Exotic healthy herbs

Gotu Kola

Centella asiatica

(Indian water navel, Asian water navel, tiger grass)

effect

In the forests of India the elephants eat Gotu Kola among other things. The Indians say they get the legendary elephant-memory from Gotu Kola. It is said to have a rejuvenating effect on the brain cells and is also used as a stress reliever. However, it is not a sedative. In traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine it has been appreciated for thousands of years and is used for mental disorders, wound healing and arteriosclerosis. It is also said to be antibiotic, antifungal and cytostatic. The cosmetics industry uses Gotu Kola to tighten and rejuvenate the skin, for example against stretch marks. Gotu Kola is also regarded as a fountain of youth with the “youth vitamin X”, which is said, not to be contained by any other plant. It is even reported of a Chinese, who is said to have turned 256 years old thanks to Gotu Kola.

Ingredients

The special ingredients of the plant are in particular asiaticosides, Asian acid and Madecassic acid as well as other triterpen saponins, free triterpenes, flavonol glycosides and the alkaloid hydrocotylin. Gotu Kola is an essential oil containing caryophylls, cymen, germacrene and pinene.

Use

The leaves can be eaten raw, for example as a salad.

In the Quellarium

The word “water navel” indicates that Gotu Kola is predestined for the Quellarium. In nature it prefers humid to swampy, humus-rich and nutrient-rich habitats. The constant supply of water and nutrients in the Quellarium fits to this description. Gotu Kola creeps and shoots can grow far down from the Quellarium, if there is sufficient light outside the range of the LED lamp.


Murdannia

Murdannia loriformis

effect

Murdannia has been used for thousands of years in traditional Thai medicine against cancer. In particular, tumour cells in the intestine are said to be stopped from growing by Murdannia. According to studies by scientists from the University of Chiang Mai, the plant is helpful in cancer therapy. Murdannia is said to have a strong stimulating effect on the immune system, especially in mutagenic processes. This inhibits the growth of tumours without being cytotoxic. Chemotherapy patients should be much better off with an accompanying therapy with Murdannia. Murdannia is also said to detoxify the liver, reduce blood sugar levels, have an antioxidant effect and alleviate inflammation of wounds.

Ingredients

The key ingredients of the plant are phytosteryglucosides (G1a), phenols, L-phenylalanines, glycosphingolipid (G1b), chalconoids, isovitexin and ceramides.

Use

You can add Murdannia raw to the salad or make a tea. The raw pressed juice can also be given (e.g. crushed in a mortar, possibly stretched with water).

In the Quellarium

Murdannia also copes well with shade and loves warmth. It needs sufficient humidity. Murdannia can easily be replicated via offshoots. You can also rejuvenate or multiply Murdannia by dividing the roots or by cutting.


Sambung Nyawa

Gynura procumbens

effect

In Malaysia, the plant is called “Sambung Nyawa.” which means “prolonging life.” The Chinese immigrants in Malaysia call them “Bai-Bing-Cao”, which means “plant-against-hundred-diseases”. Actually, we could stop here. But we go into a little more detail: Sambung Nyawa is used for blood cleansing and lymphatic cleansing. It is supposed to heal external and internal wounds, detoxify and improve digestion. It is used for diabetes, high and low blood pressure, asthma, allergies, cancer, kidney stones, heart failure, impure skin, acne, anaemia, inflamed wounds, menstrual cramps, back pain due to tension and increased cholesterol levels. It is generally used against inflammations and viruses, for example against herpes simplex.

Ingredients

The main effect is said to be based on steroid glycosides.

Application

The fleshy leaves are used. They can be used raw as a salad addition or cooked as a vegetable or soup. And you can make tea.

In the Quellarium

Sambung Nyawa loves moist soil and semi-shade. It comes from warm countries like Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. In summary, it loves the conditions in the Quellarium. It grows fast. It is important to rejuvenate the plant when the growth slows down. Put 10 cm long cuttings into the water until they take root.


Rang Jued

Thunbergia laurifolia

effect

In Thailand Rang Jued is appreciated for its strong liver protecting healing powers. It is also used there against hangovers (alcohol, drugs, tablets). The flowers and leaves are also said to be anti-allergic, antibacterial, blood fat-lowering, blood cleansing, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, liver detoxifying. They are used for the following complaints: Acne, allergies, arthritis, asthma, redness of the eyes, eczema, elevated blood lipids, elevated cholesterol levels, arthritis, hay fever, liver weakness, neurodermatitis, swelling of the mucous membranes, cuts, psoriasis, numbness (traditional), lacrimation, burns, scalds, poisoning, excessive menstruation.

Ingredients

The effects of Rang Jued are attributed to the contained iridoid alkaloids, antioxidants and polyphenols.

Use

Rang Jued is mostly used as tea, but can also be enjoyed raw as a salad addition.

In the Quellarium

As a plant that likes it warm and needs a reliable fertiliser supply for its vigorous growth, Rang Jued fits perfectly into the Quellarium. Rang Jued actually likes shade to semi-shade. In our test, however, it also grew very well in the winter garden under full sun. So Rang Jued doesn’t seem very choosy when it comes to light conditions. The plant grows in the nature up to 15 m in the height. Harvest vigorously at the Quellarium and profit from the effects! It can develop beautiful, azure-blue shining flowers, which remind of orchids.


Sushni 

Marsilea minuta

(clover fern)

effect

Sushni is traditionally used in Asia because of its positive effect on the psyche. Sushni is said to have an antidepressant, anxiolytic, calming and antispasmodic effect. In insomnia, clinical studies have confirmed efficacy without the risk of addiction. Sushni is also said to significantly lower cholesterol and help against nosebleeds. In Nigeria, Sushni is regarded as a means of increasing fertility.

Ingredients

The decisive factor is the marsiline it contains.

Application

Sushni is essential in Indian cuisine. It is eaten as an addition to salads, spinach or chutney. The taste is nutty.

In the Quellarium

Sushni likes it warm all year round. The clover fern is a swamp plant and wants it moist to wet. Even waterlogging is welcome. These are conditions that the Quellarium offers optimally. The fast growing, creeping shoots can hang very decoratively for meters. Cuttings can be made from offshoots.