Brahmi is a creeping herb, generally found in muddy wetlands, enriched with many bio-chemical compounds such as Brahmine, Herpestine, flavonoids, saponins, sterols, alkaloids, Betulic acid, stigmasterol, beta-sitosterol, bacoside, and bacopa saponins. This Ayurvedic medicine is used as an aphrodisiac, memory booster, boosting health, and tonic for many ailments. Bacopa is an edible plant that has small oval leaves, which are succulent. Its fruits are oval and sharp at the apex.
Top 10 health benefits of Brahmi
This Indian Ayurvedic herb is known for its multiple health and medicinal benefits. Some of its significant benefits and uses are given below:
- Brahmi for hair loss: Applying this oil to the scalp strengthens hair follicles. Its massaging is beneficial in checking dandruff, itchiness, and the formation of split ends and flakes.
- Scalp nourishment: The massage of hot Brahmi oil provides proper nutrients to the hair follicles, thus invigorating hair growth.
- Prevents Alopecia: Brahmi oil is rich in biochemical compounds in the form of antioxidants. The massage with this oil treats temporary or permanent baldness.
- Brahmi for fair skin: The presence of antioxidants in the Ayurvedic herb helps dispel toxins from the body, especially from the epithelium layer, thus improving skin complexion and stimulating skin cell regeneration. It is also suitable for the inner skin that lines the digestive tract, supporting healthy microbes’ functions. Brahmi is used in treating psoriasis, eczema, abscess, and ulceration
- Treat insomnia: Massaging the scalp with Brahmi oil helps to overcome sleep disorders, which leads to a cure for depression, anxiety, tension, and stress. It is recommended that a person suffering from such negative health domains should massage his head every night with this oil. It is helpful with hyperactive children, too.
- Deals with mental problems: Brahmi oil has refreshing effects on the mind and is used as a mental tonic that helps focus concentration, increasing memory power, mental alertness, amnesia, and Alzheimer’s. Brahmi has nitric oxide, which positively impacts brain functioning and mental clarity.
- Brahmi treats Alzheimer’s: The presence of amyloid compounds in neurons is responsible for brain damage and augments Alzheimer’s disease. The bio-chemical bacosides compound in Brahmi influences the brain cells and helps in the re-building of brain tissue.
- Brahmi for stress reduction: Brahmi acts as a stress buster and mood elevator by decreasing the level of cortisol hormone, which is the main culprit for stress. Brahmi acts as an adaptogen by adapting to stressful conditions. Taking the tea of Brahmi-Tulsi eases to cope with rough times.
- Brahmi for memory: Brahmi affects the hippocampus part of the brain, which is responsible for intelligence, memory, and concentration. The powder of Brahmi will also be beneficial for hyperactive children (ADHD). The leaf of the brain shows similarities with the cerebellum, thus helping in memory and concentration
- Brahmi for epilepsy treatment: Bacopa has been used for a long time as a neurological tonic and cognitive improvement. It is used in curing neurological problems (epilepsy) when taken along with Vacha. The chemicals bacosides A and B improve neurotransmission among brain cells. They help to repair damaged neurons, too. Its chemical properties mitigate neuro-degeneration
Medicinal uses of Brahmi
There are many medicinal and therapeutic uses of Brahmi. Some essential services are as follows: It ensures smooth blood circulation, thus suitable for a healthy liver, lungs, and kidneys. It also increases sex drive, impotence, arthritis, cholesterol, insomnia, memory booster, mental fatigue, IBS, bronchial problems, inflammations, cough, asthma, antidepressants, and rheumatism.
Side effects of Brahmi
- One should avoid using it while taking birth control pills
- During estrogen replacement therapy, it should be avoided.
- Stop it if you are taking phenothiazine
- Too much consumption of it leads to stomach discomfort.
- One shouldn’t consume it above the doses of 2 tsp
Common name of Brahmi
Different names know Bacopa. Some of its standard as well as scientific names are given below: Bacopa monnieri, Bacopa monniera, Herpestis monniera, Moniera cuneifolia, Jalnaveri, Jalanimba, Sambrani chettu, Thyme-leaved granola, Babies tear, Nirbrahmi, Indian Pennywort, Water hyssop, Herb of Grace, Andri, Jal-Brahmi, Nira-brahmi,