So I was doing some reading today on Indian and Ayurvedic ethnobotany and came across this great article on Gotu Kola: http://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/gotu-kola-benefits-of-the-herb-of-enlightenment and it instantly made me want to start growing it myself. Seems like a great plant to have around... It's known on the Indian subcontinent as the 'herb of enlightenment' and sounds like an all around brilliant plant.
Has anyone here heard of it and tried to grow it? Looking for tips and insights... I live in a warmish climate in the southwest US (Arizona). Do you think it could handle a greenhouse or would it be better outdoors? Any input is greatly appreciated especially if you have experience with this lovely herb...
Gotu Kola is made into a product sold by standard process-Medi Herb, I've seen it recommended for post pardum healing. I have not grown it or applied it otherwise but thought I would share what I do know about it.
Gotu Kola likes the heat. I can grow it outside in the summer in the Pacific NW, but have to grow it in the greenhouse in the winter. It dies outside here. In the greenhouse it flourishes. It also likes plenty of water. It is great in salads besides using it in a tincture, tea or salve. It creeps or spreads across the grownd and will cover an area if happy.
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I love gotu kola, it is an extremely useful little plant. Its adaptogenic properties are perfect for post pardum, or in any instance of trauma or stress to the body. I had trouble keeping it happy indoors in zone 7. It likes heat and moisture, so be sure to keep it wet!
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