This was a green brown in color and it smelled like a cross between ‘used catnip’ and dirty socks. (Some of you have seen me describe the ‘used catnip’ smell once before). The taste was a flat/grassy-wood type taste…almost on the verge of stale. I did finish the cup so the flavor of the herbal tisane was thankfully on the paler side. I don’t think I could have or would have finished the cup had it been more strong. Anyhow…just when I thought it was MAYBE growing on me…the funky aftertaste HIT me like a TON OF BRICKS…it left a dark leafy-green on the verge of bitter aftertaste. Oye.
HistoryCommonly referred to as a creeping weed and used for ground cover, Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) is grown widely throughout the tropical areas of the world. It has been widely used in Ayurvedic and traditional eastern medicine. Gotu Kola was not utilized by modern western herbalists until after World War 2 when renewed interest in the historical uses of Gotu Kola was revived.
Today, contemporary herbalists recommend Gotu Kola for a variety of health benefits. Gotu Kola can be used as a condiment herb, or sprinkled sparingly onto foods, such as salads or vegetables. Gotu Kola is often used together with Ginseng and / or Fo-Ti to make a refreshing tea.