JUL 2018

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in focus by Dana Robinson © GETTY IMAGES Gotu Kola G otu kola, also known as Centella asiatica and Asiatic pennywort, looks like a simple salad ingredient that you'd fi nd in a grocery store. But for centuries, people throughout its native China, Japan, India and Indonesia have been ingesting as well as applying the tiny— and potent—herb topically to heal ailments including anxiety, varicose veins and minor burns. In Sri Lanka it was observed that elephants, noted for their longevity, often ate the plant, and the French began using it to heal wounds on the skin in the late 1800s, notes Diana Ralys, founder and owner of Radiance Wellness Spa in Santa Monica, California. It's these restorative benefi ts that have brought the powerhouse plant beyond the medical community and into the world of wellness, where its healing and antiaging properties have been promptly embraced and incorporated into spas' top rejuvenating services. is increasingly popular herb packs an antiaging punch. [ 14 ] • # dayspamagazine • july 2018 A Gotu kola is known as "Brahmi" in Ayurvedic medicine, meaning "Greatest of the Great." A The semi-circular leaves of the plant resemble a sideways view of the human brain. QUICK FACTS

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