Gotu Kola: The cleanser herb
Lauren Bullen
Gotu Kola: The cleanser herb
Lauren Bullen

What is Gotu Kola?

The longevity herb, Gotu Kola, is a broad leafed perennial plant that has had a long history of being used for mind, body and soul cleanse. Used for thousands of years in China, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Siam, Gotu Kola is a key ingredient in the practice of locally sourced and developed herbal remedies such as Ayurvedic Medicine. A member of the same family as parsleys, a plant rich in antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties as well as a number of other benefits, it grows near shallow freshwater lakes and rivers. The plant is often made up of white flowers but sometimes it can consist of light purple or pink flowers. The small fan-shaped green leaves and stems are where the true value of the Gotu Kola plant is, as they are what help benefit the human body.

In ayurvedic medicinal practice, the Gotu Kola leaves and stems were often mixed with other herbs and spices to create herbal and oil panacea that help to cleanse physical imbalances. These not only assisted with physical ailments but also brought bountiful benefits to healing mind, body and soul.

"The plant itself is hardy, invasive, self-propagating and grows best with no maintenance or water at all, which aligns with our zero-waste ethos perfectly."

Combined with yoga, therapy and meditation, it was believed to help one maintain and develop their understanding of and connection with the universe.

Gotu Kola Benefits

There is research that helps support the idea that Gotu Kola can help heal both the mind and body. Similar to properties found in Tamanu oil and Calendula oil, Gotu Kola has been shown to quicken the healing process of wounds and have significant amounts of antioxidants. However, Gotu Kola benefits have some very unique properties.

  • Improves Blood Circulation

    Gotu Kola has been shown to improve blood circulation and reduce inflammation.This is especially helpful for conditions like venous insufficiency and varicose veins, otherwise known as “spider veins”. This is where the valves and walls in your blood vessels, often in the legs due to how far they are from your heart, begin to stop working normally and blood begins to collect or pool in these veins. This can result in veins looking swollen and inflamed. However, Gotu Kola has been shown to relieve and repair these blood vessel valves and walls, therefore reducing their appearance and giving you the chance to renew skin and maintain skin balance.

    Interestingly enough, there is some evidence that shows it can reduce swelling in the ankles and joints and possibly even prevent strokes.
  • Better Healing

    Gotu Kola is one of the best essential oils for healing scars. Current studies believe that a substance, triterpene, is effective at stimulating collagen and helping to speed up the growth and repair of blood vessels around a wound. It’s perfect for treating flaky skin, minor burns, cuts, preventing scars and improving regenerative healing after surgery. In these circumstances it's best to use an oil based cleanser, like one of the essential oils for scars, with Gotu Kola topically.
  • Reduces anxiety and improves mood

    Gotu Kola has also been touted as a remedy for a poor mood and anxiety. It had previously been touted in the distant past as effective treatment for depression and improving cognitive functions but more recent studies have shown there is no proof of this happening. However, the side effects of carrying out these studies have shown that when Gotu Kola is applied onto skin, it is able to ward off anxiety-like behaviour, stress and even anger. When used in conjunction with meditation, massage or just a quiet period in the day, Gotu Kola should be your go to oil for being at peace.

  • Additional benefits

    There are also a number of, unproven, benefits to using Gotu Kola such as treating insomnia, improving cognitive function, treating Alzheimer's and even suppressing the toxic side effects of some antibiotics.

    However, you should take these claims with a grain of salt as research into these claims has been limited.

Recommended products to use with Gotu Kola

Of course, it’s important to find out what kind of nourishing oils contain Gotu Kola and ask ourselves what essential oil is good for scars and removing toxins from our blood vessels.

  • RENEW

    Renew remedy oil is an oil based cleanser which is a combination of Gotu Kola oil with Organic Argan Oil, Organic Rosehip Oil, Vitamin E, Organic Lavender Essential Oil, Organic Helichrysum Essential Oil and Wildcrafted Japanese Knotweed. It combines these unique and ecologically friendly ingredients to provide you the perfect tincture for renewing your skin. This makes RENEW remedy oil the best oil for scars, marks and blemishes.
  • SMOOTH

    Smooth remedy oil is the perfect vessel for removing toxins, smoothing the skin by infusing it with collagen and stimulating fat metabolism. Combining Gotu Kola with Fair Trade Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil, Green Coffee Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Vitamin E, Organic Rosemary Essential Oil, Organic Helichrysum Essential Oil, and Wildcrafted Burdock Root creates an all natural cleansing oil that can be easily and readily applied to your skin.

It is best to consistently apply base oil and one of the oils above to a large affected area of skin. But, when dealing with a small area of skin, it’s best to use small concentrated remedy oils for targeted treatment for a short period of time.

For further instructions on how to apply and use World of Myoth oils refer to this instructional guide.

How to apply oils

However as with all things it is best to find out if applying Gotu Kola Oil doesn’t have any unintended consequences for you. To begin with, think about applying a very small amount of Gotu Kola Oil onto a non-sensitive area of your skin, like a forearm or hand and see if there are any reactions to it being there.

If no reaction is felt then you may begin consistently applying a base oil and one of the oils listed above to the affected area of skin. Adjust the amount needed to be applied on the size of the affected area of skin.

For further instructions on how to apply and use World of Myoth oils and powders refer to this instructional guide.

 

Links to products/definitions

World of Myoth: RENEW (Scars + Marks)

https://www.worldofmyoth.com/products/remedy-oil-renew-scars-marks?variant=18931246039113

World of Myoth: SMOOTH (Cellulite + Veins)

https://www.worldofmyoth.com/products/remedy-oil-smooth-cellulite-veins?variant=18931259048009

World of Myoth: How to apply oils on your skin

https://www.worldofmyoth.com/pages/process

World of Myoth: Base oil catalog

https://www.worldofmyoth.com/collections/base-oil

Ayurvedic Medicine

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/ayurveda

Parsley Benefits

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3249911/

Calendula oil

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10YdCqBzz280pVBBEOQtsicmEZ6jEb1G11V4NtM_0xcc/edit

Tamanu oil

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kuE0Q-9IOjL1u86abjFwdMbLF3eQ1siuvOwlweac3Ao/edit

Venous insufficiency

https://www.healthline.com/health/venous-insufficiency

Varicose veins

https://www.healthline.com/health/varicose-veins

Triterpene

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triterpene

 

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