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Product details : Penny wort - Bacopa - vallarai

  • Vallarai dried Leaves
  • Vallarai Powder

Botanical Name(s)
Family Name
Popular Name(s)

Parts Used
Bacopa Monniera
B. Monnieri
Herpestis Monnieria, Thyme leaved Gratiola,
Brahmi, Bacopa, Babies Tear
Whole Plant
Grows in marshy places and cultivated throughout India


A small perennial creeping herb, water hyssop has numerous branches that are succulent and rooting at the nodes. The branches are about 10 to 30 cm long. The leaves are oblong, petiole, punctuate, decussate, sessile and fleshy. The small and white flowers are axillary, solitary with peduncles and the tips are purple. The seeds are oblong, truncate and longitudinally ribbed, with transverse striations in between the ribs. Fruits and flowers appear in summers. The annual creeping plant is found throughout India, including the Northeastern Region. It is commonly known as bengsaga and brahmi in Hindi; mandukiparni, manduki, brahmi and saraswati in Sanskrit; thulakudi in Bengali; karivanna in Marathi; khandabrahmi in Gujarati; vallaraikirai in Tamil and mandukabrahami in Telugu.
Plant Chemicals

(+) - brahmine, herpestine, hydrocotyline, saponins, monnierin, hersaponin, bacoside A, bacoside B, bacopasides, D-mannitol, betulic acid, ß-sitosterol, stigmasterol, heptacosane, octacosane, nonacosane, triacontane, hentriacontane, dotriacontane, nicotine, 3-formyl-4-hydroxy-2H-pyran, luteolin and its 7-glucoside, a-alamine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, serine and its esters, pectic acid, fatty acids, tannin, volatile oil, ascorbic acid, thankunic acid, asiatic acid, brahamoside, brahminoside, brahmic acid, isobrahmic acid, betulinic acid, wogonin, oroxindin, sterols.

Uses & Benefits of Vallarai ( Bacopa)

  • Water hyssop is commonly used as a brain tonic to improve mental alertness and enhance learning and academic performance.
  • The herb has antioxidant, cardiotonic and anticancer properties
  • It improves intellect, memory, consciousness, mental acuity, mental clarity and longevity It improves intellect, memory, consciousness, mental acuity, mental clarity and longevity
  • Water hyssop calms the mind and promotes relaxation.
  • The herb is used to remedy skin problems, such as eczema, psoriasis, abscess and ulcerations.
  • It is also believed to stimulate the growth of skin, hair and nails.
  • Water hyssop is very effective in treating bronchitis, asthma, hoarseness, arthritis, rheumatism, backache, leprosy, leucoderma, constipation, hair loss, fever and digestive problems.
  • The herb increases protein synthesis and activity in brain cells and decreases anxiety, restlessness and senility.
  • It is useful in nervous exhaustion and nervous deficit, caused due to injury and stroke.
  • Since water hyssop is bitter in taste, it is used in salads and soups, as a cooked lea vegetable and is pickled as well.
    The herb is largely used in inflammations, tumor, splenomegaly, dysmenorrhoea and general debility.
  • It is used as a blood cleanser and considered good for the heart. The leaves are useful as a diuretic and aperient.


Pregnant and nursing women should consult a health care professional before using water hyssop, even though no effects have been found on the consumption of this herb by them.

Vallarai herb to maintain youthful vigour and strength

Centella asiatica, also known as ‘Vallarai’ in South India, belongs to the family of herbs that help in maintaining youthful vigour and strength, reveals Charaka, the foremost exponent of Ayurveda.

Apart from providing vigour and strength, it improves the receptive capacity of the mind, improves memory, voice, physical stamina, complexion and digestive capacity of the body. The herb is also advisable for diabetics and people suffering from anaemia. The extracts of the plant are also being used in cosmetology as an ingredient in face creams and anti-wrinkle creams.

Vallarai should however, not be confused with Brahmi, as the former is grown naturally on the banks of ponds, streams, rice fields and even at home without much effort. The leaves of the plant, which is slightly bitter in taste, could be dried and powdered, and a quarter teaspoon of the powder could be taken regularly as a general tonic by adults or could be included while cooking food.

Vallarai tonic is also found to improve memory power among children, when given in small proportions by mixing concentrated aqueous extracts with sugar and honey. The tonic does not require any terminal processing, except addition of milk, to a tablespoon of the tonic.

Vallarai, being a well-known traditional herb in India, is mainly used as an alternative tonic and diuretic, and with no side effects being found, it is safe for use. Pregnant women should however, consult a physician prior to use.