Centella Asiatica (Pennywort)
LATIN NAME: Centella Asiatica
COMMON NAME: Pennywort, Gotu kola
Location: Native to the Asian wetlands, and found it tropical areas worldwide.
Description: This bright green herb, with long, narrow stems and rounded, serrated leaves, is a member of the parsley family. It favors a warm, moist climate, and was first harvested on the Indian subcontinent. Though all parts of the plant are useful, only the stems, leaves, and tiny white-to-pink flowers are used to make medicines. Several of the plant’s pharmaceutical properties have been supported by clinical studies, and it is reported to have a variety of health, wellness, and healing benefits.
Traditional Apothecary: A versatile herb, Centella Asiatica has a vast variety of uses—from a topical skin ointment to a tonic for dysentery. Clinical trials show that chemicals in the plant stimulate the production of collagen, thus helping to heal wounds and burns. It’s also used to treat psoriasis and stretch marks. Along with its strong anti-oxidant and antibacterial properties, some women use the herb to increase their libido.