I felt that I just had to share with all of you about my favorite plant that is great at building collagen... gotu kola.
Gotu Kola (centella asiatica) is one of the best kept secrets in the beauty industry. This herb is clinically proven to help rebuild collagen and decrease stretch marks. To me, this herb is the holy grail to anti-aging because it's amazing externally and considered a 'brain tonic' internally.
How does gotu kola work it's magic? there are many active compounds including pentacyclic triterpens, asiaticosides, medacassosides, and asiatic acids that promote fibroblast proliferation and increase the synthesis of collagen. This helps to improve the tensile strength of the new formed skin as well as inhibit the formation of scars and keloids.
I have searched everywhere to find great skin products that include gotu kola but there are very few in the U.S market BUT you can make a great topical treatment yourself in just a few steps.
DIY GOTU KOLA INFUSED OIL
Organic Gotu Kola Herb C/S
1. Purchase 3 oz of organic dried gotu kola
2. Purchase a large bottle of your favorite oil (jojoba, coconut, olive).
3. Transfer the oil to a large bottle approximately 3/4 full.
4. Fill the other 1/4th with the dried gotu kola
5. Infuse the herb and oil by a window for about 3 weeks, shaking it every 3-5 days.
6. Strain out the herb and add back to the glass bottle.
7. Apply to skin each night and watch the amazing transformation!