Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola, Centella asiatica, or Asiatic pennywort is a perennial flowering plant and member of the parsley family.  It has a long history of being used in India, China and Indonesia for wound healing, improving mental clarity, and treating skin conditions.  In China it has also been used to treat respiratory infections. Studies in western medicine has shown gotu kola to reduce swelling and improve blood flow, therefore being useful in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.  Another potential useful application would be to decrease swelling and fluid accumulation for those who fly.  The mechanism by which it... Read More »


When growing chaga looks like rot or a burnt nub on the side of a tree.  The outside is black, however when broken open the inside is a beautiful rust color.  Now that I’ve painted a colorful picture how do you feel about ingesting this fungus?  Then I called it a fungus, so now I’m sure it sounds totally appealing to ingest.  I ask, at this point, that you don’t be too quick to judge how it sounds because this shroom has some mighty benefits.  Also good news, you don’t have to eat it, you can take it as a... Read More »

Holy Basil or Tulsi

Holy Basil or Tulsi is an herb held in high regard in Ayruvedic Medicine used to treat colds, flu, and cough.  However, more recent research has found multiple uses for this highly desirable plant beyond treating a virus.  Tulsi is now considered an adaptogen.  If you are unfamiliar with that term, it basically means that when you ingest this herb it will help the body cope with numerous stressors to restore the body’s physiological and psychological function.  Think about  taking something that intuitively knows where to go and what to do in your body to make things better, that’s an... Read More »