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, stimastorol, betasitosterol, bacoside, and bacopasaponins. This Ayurvedic medicine is used as an aphrodisiac, memory booster, boosting health, and tonic for many ailments. Bacopa is an edible plant, 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 important benefits and uses are given below:
- Brahmi for hair loss: Applying this oil on the scalp is good for strengthening the hair follicles. Its massaging is beneficial in checking dandruff, itchiness, formation of split ends, and flakes.
- Scalp nourishment: The massage of hot Brahmi oil provides proper nutrients to the hair follicles thus invigorating the 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 help to dispel toxins from the body, especially from the epithelium layer thus improves skin complexion and stimulates skin cell regeneration. It is also good for the inner skin that lines the digestive tract, which support the functions of healthy microbes. Brahmi is used in treating psoriasis, eczema, abscess, and ulceration
- Treats insomnia: Massaging the scalp with Brahmi oil helps to overcome sleep disorder, which leads to cure depression, anxiety, tension, and stress. It is recommended that a person is suffering from such negative domains of health 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, used as a mental tonic that helps in focused concentration, increasing memory power, mental alertness, amnesia, and Alzheimer’s. In fact, Brahmi has nitric oxide, which has positive impacts on 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 the 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 be also beneficial for hyperactive children (ADHD). The leaf of the brain show similarities with the cerebellum thus helps in memory and concentration
- Brahmi for epilepsy treatment: Bacopa has been used for long times 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 improves neurotransmission among brain cells. They help to repair damaged neurons too. Its chemical properties mitigates neuro-degeneration
Medicinal uses of Brahmi
There are many medicinal and therapeutic uses of Brahmi. Some of the important uses are as follows: It ensures the smooth circulation of blood thus good for healthy liver, lungs, and kidney. It is also used to increase sex drive, impotence, arthritis, cholesterol, insomnia, memory booster, mental fatigue, IBS, bronchial problems, inflammations, cough, asthma, antidepressant, 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
Bacopa is known by different names. Some of its common as well as scientific names are being given below: Bacopa monnieri, Bacopa monniera, Herpestis monniera, Moniera cuneifolia, Jalnaveri, Jalanimba, Sambrani chettu, Thyme-leaved gratiola, Babies tear, Nirbrahmi, Indian Pennywort, Water hyssop, Herb of Grace, Andri, Jal-brahmi, Nira-brahmi,