Native to the lush wetlands of South Asia, East Asia, and Australia, Bacopa monnieri has been an essential herb in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It joins a family of common medicines, Rasayanas, known for their youthful and rejuvenating enhancements, which is why they’ve primarily been prescribed to the elderly community(1)
Bacopa’s leaves are succulent, oblong, and about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Its flowers are small and white, with four to five petals. It is also grown commercially as a medicinal and nootropic herb. You might see it by other names like water hyssop, thyme-leaved gratiola, herb of grace, or Indian pennywort.
An aquatic plant, Bacopa monnieri mainly grows in swamps, and can even grow in brackish water. Bacopa can be grown hydroponically, as an aquarium plant, or in bog gardens or ponds. Growers often propagate Bacopa plants through cuttings[*].
- Research suggests that Bacopa monnierimay help keep blood pressure within a healthy range.