Tiger Grass, not just for the Chinese New Year

Tiger grass in skin care
  • Ali

Tiger Grass Extract, also known as Gotu Kola, is a herb used in traditional Chinese culture. One of its many uses is to support skin balance while soothing and comforting irritated skin. Legend has it that this name came from people observing tigers rolling in the herb, which they believed the tigers were doing to soothe irritation on their hide. Smart Kittys! 

Also referred to as the “herb of longevity,” gotu kola is a staple in Ayurvedic medicine. Practitioners claim the medicinal plant has the power to boost brainpower, heal skin issues, and promote liver and kidney health — and some studies seem to agree. 

According to a 2013 review, gotu kola can reduce the appearance of stretch marks and photoaging. It’s thought that the terpenoids found in gotu kola increase collagen production in the body. Collagen is the backbone of youthful skin radiance. Increased collagen may produce significant improvement in firmness, elasticity and skin hydration.

How does this help you if you don’t have irritated skin? Well, most likely with the onset of cold weather as we enter 2022, you will wake up with dry skin. The central heating kicks in and drier winter air sucks the moisture right off our skin so it is a good idea to have a skin cream with Gota Kola in it to help your skin. Think of your skincare like your medicine cabinet, you might not need it all the time, but when you do, you’ll have it! I highly recommend this one listed here

In addition to helping to calm skin irritation when applied topically, when taken as a herbal supplement, Gota Kola may help boost cognitive function, reduce anxiety and stress, improve circulation and ease insomnia, hence the nickname “herb of longevity”. Maybe if I make some Tiger Grass tea I can get through the Tiger King without tears!


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