LEARN WHY GOTU KOLA SHOULD BE ADDED TO YOUR LIST OF GO-TO ANTI-AGING ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

by Christina


WHAT IS GOTU KOLA?!

I'm going to start off with admitting I really knew very little about this ingredient until I ran across it a couple of times recently in some organic and natural beauty products! As I often do, I decided to look into what Gotu Kola is and what it actually does- is it something that's really beneficial to your skin?! I wanted to know these answers and see for myself if it was true...

So what exactly is IT?! It's actually an annual plan from the Mackinlayaceae subfamily of Apiaceae (carrot family)- and yes those are about as hard to pronounce as they seem they would be! It's commonly known as Asiatic pennywort of Indian pennywort in English, but the plant is native to wetlands in Asia and known as dhal, jackfruit, or pumpkin curry in those parts of the country.Gotu Kola is also utilized in cooking preparation in many countries such as in Sri  Lankan cuisine, Indonesian, parts of Vietnam & Thailand, Malay cuisine, and Bangladeshi as well!

The roots and other parts of the Gotu kola plant contain high amounts of triterpenoids like brahmic acid; triterpenoids are coupounds that contain precursors of steroids and usually come from plants and animals. These roots and the entire plant is at maturity in 3 months and harvested manually based on its growing cycle. The flowers are white or pinkish to red, in small clusters that bear little, warty fruit. Gotu kola needs low,wet areas to grow- which is why it thrives in areas of India and Southeast Asia. The unfortunate result of the way in which the plant grows in water however, is that it's highly susceptible to bacterial contamination.


GOTU KOLA BENEFITS TO SKIN:

This herb has been used for centuries in many ancient cultures for the treatment of many skin conditions- we are now discovering there might be some truth to what we've considered folk medicine for many years! Gotu Kola is a prime example of that viewpoint- it's benefits are numerous, but only as of recently have we really began to study this plant and what it has to offer. 

There have been some recent medical studies done at the University of  Maryland Medical Center that showed how Gotu Kola is able to increase blood flow and reduce the appearance and number of varicose veins, in addition to a reduction in swelling. Patients not only saw their symptoms improve, but they had less fluid leakage {what causes varicose veins}. 

When looking at healing skin wounds, strengthening skin, and boosting anti-oxidants- Gotu Kola has shown remarkable promise in these areas too. The benefits don't stop there though as the herb can reduce and even prevent stretch marks, improve the symptoms of psoriasis, and help the healing and elimination of scars as well :) The plant is produced into a variety of extracts: dried herb, powdered herb, tincture mixture, and a standardized extract method. It can be found in many creams due to it's variety of extraction methods and effectiveness in skincare.



IS THERE A PRODUCT I RECOMMEND THAT CONTAINS GOTU KOLA?!

OZ NATURALS SUPER YOUTH EYE GEL $19.95*

*oznaturals.com pricing!

Full List Of Ingredients:
Ingredients: Organic Aloe, Matrixyl 3000, Palmitoyl Triepeptide-3, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Plant Stem Cells, Cucumber Hydrosol, Organic Jojoba Oil, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, MSM, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Silk Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L’Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Wildcrafted Periwinkle, Organic Licorice, Wildcrafted Eye Bright, Wildcrafted Reishi, Organic Gotu Kola, Frankincense, Vitamin E, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

This is by far, one of my FAV products from Oz Naturals and I have almost their entire collection of products! I'm a major fan of the organic and natural approach when it comes to skincare and cosmetics and Oz Naturals really makes quality, organic products that are effective and won't make you broke either! If you're seeking an affordable eye gel, this is the one to go with. The product does have an anti-aging focus, but is a great item for anyone!

As it's fantastic at tightening and brightening and it's also never too early to start thinking about preventing the signs of aging this Super Youth Eye Gel from Oz Naturals is the perfect solution for everyone :) Plant stem cells, Hyaluronic Acid, and Vitamin E make this eye product packed full of ingredients that are actually good for your skin! At only .5 fl. ounces, the amount of product appears to be little- yet you don't need to use much of this gel at all to easily get a nice thin layer around and underneath both eyes.

You can use this product as advised in the instructions for your entire face it you so choose, but I have a serum that I apply on a daily basis in place of this. I really like the noticeable and immediate difference when I use this gel underneath my eyes- it's a great help in reducing puffiness, dark circles, and the "tired-eyes" look! I'd highly recommend this product for anyone to give a try- it's affordable, won't irritate even the most sensitive of skin, and is very effective :) 


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