Brahmi / Ondalega / Timare / Centella asiatica

Brahmi / Ondalega / Timare / Centella asiatica

Brahmi is a natural herb that has been used for centuries in Asia to treat various health conditions. Today, it is being studied extensively for its potential benefits against cancer.

Brahmi is also known as Centella asiatica or Chinese angelica. It is commonly called Indian pennywort, Asiatic pennywort, Ondelaga, Brahmi, and mandukaparni.  This plant grows naturally in China, Japan, Korea, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe, North America, and Central America.

It was discovered that Brahmi contains a chemical called triterpenoid saponins that have anti-cancer properties. In addition, it helps prevent cell damage caused by free radicals.

The active ingredients of ondelaga are Asiaticoside, Asiatic acid, Dehydroasiasiatic acid, Asiaticosidic acid, Asiainoside A.

Centella asiatica is one of the most popular herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. In fact, it is often referred to as "the herb of immortality." This ancient plant has been used throughout history to treat a variety of ailments including nervous disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even cancer.

The leaves of Centella are traditionally used in Sri Lankan cuisine. They're added to curries, soups, and rice dishes.

In addition to being used in traditional medicines, Centella is now widely grown across the world. Because of its ability to grow well in both tropical and temperate climates, it is considered a very hardy perennial.

Ondelaga (centella asiatica)

Benefits of Brahmi

Brahmi gel is one of the most effective remedies for treating psoriasis. This product is used for curing psoriasis and it works very well. In fact, it is considered as one of the best home remedies for curing psoriasis. It is a natural remedy that can cure psoriasis quickly without causing any side effects.

Helps in getting rid of redness and burning sensation. Clears up the affected areas of the body. Makes your skin soft and smooth and gives you a glowing appearance. It reduces the itchiness and pain caused due to psoriasis. It provides relief from dryness and flaking.

ondelaga (centella asiatica) 

Precautions when using Brahmi

The herb is often recommended for pregnant women suffering from nausea and vomiting. While it does help reduce such symptoms, it can cause some side effects like dermatitis and burning sensations on the skin. You should avoid consuming it if you suffer from allergies. If you do decide to consume it, make sure to follow the dosage instructions carefully.

There are no reported side effects from using Brahmi. However, there may be some side effects if you take too much of this product. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop taking Brahmi immediately: Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, and Abdominal pain.

Ondelaga (centella asiatica)

Medicinal uses of Centella asiatica

The medicinal use of Centella asiatica has been used for centuries to treat various ailments such as skin conditions, digestive disorders, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer. Centella asiatica contains triterpenes which help prevent cell damage caused by free radicals.

It also helps improve circulation and digestion. The extract of Centella asiatica is rich in saponins which have anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds help reduce swelling and inflammation.

Brahmi leaves are also known to be beneficial in treating depression. Studies show that the extract of Centella asiatica has antidepressant activity.

This herb is also helpful in reducing anxiety and stress. It improves memory and concentration. It also helps in improving sleep patterns.

How to make Brahmi leaves chutney

1. Wash the leaves thoroughly. Chop them finely.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Now add chili, garlic, and jeera, and fry well.

3. Add chopped Brahmi leaves and saute until they turn golden brown. Add salt.

4. Let this mixture cool down completely and transfer to a mixi jar and make a smooth paste.

5. Once cooled, transfer this chutney to an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator.

6. Use this chutney with hot idlis or dosas or rice.

7. You may use this chutney as a salad dressing too.

8. Enjoy!

Ondelaga (centella asiatica)

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