Brahmi Benefits

Latin Name

Bacopa monniera

Also Known As

Jalnaveri, Jalanimba, Sambrani chettu, thyme-leaved gratiola


India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Taiwan

Parts Used

Aerial parts, leaves and stalks

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Bacopa monniera is the authentic Brahmi, it is often confused with Hydrocotyle asiatica /Gota Kola which is also known as Brahmi in North India.

Its mind enhancing and nervous system soothing qualities are legendary. It really is the Ayurvedic brain boost. It is recommended for use in adults and children as it is mild and gentle and appropriate for any age.

Brahmi is traditionally known as a nervine tonic, soothing anxiety and tension and calming the mind and body, promoting relaxation. It is beneficially for promoting mental clarity, alertness and short and long term memory whilst relieving mental fatigue.

Brahmi is said to improves protein activity and synthesis in brain cells, thus increasing intelligence and decreasing aging. A gentle mental tonic promoting relaxation, awareness and clarity.
Bacopa monniera is known for its beneficial actions on brain, memory, mental deficiency, Alzheimer's disease, learning skills, anxiety, depression, stress, epilepsy and ADHD in children.

Typical Use

Suggested Dosage
Fair Trade Brahmi powder-
2 - 6 grams/day
Mixed with milk or juice
Brahmi Tincture-
2-6ml per day
(Doses can be split into 2-3 doses per day)
(Or as directed by a herbal practitioner)

Folklore and History

Brahmi is an Ayurvedic herb used in India for many years as a memory aid, as a mild sedative, and as a mind tonic. Brahmi is named after the Hindu God Brahman, who is the all pervading consciousness responsible for all "creative forces" in the world.


Two saponins, designated as bacopaside I and II, are found in Bacopa monniera. Additional phytochemicals betulinic acid, wogonin and oroxindin have been isolated from the aerial parts of Bacopa monniera. Bacopa also has the flavonoids apigenin and luteolin.


No side effects have been observed from Bacopa monniera, and it has been taken by people in India for centuarys. It is given to infants safely.