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Common names: Brahmi, Water Hyssop, Indian Pennywort, Memory Herb
Taxonomic name: Bacopa monnieri
Uses: Memory improvement, anti-inflammatory, stimulant
Area of origin: Across the northern hemisphere
Can cause nausea and gastrointestinal upset
Brahmi is a sprawling herb that is home in the wet, even brackish, conditions of marshes throughout Asia.
It is one of the Ayurvedic herbs that are used to improve one’s memory and may even be useful in degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Being quite bitter, it helps digestion and increases energy through stimulating the liver and gall bladder.
Improving memory as well as increasing energy and general well being marks Brahmi as a herb that can help anxiety as well.
Brahmi is a sprawling, almost succulent herb with thick leaves that are an elongated oval in shape. They arranged opposite my on the stems. It has small, white flowers that have five petals.