What Is Brahmi: Learn About Brahmi Plant Care And Garden Uses

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By Liz Baessler

Brahmi is a plant that goes by many names. Its scientific name is Bacopa monnieri, and while it’s native to India, it has since spread to tropical regions all over the world. It is an edible plant that is frequently used for medicinal purposes. Keep reading to learn more about brahmi plant care and how to grow brahmi herbs.

Brahmi Plant Information

What is brahmi? It’s a low growing, creeping herb that reaches a maximum of about 6 inches in height and grows outward in a sprawling pattern. If left to its own devices, it can spread rapidly. Brahmi plant care is pretty easy and forgiving.

It prefers part to full sun and will grow in a wide range of soils. As long as it gets sufficient water, it can thrive in rock, sand and mud. It will even grow directly in water features, forming its foliage as floating mats.

Feed the plants moderately with slow release fertilizer. They’re not heavy feeders, but they do appreciate the nutrients. If you’re growing brahmi in water, however, don’t use any fertilizer, as this will just encourage algae growth.

What are the Benefits of Brahmi?

Brahmi has soft, hairy stems and bright green, oval, succulent leaves. Its flowers are small and white with yellow centers. It is completely edible and is very popular as a medicine when it is steeped into a tea, mixed with oil or worked into a paste.

So what are the benefits of brahmi? There is a huge list of ailments brahmi can be used to treat, from respiratory and stomach problems to memory loss to leprosy. It’s especially common in traditional Indian medicine. It’s also good for promoting general good health.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article is for educational and gardening purposes only. Before using ANY herb or plant for medicinal purposes, please consult a physician or a medical herbalist for advice.

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