Mercury rules Wednesday and the intellect so Brahmi ( Bacopa Monieri) is an excellent herb to incorporate on wednesdays.
Brahmi helps improve intelligence, memory and revitalises brain cells. I often suggest this herb for clients going through menopause when they experience brain fog, loss of memory and difficulty sleeping. Menopause is one of the three times in a woman’s life that her brain shrinks. One is puberty, the second is in pregnancy, and the third is during menopause. (Don’t worry! The brain is an amazing organ and returns to its normal size once these transitions are over).
Brahmi is very effective in treating insomnia; using Brahmi oil to massage the head evokes a sound sleep and encourages hair growth. In addition, Brahmi relaxes tight muscles caused by tension so good to ease constipation and menstrual discomfort.
Brahmi is a nerve tonic. It is rejuvenating and nourishing to the nervous system. It is beneficial for those recovering from exhaustion, and it is a recommended treatment for epilepsy, alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, ADHD and depression.
Brahmi’s Calming effect on the mind helps aid in recovery from addiction and drug abuse, it is is also very effective for skin conditions with nervous disorders.
A cup of Brahmi tea with honey helps to aid meditation practice and Brahmi combined with milk or ghee cools pitta and is nourishing for the nerves.
Its cool nature is calming and soothing to the liver, and it cleanses the blood improves the immune system and is effective in calming excess anger.
Brahmi is bitter, sweet, and cooling and is suitable for all three doshas. However, it increases vata in excess, and its very cooling nature makes it an appetite suppressant for those with a weak Agni (digestive fire). In these cases, teaming Brahmi with herbs that stimulate the appetite, like cumin, ajwain cardamom, and ginger, are ideal.
Note: Articles on Inner Farmacy are solely to share the knowledge of Ayurveda and bring awareness to natural healing and holistic living. Please do not substitute this information for professional medical advice. Ingredients discussed can interfere with certain medications. So, before using anything to treat yourself, always consult an Ayurvedic doctor or practitioner.