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Gotu Kola: the herb that helps you glow from head to toe

Most of us are well-acquainted with common plant extracts like chamomile, tea tree and Aloe Vera. However we can almost bet that you’ve never heard of Gotu Kola, a “cure-all” herb that can make your skin look youthful and radiant.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, gotu kola (also known as Indian Pennywort) has been popular in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, due to its alleged ability to significantly extend life expectancy. The herb is nicknamed “the fountain of life”, and according to legend, it even helped one Chinese herbalist live for more than 200 years!

The health and skin benefits of gotu kola

While we’re not totally convinced that gotu kola can really keep a person alive for two centuries, this little plant can help you look and feel younger. Among its many benefits, it reportedly improves memory, restores brain cell function, improves blood circulation (hello radiant skin!), and speeds up the healing of wounds.

Because of its skin healing properties, it’s no surprise that the herb has recently attracted the attention of beauty enthusiasts across the globe. Rich in Saponins, the restorative plant beneficially affects collagen – the key property in connective tissue – consequently repairing skin, inhibiting scar tissue and significantly reducing the appearance of wrinkles, cellulite, stretch marks and blemishes.

How to get your daily dose of gotu kola

The best place to buy gotu kola is in health food stores. Most people take gotu kola in the form of a supplement, but you can also turn the leaves into tea: steep one teaspoon of dried gotu kola leaves in a mug of freshly boiled water. Add a drizzle of honey for sweetness, and an optional splash of milk.

Making gotu kola part of your diet can give you impeccable and radiant skin. However, in order to really boost your outer glow, tinted facial oil like Liquid Glow Skin Best is needed. It contains antioxidants to protect your skin against free radical damage and naturally enhance your complexion!

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