obovate – oblong. They are slightly bitter in taste. The flowers are small, white in color with 4-5 petals. It has the ability to grow in water makes it a popular aquarium plant. Brahmi has been used in traditional ayurvedic treatment for thousands of years.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice tray or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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