Amla is the Indian gooseberry plant, this plant has been used in Ayurveda, prized for its sour taste. Amla is the word for sour in Sanskrit. The gooseberry is a native plant to India, now it is grown throughout Asia and Middle East.
Phyllanthus emblica officinales fruit can also be used internally in the century’s old multi- herbal formula, Chyawanprash, a popular jam or spread.
The dried fruits are immersed in oil for a certain time period, cold pressed and then filtered before bottled.
The amla oils are used externally for gorgeous looking hair and skin moisturizing.
Benefits of Virgin Amla Oil
Amla oil is rich with Vitamin C and E pus antioxidants.
- The nutrients help cell regeneration and promotes healthy circulation to blood vessels on the scalp.
- It nourishes and strengthens hair follicles at the root, decreases dryness of the hair and your split ends.
- Amla is age rejuvenating, preventing aging gray hairs and giving longer lasting color.
- It controls dandruff, irritation and itchiness, it’s a great anti-inflammatory, leaving your scalp and skin healthy and vibrant.
- Amla oil is very beneficial for controlling hair loss, androgenic alopecia, or receding hairlines at the crown or sides of scalp. This is often referred to as “male pattern hair loss”, or baldness, and actually occurs in both sexes.
This hair loss is also found with patients of Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Amla stimulates hair growth for both of these conditions.
- You can apply amla to dry flaky skin as a great emollient.
There have been a few promising studies, written in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2012, where amla did inhibit the enzyme, 5-alpha reductase, which is also used with the drug, Propecia, to treat male pattern hair loss. More studies are needed to confirm these results with humans.
Uses for Amla Oil
- You can use amla as a hair conditioner after shampooing, gently massage into scalp, wait 15 minutes and wash off in warm water.
- Or use as a deep special treatment by massaging throughout hair and scalp, leave in overnight, cover with a shower cap, and wash out in the morning. Use small amounts of oil to massage in, it will increase softness and thickness of your hair.
- Massage amla in any areas of dry skin, it is suggested to use once or twice a week for amazing results.
Typically, pure, virgin amla oil has a long shelf life, keep it at room temperature for up to three years.
Rarely, some could be allergic to gooseberries causing a contact dermatitis, if you do break out, discontinue use.
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Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and is a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant helping individuals with health programs to improve life and happiness. She is a writer, speaker and owner of several businesses.