Here are 5 awesome benefits of Brahmi / Timare / Ekpani / Ondelaga leaves. Read more about this incredible herb that grows in / near water, appears delicate, but is a powerhouse of antioxidants. This humble looking herb is second to none when it comes to health benefits. It has been mentioned in Auyrveda for times immeorial to help with a lot of ailments.
In this article
- What is Brahmi / Timare / Ondelaga?
- Benefits of Brahmi.
- How to consume Brahmi.
What is Brahmi / Timare / Ondelaga?
Brahmi is known as Timare in Kannada. It is a herb that grows throughout the year and is very popular in traditional medicine across the world. It is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and some parts of the Southern USA. The stems of the Timare plant are slender, have a long stalk with a single leaf at the top. This gives it the name of Ekpani in Konkani and Ondelaga in Kannada (both meaning single leaf).
Benefits of Brahmi / Timare / Ondelaga
Helps in reducing inflammation.
Inflammation is your body’s natural response to help heal and fight disease. Brahmi is a great remedy to provide relief from arthritis-related inflammation. It also soothes the stomach layers and helps in cases of gastric ulcers. It helps clear excess mucus, reduce the inflammation of the throat and provide relief to sinus and related respiratory problems.
Boosts brain function and improves memory
Timare is found to significantly improve the speed of visual information processing, learning rate, and memory. It has a positive effect on the hippocampus that is responsible for memory, concentration, and intelligence. The compounds in Brahmi are found to be useful in treating or preventing cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This helps in keeping the mind sharp as we grow old.
Read more about the study here.
Helps manage anxiety and stress
As stress is linked to many diseases, research on an effective anti-stress agent (adaptogen) from plants has gained importance. Ekpani helps reduce the levels of Cortisol, the stress-causing hormone. Brahmi has proven to have good anti-stress agents. Since this is a plant-based solution it is generally safe to consume. It also helps in calming the mind down and help with sleep disorders.
Helps lower blood pressure levels
Brahmi helps reduce the levels of cortisol and in turn, helps to reduce the blood pressure. Brahmi leaves are known for antihyperglycemic properties and are recommended for diabetics.
Beauty benefits of Brahmi
Brahmi oil has been used in traditional ayurvedic medicine to treat dry scalp and hair fall. The oil is found to rejuvenate the hair roots and help reduce hair fall over time. Massaging the oil on the scalp reduces dandruff, itchiness, split ends, and provides a soothing sensation to the head.
The oil is also found to make the skin supple, improve the texture, and helps with skin cell regeneration.
The healing properties of Brahmi oil has been used in Ayurveda to heal wounds and reduce the appearance of scars.
How to consume Brahmi
Brahmi and Tulsi Tea is an awesome combination that is available in the market. The tea is caffeine-free and helps relax, reduce stress and, strengthen immunity.
Extract of Brahmi leaves has been used since times immemorial in traditional ayurvedic preparation. This juice helps soothe the stomach, improves digestion and metabolism.
The dosage of Brahmi juice depends on various factors. Please refer to the label on the product for more details.
Use the raw leaves and add to chutney that you consume every day. This helps improve memory power and keeps you active.