Restoring Divine Feminine Energy with Brahmi
Brahmi has been used to describe two distinct Ayurvedic herbs – Centella asiatica and Bacopa monnieri. Brahmi is a fitting name for both of them. Brahmi is a Sanskrit word that refers to the feminine essence of universal consciousness as well as the creative potential that emerges from pure awareness. Both of the herbs that bear the name Brahmi are thought to promote subtle awareness and sattva (the pure essence of consciousness). They are also both highly revered for their mind-enhancing properties and their support of the nervous system as a whole. This post focus on highlighting the primary applications of each of these herbs, as well as some useful distinctions between them.
To some extent, the dual use of the name Brahmi can be understood by simple geography; in Southern India, ‘brahmi’ refers to Bacopa monnieri, and in Northern India, it is Centella asiatica. In the west, Centella asiatica is also widely known by its Singhalese name, gotu kola. To make matters even more complicated, each of these herbs has two Latin binomial names; Centella asiatica is synonymous with Hydrocotyle asiatica and Bacopa monnieri is synonymous with Herpestes monniera.
The fact that these two herbs have very similar actions only adds to the confusion that exists around them. Hopefully, the information that follows will offer some clarity. In the interest of simplicity, we will refer here to Centella asiatica as ‘gotu kola’ and Bacopa monnieri as ‘bacopa.’ Honouring the fact that both of these herbs have legendary effects on the mind and consciousness, we will use ‘brahmi,’ to refer to both them – in reference to the actions and benefits that they share.
BENEFITS OF BRAHMI
- Open and clarify the mind
- Strengthen memory and intellect
- Support focus and concentration
- Encourage a balanced emotional state
- Promote daytime energy and nighttime sleep
- Support healthy blood cells
- Promote healthy skin & hair