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.
USE OF COSMETIC-GRADE AMLA POWDER ON HAIRS:
Amla can be used as a remedy for hair loss. Amla nourishes hair, making it thicker and stronger. Amla also provides luster to hair that is dull and dry. You can also control conditions like premature graying of the air with the help of amla. Amla moisturizes the scalp to help control dandruff and other issues related to the scalp.
You can also use amla powder in several ways to make nourishing hair packs, as follows:
STRENGTHENING PACK: Make a paste with 2 teaspoons of amla powder and warm water. To this paste, add yoghurt and honey. Apply this paste evenly on your scalp and hair strands. Allow it to stay for about 30 minutes before you rinse it off completely. This pack strengthens the hair root and provides the luster to dry and dull hair.
ANTI DANDRUFF PACK: This pack not only cures dandruff but also takes care of rashes on the scalp and reduces hair loss. It also acts a coloring agent. Mix amla powder and shikakai powder in a bowl. Make a paste using curd. Apply this to the scalp; leave on for about half-an-hour and wash with water. You could also use amla powder mixed with two teaspoons of lime juice and apply to the scalp and wash off with shikakai. Amla can also be used in combination with tulsi or basil for action against dandruff. Make a paste of amla powder in water. Grind 10 tulsi leaves with a little water and mix this paste into the amla paste and apply on the scalp. Leave on for about 30 minutes and then wash with water.
HAIR COLOUR ENHANCER: Amla can be added to your home-made paste to cover grey hair. By itself, amla does not have the ability to dye hair; however, it can help tone down the red or brown colour of a henna-indigo hair colour. Along with this, amla also helps give a natural shine to the hair after you have washed off the dye. When mixing in amla powder, it is important to add it last into the paste, just before you apply the paste to your hair. When used with henna powder, it helps in enhancing the natural hair colour. A mixture of amla and shikakai powder can also be used to color the hair naturally.