Botanist's Glossary

Indian Pennywort - Centella asiatica

  • Description
    • Indian pennywort (Apiaceae family) is a creeping perennial that comes from tropical areas (Asia, South Africa, Chile, etc.). It has small round leaves and spreads quickly, sometimes invading crop fields. While it prefers to grow in humid areas, it can grow in other conditions.
  • Traditions
    • Indian pennywort has been known in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, particularly for its many external applications: wounds, ulcers, eczema, leprosy, etc. It is very effective on all dermatological conditions, as the plant improves the wound-healing process by stimulating collagen production in the wounded and treated area. It thus regenerates skin tissue.
  • Properties
    • Indian pennywort is the subject of many scientific research programs as it contains many active ingredients. It has softening, regenerating and anti-redness properties. It firms the epidermis and restores the skin’s strength and youthfulness.