Gotu Kola is a beautiful heart-shaped herb that has pride of place in Nanna’s garden and is at the heart of one of our favourite salves, our Gotu Kola & Calendula Rich Cream Salve. During winter, it’s one of our best-sellers for keeping dry and sensitive skin luxuriously nourished and protected.
Gotu Kola is an ancient herb, known as the ‘longevity herb’ in many parts of Asia, and has been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. In China, it became a part of traditional Chinese medicine and sages were known to take the herb to help extend their lives! That reputation spread to Europe and it became used in many parts of Europe by traditional healers to promote healing of burns and other skin wounds.
In studies since, Gotu Kola has been seen to help in stimulating the regeneration, repairing and strengthening of skin tissues and has also been noted for its anti-inflammatory effects. It’s also been seen to enhance antioxidant activity in the skin, all of which make for an amazingly potent skin ingredient.
At Four Cow Farm, organic Gotu Kola is infused right in Nanna’s workshop into organic extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil, and left to slowly infuse for weeks before it is pressed and the oil used in our wonderful Gotu Kola & Calendula Rich Cream Salve, made from Nanna’s original recipe.
With the benefits of two powerfully soothing herbs in one, our Gotu Kola & Calendula Rich Cream Salve (its lovely green tinge comes from the Gotu Kola) is excellent at soothing and protecting all types of dry, sensitive and fragile skin such as skin affected by eczema, sunburn, psoriasis or chronic dryness.
Little wonder it’s a winter favourite!