Botanical Name : Emblica Officinalis
Synonyms : Phyllanthus Emblica
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Common English Name : Indian Gooseberry, Emblic Myrobalan
Indian/Hindi Name : Amla, Amalaki
Habitat : Throughout India, cultivated as well as growing wild.
Plant Parts Used : Fruits, Seeds, Leaves, Bark
Products Offered : Fruits, Seeds, Fruit Powder
Properties : Emblica Officinalis is Cooling, Astringent, Refrigerant, Anabolic, Astringent, Antibacterial, Antidiarrhoeal, Antidysenteric, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Antipyretic, Antioxidant, Antiviral, Antiemetic, Antihepatotoxic, Antianaemic, Antihaemorrhagic, Aphrodasiac, Bechic, Diuretic, Carminative, Laxative and Immunomodulator.
There are two different types of Amla Powder, viz: Food-grade and Cosmetic-grade.
USE OF FOOD-GRADE AMLA POWDER
The Amla (Food-grade) Powder can be used for the following applications:
CURES SORE THROAT AND COLD: Amla helps to cure sore throat and cold. For this, mix 2 teaspoons of amla powder with 2 teaspoons of honey. Have it 3-4 times in a day for effective results.
MAINTAINS CHOLESTEROL LEVELS: Daily consumption of 500 mg of amla powder with a glass of water before going to sleep. It reduces LDL (bad cholesterol), VLDL and triglycerides level by over 40%; and Increase the level of HDL (good cholesterol) significantly.
CURES DIABETES: The amla is well known to cure diabetes naturally. Amla is rich in chromium which regulates the carbohydrate metabolism and makes the body more responsive to insulin, which reduces the blood glucose levels. Mix 2-3 teaspoons of amla powder or juice in a glass of water and consume daily.
PURIFIES BLOOD: Amla powder, when taken with honey purifies the blood.
DISSOLVES KIDNEY STONES: Taking amla powder with radish helps to dissolve kidney stones.
REMEDY FOR HYPERACIDITY & ULCERS: The powder of dried amla fruit is an efficient remedy for hyperacidity, ulcers and other blood impurities.
ENHANCES APPETITE: Take amla powder with butter and honey before every meal to enhance your appetite. This will help to increase the pounds in a healthy way.
USE OF COSMETIC-GRADE AMLA POWDER ON SKIN:
AMLA SCRUB: Mix amla powder with a teaspoon of tamarind paste. Mix it in well and apply over the face. Scrub the skin in circular motions. After leaving this on for 10 minutes, rinse it off with warm water.
AMLA FACIAL: Mix amla powder and honey with yoghurt to form a thick paste. Apply this on your skin and leave it on for about 20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. This facial makes your skin clean and smooth. It can be repeated twice a week for best results.
AMLA FACE PACK: This pack can also be used to reduce acne and other skin problems. Boil tea leave in water. After this decoction cools down, stain it and mix it with amla powder to make a paste. Mix in a teaspoon of honey and apply on the face. Once the pack dries fully, wash it off with warm water.
AMLA SKIN LIGHTENING PACK: Mash a few pieces of papaya. Make a paste with the amla powder and add it to the papaya. Also mix in a teaspoon of honey. Leave this pack on for 15 minutes before washing it off. This paste reduces pigmentation and dark circles and makes your skin fairer.
HEALS PIMPLES & ACNE: Amla powder is very useful for clearing pimples and acne. The amla extract is applied directly to the face to reduce pimples and oiliness
About Indian Gooseberry / Amla / Nellikai :
In traditional Indian medicine, dried and fresh fruits of the plant are used. All parts of the plant are used in various Ayurvedic medicine herbal preparations, including the fruit, seed, leaves, root, bark and flowers. According to Ayurveda, amla fruit is sour (amla) and astringent (kashaya) in taste (rasa), with sweet (madhura), bitter (tikta) and pungent (katu) secondary tastes (anurasas). Its qualities (gunas) are light (laghu) and dry (ruksha), the postdigestive effect (vipaka) is sweet (madhura) and its energy (virya) is cooling (shita).
In Ayurvedic polyherbal formulations, Indian gooseberry is a common constituent, and most notably is the primary ingredient in an ancient herbal rasayana called Chyawanprash.
Indian gooseberry is an excellent source of Vitamin C, hence it helps boost your immunity, metabolism and prevents viral and bacterial ailments, including cold and cough. Its nutritional profile also comes studded with a range of polyphenols that are known to fight against the development of cancer cells