Brahmi is a plant that has been used in traditional Indian medicine. It is the second highest ranked herb in Ayurveda, and is a currently validated herb for improving cognition (mostly by reducing anxiety, although it might also increase focus) and for increasing memory. Known for its bitter taste, it is a small, creeping herb with numerous branches, succulent, rooting at the nodes, with numerous prostrate branches, each 10-30 cm long. Brahmi also known as bacopa monniera, is a member of the scrophulariaceae family, its leaves are petiole, oblong, sessile, and fleshy.
Flowers are purple in colour; axillary, solitary with peduncles. In India and the tropics it grows naturally in wet soil, shallow water, and marshes. Aside from increasing intellectual and cognitive function, Brahmi induces a sense of calm and peace in its users. It is unique in its ability to invigorate mental processes whilst reducing the effects of stress and nervous anxiety.
Brahmi is also used to help remove toxins from the blood, increase circulation, reduce inflammation and relieve asthma through its bronchi-odialating properties. It is also used in Ayurveda to improve thyroid function. It has also been used to treat many other conditions, from bronchitis to arthritis, hair loss to threadworms, fevers to impotence. Brahmi is also packed with antioxidants and carries a number of substances that stimulate neurotransmitter function in the brain. For the hair, the thick leaves of Brahmi are dried and grounded into a fine paste. Brahmi’s main role for hair growth is in its believed ability to thicken the strands while strengthening the roots.
Brahmi comes in many different forms and is classically given at doses of 2-6 grams per day. You can find it as a pill, capsule, or dissolved in oil such as ghee (clarified butter). Brahmi is known as a miracle herb. It also helps with joint pain; eczema and fever and other health conditions that can be cured with the help of this wonderful herb.