The small shrubby plant prized for its oil and sometimes referred to as Asiatic pennywort,kola,centella or gotu thrives in swampy areas of Asia and India where Winter temperatures are rarely below freezing
Naturesupplies centella oil has active components present in its properties which are exceptionally helpful in the regeneration of tissue and collagen synthesis. Moreover, it firms up the skin and prevents wrinkles. Overall, this makes it a natural anti ageing agent which is called in India Gotu Kola oil.
A chemical analysis of the plant shows a very high Vitamin B content particularly in the leaves and roots. A mix of other elements such as proteins, carbohydrates, resins, phosphates, alkaline salts, alkali, and tannins are also present. A study on its phytochemical components exposes the presence of flavonoids, amino acids, phytosterols, triterpenoid saponins (with centelloside, asiaticoside, asiatic acid, and madecassoside), volatile oils, free acids and sugars.The leaves and stems, all containing highly potent elements, are utilized in the extraction of the precious Centella Asiatica oil, and due to its versatility, the demand for Gotu Kola herb has constantly been on the rise.Centella asiatica oil has been popular with people as it has genetic properties such as: Madecassic acid - aids in the building and formation of collagen and the regeneration of skin tissues.Asiatic acid - tightens the skin, brings back its elasticity and makes it feel more comfortable. It prevents the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.Stimulates the growth of nails and hair.
It is always interesting to note how people in ancient times, some as early as 3000 years ago, have used Centella Asiatica. People have been adding it to their food and drink (gotu kola tea) and using it as an aid in a variety of ways like freshly pounding it or broiling its leaves and stems. The people in the Far East used it for longevity. Indian people utilized it to bolster brain function by increasing alertness and improving memory. Eating two leaves daily was a regular routine for it was believed to maintain youth and make the skin beautiful.
Dose: Up to 2 to 3 drops per day massaged into the skin or diluted into a carrier oil