While this isn’t a familiar plant, Gotu kola has been used for thousands of years in China, Japan, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. In ancient times it was used for healing wounds, treating psoriasis and leprosy, and improving mental clarity. In more recent times, it has become a treatment for varicose veins, but now it is also being recognized for the treatment it provides for hair loss!
Benefits of Gotu Kola
The popularity of this herb and oil has been skyrocketing in the natural hair community. Because it is filled with so many medicinal properties, adding it to your hair care regimen can help hair loss, but it also helps provide nourishment for healthier hair as well.
Prevents Hair Loss
Because Gotu kola has been used to treat varicose veins, it makes sense that is also a treatment for the veins in the scalp as well. When the veins are strengthened, it can provide additional nourishment to the hair follicle, which can boost hair growth! When the scalp and follicles receive the appropriate blood flow, the oxygenation helps improve the malnourished cells and hair follicles.
Moisturize Hair Strands
Gotu kola is also filled with many minerals that help provide protein and moisture to your strands. If you’re suffering from dry, broken hair, adding Gotu kola can strengthen your hair and provide you with locked-in moisture.
Increases Hair Growth
One of the many reasons many flock to this natural product is because it helps them achieve healthy hair growth. With improved circulation and oxygenation to the scalp, the follicles become rejuvenated. This not only helps with hair fall, but it also encourages your hair to grow faster in the healthy follicles.
Improves Natural Sheen
If you’re looking for a product that is going to improve the natural luster of your hair, Gotu kola is a great option. The vitamins and minerals help your natural hair have the sheen you’ve been looking for.
How to Use Gotu Kola
Gotu kola can be used as a capsule or tea that you ingest or a liquid extract or powder. These can be purchased through many local health stores or online, however, you want to make sure that they are properly tested. There are quite a few inferior products out there that have poor quality, so make sure they’ve been properly vetted by a third-party vetting company.
If you are looking to get the most benefits out of this herb, we suggest purchasing an oil that you can massage into your scalp. Wait thirty minutes then wash with your traditional shampoo.
Are There Side Effects?
With all supplements, if you are going to ingest them we suggest you speak to your doctor first to make sure there are no drug interactions with your current medications. Gotu kola does cause problems with people who have liver disease and can cause excessive sleepiness when ingested. If you take any of the following medications, we suggest staying away from Gotu kola:
- Other sleep medications
Because of the ingestible side effects, we do suggest that you apply topically. With all oils that you apply to your skin, you can be at risk for irritations like hives, itchiness, and redness, however, the risk of side effects is much less than for ingesting.
This is one potent herb! While it might be a great benefit for your hair loss, we do suggest that you speak with your doctor before giving this one a try.