The Benefits of Centella and How to Use It

July 8, 2017
Centella is most well-known for reducing cellulitis, but there are many other benefits of centella and we'll explain them here.

Centella is a small plant used in ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. However, it is becoming more and more popular in the West too. Find out all about the benefits of centella in this article.

What is centella?

Some centella plants.

It’s usually sold in the form of tablets in health food stores. However, in some shops they also sell it as a plant to make infusions or even as a salad ingredient.

The stalks are thin, its leaves are long and its roots are beige-colored. Its flowers and small and pink.

Centella is grown over a period of three months and is harvested by hand. Its scientific name is Hydrocotile Asiatica and it originates from India. This curative plant has thousands of medicinal properties. In the East, it is known as Gotu Kola. It has been used for around 3,000 years to cure different external and internal problems. 

To use it, you can add it to salads or smoothies. In addition, you can also prepare the leaves as a tea.

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The properties of centella

A glass of centella infusion.

The periodical consumption of centella offers the body many benefits.

This is because of its multiple properties. Overall, its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and healing properties particularly stand out.

You can also use it externally to treat hemorrhoids, sprains, dermatitis and cellulitis, for example. Some have even used it to cure leprosy.

However, the best benefits come from its internal application. In this case, centella is excellent for people with:

  • Ulcers
  • Anemia
  • Bronchitis
  • Hypertension
  • Dysentery

We can also obtain products with centella from health food shops. Thanks to its ability to form collagen fibers and elastin, we can use it for:

  • Curing burns and healing wounds
  • Reducing wrinkles and stretch marks
  • Treating ulcers

Plus, it’s also great for maintaining healthy and strong hair and nails (and even for eliminating dandruff!).

Someone with cracking nails.

The benefits of centella

Given that it is a spectacular tonic for the blood vessels, centella is also good for treating any symptom related to circulation. These include phlebitis, tired legs syndrome, varicose veins, and pins and needles.

It strengthens the blood vessels and gives the arterial walls elasticity. That’s why it also helps those who suffer from high blood pressure or cholesterol.

In addition, this plant is also good for cleansing excess toxic or harmful substances that accumulate in the body. For this reason, many consider it a powerful diuretic for people with excess weight problems, water retention or urinary and renal diseases.

Plus, it’s also useful for excreting toxins and fatty cysts that form in the breasts.

It can also help to treat different mental problems. Ingesting this plant is synonymous with peace of mind. For this reason it is recommended for people suffering from episodes of serious anxiety or nervousness.

Additionally, it improves brain capacity by favoring concentration and improving memory.

Centella is recommended for women who suffer from pre-menstrual syndrome as well as for those who always feel tired or fatigued as a result of their daily activities.

Other benefits of centella

A cup of centella infusion.

Of course, this powerful plant has dozens of other properties, and at least some of these deserve a mention. This plant also:

  • Helps to delay the aging of the skin by helping to produce collagen
  • Treats spots and abscesses
  • Fights mouth infections (like aphtha)
  • Eliminates eye infections and fights dryness (you can use it as eye drops)
  • Accelerates the scarring process after operations

We recommend you read: The 7 Best Natural Remedies for Reducing Scars

Centella and cellulitis

Over and above all, centella is most well-known for its ability to reduce cellulitis.

Cellulitis consists of the formation of nodules of fat, liquid and toxins under the skin, and centella helps to eliminate these residues thanks to its diuretic properties.

There are many substances responsible for making it an effective plant against cellulitis. They include fatty acids, tannins, phytosterols and mucilages.

This plant stimulates the lymphatic system and enables it to excrete waste through the urine, sweat and feces.

It also activates the circulation and increases irrigation and oxygenation of the skin.

To enjoy its effects, you can take it orally or through an external massage treatment. The treatment is based on ingesting tablets or drops daily and massages with creams or gels containing centella at least twice a week.

However, this technique is not advisable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

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