By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer
Gotu kola is often known as Asiatic pennywort or spadeleaf, an appropriate nickname for plants with attractive leaves that look like a deck of cards. Looking for more gotu kola plant information? This article can help.
Gotu Kola is a medicinal herb found in river banks, streams, lakes, near ponds, farms, and grows well in clay sand. Its leaf resembles the shape of the kidney, long stem, strong veins, and roots help them to spread larger. It grows widely in wet regions and a most known medicinal herb. It is famous among medicinal plants.
Gotu Kola has a long life span. Its flowers are smaller in size and pink colored. Each bunch of stem contains 3 to 6 flowers. Fruits are smaller in size. Leaf resembles like frog legs.
We can grow Gotu Kola in our home. Plant a branch in your garden. It spreads its branches fastly.
Gotu Kola (Indian Pennywort or Mandukparni, Centella asiatica, Hydrcotyle asiatica) is a medicinal herb, which is used in Ayurveda from centuries to treat brain function related problems such as poor memory, low mental abilities, anxiety, speech issues and sleeplessness. Gotu kola tea, which is prepared from the plant of Centella asiatica is easy to make and offers many health benefits. This tea is especially useful in inducing sound sleep.
For preparing this tea, one teaspoon of finely shredded dried/fresh Gotu kola leaves are taken in a cup of hot water. The cup is covered with lid and the leaves are steeped for 10-15 minutes. After fifteen minutes tea is ready to drink. For stronger taste, you can steep leaves for more time. You can prepare and drink this tea 3-4 times a day.
Gotu Kola tea offers numerous health benefits. It is brain Tonic, which reduces stress, anxiety, tumors, and cures insomnia/sleeplessness and depression. It also improves mental abilities, memory, intellect and removes mental fatigue. Gotu kola tea removes toxins from the liver and blood, improves energy levels and strengthens the kidneys. As per Ayurveda, it balances aggravated Vata and Pitta in the body.
Hydrotherapy is a process in which water (in any of its forms like water, ice, steam) is used externally to treat various ailments. Immersion of feet in both warm and cold water affects the cardiovascular and neuromuscular systems. Warm water promotes the blood flow while cold water helps in pain reduction associated with the condition. 
What to do: Take a bucket of cold water and a bucket of hot water. Soak your feet alternately in both the buckets for about 10-15 minutes. Pat dry and wear socks. Do this once a day.
Oil Infusion: first dry fresh herbs to remove moisture, and then infuse into oil to use directly on the skin, or to make balms and butter.
Bath, Sitz Bath or Foot Bath: Add fresh or dried herbs to hot water.
Infused Vinegar: Infuse dry or fresh herbs into apple cider vinegar
Powdered Herbs: Dry herbs and blitz them into a powder, create face masks and cleansing grains.
Herbal Scrubs: Grind fresh herbs into sugar or salt
I hope this inspires you to grow your own skincare garden. The whole process brings beauty to life: planting the seeds, watching them grow and walking out to your garden to make yourself something beautiful. I would love to know what you plant in our garden, please share on Instagram by tagging #littlegreendot