Gotu Kola Powder, Wild Crafted

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Gotu kola powder is the dried and ground leaf of an aquatic plant indigenous to swampy, tropical areas of Indonesia. In Sri Lanka, the leaf is cooked as a vegetable as an accompaniment to curry, rice and dahl, usually in combination with chili powder, turmeric, grated coconut and lime.

Powdered gotu kola can be sprinkled directly into foods, encapsulated or incorporated into skin care preparations.

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information at a glance

approximate cups to one pound6
originsri lanka
active compoundsTriterpene acids, including asiatic acid, terminolic acid and madecassic acid. The herb also contains triterpene saponins, such as asiaticoside, asiaticoside A and B, madecassoside and brahminoside.
plant part usedfresh or dried leaves and stems

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaLight green powder with no noticeable aroma.


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cosmeticInfuse in oil, water or alcohol for use in various skin care formulas.
culinaryUse as a seasoning in your favorite Indian recipes.
safetyConsult your health care practitioner before using this herb if you also take prescription medications. (See below for more information.)

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gotu kola

Lacking flavor on its own, pair this herb with turmeric, chili powder and other warm spices.

formulas & recipes

gotu kola

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what else you should know

gotu kola

Gotu kola is an aquatic plant that spreads on creeping reddish-green stems. The entire plant, including the rootstock, is harvested by hand for use as food and in traditional healing. Yet, although it is a botanical cousin to parsley, all parts of the plant lack any detectable fragrance or flavor. The herb is called “the fountain of life” in China, however, because it was consumed daily by Li Ching-Yuen, an herbalist and Tai Chi Chuan master who reputedly lived more than 200 years.

Gotu kola should be taken on an alternating schedule with a two-week “off” period, and for no longer than six months total. This herb may affect how the liver metabolizes medications or increase the effects of certain medicines. Check with your doctor before using gotu kola if you take diuretics, antidepressants, diabetes medications or drugs to lower cholesterol. This herb should not be used during pregnancy or lactation or given to children. Also, because the compound asiaticoside is associated with stimulating cell growth in skin tumors in animal studies, you should not take gotu kola if you have a history of skin cancer.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.