Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What is Brahmi?

Brahmi, or Bacopa, is one of the herbs I use in my DIY Herbal Remedies

It's botanical name is Bacopa monnieri.  Brahmi is also known as water hyssop, Indian pennywart, coastal waterhyssop, and thyme-leafed gratiola. In addition to India, the herb is grown in the marshy areas of China, Nepal, Central America, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Florida.

Brahmi has long history in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. It is widely used for its effect in blood circulation that promotes efficient function of the liver, lungs and the kidneys.

What are the Health Benefits?
 From Wisegeek:
"In traditional Indian Ayurveda medicine, water hyssop, as it is also called, is used for ailments such as asthma, skin problems, joint pain, anxiety, inflammation, fevers, and epilepsy. A nootropic, the herb, brahmi has the capabilities of increasing mental abilities. Newborn babies are often consecrated with the herb in India to make them more intelligent. Motor learning abilities and intellectual activity may also be intensified through use of the plant.

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From MedicalHealthGuides:
Brahmi is traditionally used to treat skin problems including psoriasis, eczema, abscess and ulceration. Brahmi is used to stimulate skin cell regeneration and growth.

Traditional medicinal uses of Brahmi

  • memory enhancer
  • mental and physical fatigue
  • insomnia
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • increase sex drive
  • impotence
  • bronchitis
  • coughs and hoarseness
  • arthritis
  • rheumatism
  • inflammatory conditions
  • high cholesterol levels

Brahmi standardized fluid extract at ratio of 1:2 should be taken in 4-12 ml for adults and 2-4 ml for children within 6 to 12 year of age, per day.


  • Do not use Brahmi if taking estrogen replacement therapy
  • Do not use Brahmi if taking birth control pills
  • Do not use Brahmi if taking phenothiazine. 

Disclaimer: Not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.

Make your own Tincture using Mary's DIY Tincture Kit

DIY Tincture kits include:
1 - 32 ounce Glass Jar with lid, 1 - 2 ounce Amber Bottle with dropper top,  2 customizable labels, 1 ounce of Organic Herbs (additional herbs available)
and Detailed Instructions

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Brahmi or Bacopa monnieri is a non-woody clumping and spreading plant. The Brahmi herb has found use in Ayurvedic medicine since the olden times. The main mechanism of the Bacopa monnieri is in enhancing neuron communication. It also interacts with serotonergic and dopamine systems. They increase the rate of communication within the nervous system by augmenting the growth of dendrites. These dendrites are the ends of the nerves. Read about Brahmi health benefits.