Brahmi Therapeutic Uses (Waterhyssop, Bacopa monnieri)

Brahmi Therapeutic Uses – Waterhyssop, Bacopa Monnieri, Herb of Grace, Meet the Mastermind

Brahmi has been used for thousands of years to sharpen memory, improve brain health, and calm nerves.

Brahmi Therapeutic Uses

By now, you’ve been introduced to the Queen, Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum), and the King, Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). Now meet the royal advisor and mastermind, Brahmi, which is also known as Bacopa monnieri, Water Hyssop, Thyme-leaved Gratiola, Herb of Grace, and Indian Pennywort.

What is Brahmi?

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is a perennial, creeping herb in the family Scrophulariaceae. It is native to the wetlands of southern and Eastern India, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America.

Brahmi – Key Characteristics

The leaves of this plant are succulent, oblong, and thick. The plant has small, white actinomorphic flowers with four to five petals. Its ability to grow in water makes it a popular aquarium plant. Bacopa is a medicinal herb used in Ayurveda, where it is also known as Brahmi, after Brahmā, the Hindu God of creation.

Brahmi Traditional Uses

The name Brahmi literally means “energy of universal consciousness.”

Brahmi has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for more than 3,000 years. Its use and effects are described in texts such as the Charaka Samhita, Atharva-Veda, and Susrut Samhita as a Medhya Rasayana-class herb. Medhya means intellect and/or memory. Rasayana means a therapeutic procedure or preparation that, with regular practice, will boost a target body system.

Ancient Vedic scholars allegedly used the herb to help them memorize lengthy sacred hymns and scriptures. It is commonly used as a rejuvenator of the mind, a memory enhancer, and a meditation support that can increase clarity of thought.

According to Ayurveda, the plant is bitter, pungent, heating, emetic, and laxative. In Ayurveda, Brahmi therapeutic uses include helping to treat bad ulcers, tumors, ascites, enlargement of spleen, indigestion, inflammations, leprosy, anaemia, and biliousness. According to the Unani system of medicine, the plant is bitter, aphrodisiac, and helpful in the treatment of scabies, leucoderma, and syphilis. It is considered a promising blood purifier and useful in treating diarrhea and fevers.

Brahmi Therapeutic Uses

Intrigued by the enthnomedicinal use of Brahmi, modern researchers have been inspired to study the potential of Brahmi therapeutic uses. The medicinal properties of Brahmi have been researched and analyzed in hundreds of scientific papers, including in vitro, animal, and human studies.

Properties that have been studied and found statistically significant include adaptogenic, analgesic, anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antioxidant, anti-ulcerogenic, immunostimulatory, hepatoprotective, neuroprotective, and nootropic.

(We examine these Brahmi therapeutic uses and what they might mean to your optimal health here. You can also learn more here.)

Smoothies to Improve Memory and Brain Health

The Linden Botanicals team developed a simple and healthy memory boost smoothie recipe to support nootropic brain health — particularly improved memory. Memory boost smoothies are blended drinks of fresh fruits, dark leafy greens, supplements, and Brahmi extract that will help you improve your memory while also energizing you and transforming your body from the inside out. Best of all — they taste great!

Brahmi – The Mastermind

Is your mind racing? We think it should be. But to be clear, we sell Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), not because it may relieve any specific condition, but because we like that it supports the function of various body systems, in particular cognition, in a way that can help you optimize your health.