Gotu Kola, Herb of Youth?

By Lauren Salapatek | 07/18/2012 10:50:00 AM


click image to zoomThe herb, Gotu Kola. Recently I heard about an herb called Gotu Kola, a small annual herbaceous plant native to subtropical zones such as Sri Lanka, Australia, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Melanesia, New Guinea, India, China, Madagascar, and Africa. According to a Sri Lankan proverb, “two leaves a day, keeps old age away.” It is alleged that with regular consumption, it can contribute to staying youthful.

Li Ching-Yuen or Li Ching-Yun, Chinese herbalist, martial artist and tactical advisor who was claimed to live an alleged lifespan of 256 years was believed to have lived that long due to his regular consumption of Gotu Kola.

The herb increases body’s resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue. It’s also mildly antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerogenic, a cerebral tonic, blood purifier, adrenal strengthener, circulatory stimulant and diuretic.

Now there is a new product line out called GotuKola USA Youth Spring, which includes a shampoo, styling cream, two oil treatments (Natural oil and Silver oil), and hair mask. Containing the signature Gotu Kola plant, the products claim to help aid in hair growth, improve circulation and aid in skin irritations.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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