How to Grow Brahmi
Plant Type: Perennial Creeping Herb
Harvest Season: Blooms Summer - Fall and can be harvested year-round.
Mature Size: Reaches a height of 6 in. but can spread or hang 2-3 ft.
Soil & Moisture: Rich, moist, sandy soil. Loves water!
Exposure: Full Sun (with ample water), Part Shade, Shade
Zone Hardiness: 8-11 can be grown as an Annual in colder climates.
Brahmi in Ayurveda
In Ayurvedic medicine, Brahmi has been used to support the optimal function of the nervous system, including enhancing memory, learning, and concentration. It It is said that the ancient Vedic scholars would utilize Brahmi to help them memorize and recite the ancient prayers, and songs contained with the Hindu religious texts. Brahmi also has a cooling effect on the physiology, in contrast to herbs like cinnamon or ginger which provide 'internal warmth' for the body. Other uses of Brahmi include as a mood regulator, to alleviate anxiety, to help with depression, chronic fatigue, insomnia, respiratory issues, and other cognitive issues.
The main chemical constituent worth noting in Bacopa monnieri are the saponin bacosides. These chemicals are hypothesized as providing the neuroprotective and nootropic effects of the plant. Current pharmacological research is assessing Bacopa monnieri's potential use in treatments for Alzheimer's and Dementia patients.
Brahmi as a Nootropic
Cognition. Bacopa has antioxidant effects which enhances cognitive function. Bacopa extract helps prevent arterial plaque that can lead to heart attack, stroke and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Anxiety and stress. Bacopa has a significant anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effect. It appears to modulate brain levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. This has an effect on mood regulation.