Botanical name: Cola nitida
Other names: Kola, Guru Nut
Part used: nut
Action (karma): stimulant, euphoric, enhance alertness & physical energy, elevates mood, increases tactile sensitivity & suppresses the appetite.
Dose: 1 to 2 teaspoons of kola nut powder mixed in hot chocolate.
Contraindications: best to avoid if suffering from insomnia or nut allergy.
The effects produce a strong state of euphoria and well being. They also enhance alertness and physical energy, elevates mood, increases tactile sensitivity and suppresses the appetite.
Ref: ‘Ayurvedic Medicine’ by Sebastian Pole; ‘Ayurvedic Pharmacology & Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants’ by Vaidya V.M. Gogte; ‘Yogi of Herbs’ by V. Lad & D. Frawley; ‘Herbs Are Special’ by Isabel Shipard.