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Common Name : Waterhyssop     -       Scientific Name : Bacopa monnieri (Plantaginaceae)       -       Other Name : Thyme-leafed Gratiola (S), Lunu-wila (S)
Mahapatessa
11/09/2013
Mahapatessa
11/09/2013

This is a highly valued medicinal herb in Ayurveda and is commonly referred to as “Brahmi” after Brahma, the creator God of the Hindu’s. It is native to Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. It usually grows in wetland habitats close to the coast.

The conservation status of this species is regarded as “Least Concerned”. (National List 2012).

In Ayurveda this plant is used as a neurological tonic and a cognitive enhancer. It is also used in treating epilepsy, asthma, ulcers, tumors, enlarged spleen, indigestion and leprosy.

This is also known for its capabilities in combating stress and supporting the development of brain tissue. Research has also revealed that it promotes liver health and can regularise blood pressure.

I have observed these flowers in the lowland dry zone parts of the country close to the sea. It is also common close to lagoons and brackish water bodies close o the coast.

In Wilpattu “Lunu Wila” will bloom after the rains in September and the flowers can be observed until about March. These tiny flowers can be seen at most open places with sandy ground including Mahapatessa, Kudapatessa, Kuruttupandi Villu, Panikkar Villu, Kali Villu and Tala Wila.