Gotu Kola Tropical Tea

Gotu kola or Indian pennywort (scientific name: Centella asiatica) is a perennial herb, believed to be originally from India but now growing wild throughout Asia, Africa, Australia, Latin America and in the southern parts of the United States. Although it is a naturally sturdy plant and thrives in the wild, it can be quite difficult to cultivate outside its natural habitat. Gotu kola can be grown from seeds or by dividing mature plants. It prefers a wet and partially shady habitat and can be found growing in thick mats near riverbanks, bogs, water gardens and marshes. It can grow in light, medium and heavy soils.

Although it prefers to grow in moist soil and partial shade, gotu kola will still survive under full sun although the leaves will be smaller and less succulent than their wild cousins. It is also vulnerable to low temperatures and frost. The plants put out tiny, pink to red flowers from July to August and their seeds ripen from August to September.

People eat Gotu kola leaves in curries and salads. People observed that elephants had a habit of foraging on Gotu kola, which started the belief that the herb can prolong life, since elephants are supposed to be the longest living mammals in the world. Others believed that eating a few leaves daily will revive tired and worn-out bodies and brains. At the same time, traditional medicine, especially the ancient Indian system of medicine called Ayuverda, has used the herb for many other types of health problems such as high blood pressure and nervous disorders. Gotu kola is considered one of the most important herbs in Ayuverda and was discussed in Ayuverdic writings thousands of years ago.

Gotu kola has developed a reputation as a rejuvenator and in China it was even known as the "fountain of life." Aside from eating the fresh leaves, people have brewed gotu kola tea and used it as a rejuvenating tonic for both body and mind. Now, Neuleaf Gotu Kola tea is one of Neuleaf's new line of Age Defying and Beautifying teas.