Ancient Remedy for Brain Fog gets a Modern Boost, with Video Instructions!
Monk in a Mug, Gets Bulletproofed!
Gotu Kola,Centella asiatica, an herb beloved by ancient and modern Yogis alike, that here gets a modern upgrade with the addition of a powerful brain tonic called MCT oil. You may have heard about MCT as it was made famous by the Bulletproof coffee founder, Dave Asprey, and has now gained in popularity so much so, that its found in almost all health food stores.
The combination of the two is an powerful synergy for creating clarity, improved perspective and drastically improving brain fog, and slow mental processing, especially when these happen in response to stress. Gotu Kola, also known as Brahmi, has a long history of use all across Asia, and is one of most important herbs for the mind in Ayurveda. And its eaten as a food in Thailand, Sri Lanka and other places. We’re growing this plant outside of our Portland Herbal School and it does well in the warmer months, but we take it inside during the cold.
It is remarkable when a powerful remedy can also be so gentle that its eaten as food in larger amounts. This is similar to herbs like Maca, which is a powerful tonic but is also a food. This shows how gentle some powerful herbs are. Now keep in mind, there are many others that you wouldn’t want to eat large amounts of as that would be dangerous.
The Effects are Subtle but Powerful: With Gotu kola, the effects are slow to take hold and notice, but still profound and deeply acting. When you feel its effects, subtle as they are, you get a chance to understand a way that herbs can subtly affect our mind and still cause a big shift. In this way, we can still do our day to day activities, which is unlike the way in which some stronger acting sedatives or calming agents act.
1/4 oz Gotu Kola, made into a infusion. That is, with 1 qt, or roughly 1l of hot water poured onto it, and then let is sit for 20 minutes, and strained.
1 Tablespoon MCT oil, plus 1 tsp coconut or any other oil stirred in and then blended with an immersion or regular blender to get the best results. In a pinch you can put in a tightly close jar or thermos, and shake vigorously but this won’t work quite as well.
You can get Gotu Kola in most herb stores and online. You can get MCT at most health stores these days. You need both oils mixed together to ensure balance.
Its best to start with small amounts of MCT due to the way that it can interact with some people digestive tracts. Using the other small amount of a fat helps prevent any irritation. Follow the package instructions on MCT for amounts and if you want, slowly work your way up to more. There are a small handful of people who don’t really ever do well with straight MCT, so if you start small and still get a gurgly feeling, and maybe some looseness than you may be one of those people that this just doesn’t work for. Its ok, if thats the case, because Gotu Kola works great just by itself too.
Hoping that you can get some Gotu Kola and see for yourself, the subtle but powerful effects of this monk in a mug, as we call it and benefit from the addition of MCT.
If you like this combination of Traditional Wisdom and Cutting Edge concepts, then you’d enjoy our perspectives at Vital Ways, where we combine the two, to get the best results.
If you happen to try these, please let us know how it works for you, and if you want to learn more, then we welcome you to take a class, where we delve deeply into herbs for the mind, stress and vital health.
Wishing you every success on your path to vibrant health,
And if you want to learn more, then our herbalist training courses at our Portland Herbal School, will give you the deep dive into how Vital Way’s herbalists work with the mind, and body holistically.
Christopher is the Founder and Director of Vital Ways Institute and has been a lover of nature since birth, and a researcher of holistic health and nature since 1986. He believes that humans have incredible potential to thrive even in the modern world by living more closely aligned with nature's wisdom, and using Healing Herbs, Nutrition, Lifestyle, Environment and Mindset approaches.