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Gotu kola is a very important herb that has wonderful health benefits and especially it's use in improving memory is legendary.It's botanical name Centella asiatica its this super herb Gotu kola needs a moderate amount of maintenance it has a proven property to improve vision. And this is a amazing herb many . While it can and will tolerate full sun, all day, the best results are obtained by some shade during the hottest part of the day. This makes it perfectly suited to grow under trees, as long as the shade is not complete, all day. Normally grows with a ground covering habit. This plant tends to bloom in all year .

You can grow your own gotu kola in a pot quite easily so you can keep it near at hand.

Gotukola needs  very little care so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests. Gotukola needs lots of water, a reasonable amount of nutrients and dappled sun to full shade. It will quickly wilt and yellow if left to dry out, or the sun is too harsh, but very often they will recover if quickly drenched with water and a weak seaweed solution, for the next week or two.

If you have purchased potted Gotukola then your best course of action is to keep them in their pots for a week and place them in the area that you intend to grow them. Once they are get used to the area you are free to either pot them into larger pots or directly into the garden. Water twice daily until they show signs of spreading and then, ignore them completely.

Constant harvesting of the leaves will ensure a continual supply and will encourage the plant to spread.

Plant Parts Used: The entire plant is harvested at maturity and used for medicinal purposes.salads, hair care oils and in many more .

We eat the leaves raw as in salad with rice.10 leaves a day makes the doctor away ...Burmes Monk say that 99 disease can be cure with gotu kola and it is cooling for your body as well .You just need to take it raw.

How to get started ??
Fill a container of any size with potting soil.
Plant the gotu kola starter plant in the soil, spaced at least 2 or 3 inches apart.
Water thoroughly. Keep the soil moist at all times; do not allow it to dry out.

Allow the stems or baby plant to grow in the containers Keep the containers indoors or outdoor
Plant gotu kola seedlings in the garden anytime .Choose a moist, sunny or semishady spot for the plant's permanent location

How I make it:-
Wash the Gotu Kola and chop finely. Set aside.
Chop the shallots and green chili.
In a medium bowl mix gotu kola, onion, green chili, grated coconut, pepper and salt together.
Lastly add lime juice and mix again.
Serve this fresh and nutritious salad immediately as a side.
It is best if you combine it with very little freshly grated coconut.

Some useful info :- For boils (external), apply gotukola juice.
To improve the voice of children, chew the leaf and swallow the juice.

In cough and asthma, eat it as a vegetable.

For difficulty in passing urine, drink gotu kola juice. The juice, taken during lactation, increases breast milk production.

To prepare a gotu kola tea, dry the leaves in the shade, powder and store in airtight jars.

Skin Health: In a related benefit, the saponins in gotu kola are particularly adept at improving the appearance of the skin.many people are interested in it because of its ability to reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and other blemishes. In particular, which helps to keep your skin beautiful, even after an injury or surgery. This antioxidant activity to reduce signs of aging is one of the reasons gotu kola is becoming so popular in the west.

Gotu Kola Oil For Hair Loss:
Both internal consumption and external application of gotu kola is very good for promoting hair growth and for preventing hair loss. The best way to use gotu kola for hair externally is by applying gotu kola oil. You get good quality gotu kola oil in the markets. Gotu kola oil can also made at home by infusing dried leaves in cold pressed oil by heating it under sunlight. To make the oil, collect fresh gotu kola leaves, wash them well and sun dry them well till crisp. Now take the leaves in a glass bottle, add virgin coconut oil and heat it again under sunlight till the gotu kola extract is infused into the oil. This oil can be used to massage the scalp. You can also take gotu kola tea along with applying gotu kola oil on the scalp for best results. If you have gotu kola powder at home, you can make a very effective hair mask with it. To make gotu kola hair mask, combine fresh Aloe Vera gel along with gotu kola powder and mix into a paste and use it as a hair mask, this mask will prevent hair fall and treat all scalp infections.

Nothing is difficult if you try once and grow it and feel the difference and the own home plucked leaves tastes so good as we know its clean . Happy growing

Shaminaz Deen
Author: Shaminaz Deen

Shaminaz is a home gardener. She gorws her own chilies, capsicums, mangoes and even roses. Cinnamon and black pepper.

She uses all natural ingredients to protect her plants from snails and bugs.

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