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Amla: Benefits, Uses For Hair and Health Conditions, Capsules and Receipes

Herbs Jan, 2023

Amla, Amalaki or Indian gooseberry is a medicinal plant known for its countless healing properties. Amalaki is a Sanskrit word meaning mother, nurse, immortality and sour.

The healing and medicinal properties of amla are countless, as it is rich in vitamin C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, carotene, vitamin B, protein and fibre. This is not surprising - a 100-gram portion of fresh amla berries contains as much vitamin C as 20 oranges.

Amla also has religious significance during rituals during the Hindu month of Kartik, which usually falls between October and November. In many parts of India, there is a practice of offering the fruit as naivdya to Lord Shiva and eating it to ward off various respiratory infections, colds, flu and other health problems arising from Vata, Kapha and Pitta imbalance.

Amla is an antioxidant powerhouse and ancient medicine supports the use of this fruit to prevent the formation of cancer cells. It can be consumed in a wet form, in the form of juice, churna, candies, pickles or food supplements.

8 Benefits of Amla

1. It helps fight the common cold

Vitamin C in amla is absorbed more easily by the body compared to other supplements. Mix two-two teaspoons of amla powder and honey and have it three to four times a day for instant relief when you have a cold or a cough or consume it once daily for permanent protection.

2. Amla improves eyesight

Studies have shown that vitamin A in amla improves vision. Daily consumption can improve overall eye health as amla can reduce cataract problems, and intraocular tension as well as prevent reddening, itching, and watering of the eyes. It also lowers the risk of age-related macular degeneration and conjunctivitis.

3. It burns fat

Many people don't know about this benefit of amla. This is the least talked about the benefit of amla. A protein present in amla helps prevent cravings. Amla also has a very low carbohydrate and fat content.

A single serving of amla i.e. 150 gm contains 66 calories, 1 gram of protein, less than 1 g of fat and 15 g of carbohydrates. Amla has high fibre content and acids like tannic which help relieve constipation and make you look less bloated.

4. Amla builds immunity

Amla’s antibacterial and astringent properties boost one’s immune system. A significant number of health problems including cancer are caused by oxidative damage –when body cells use oxygen, they leave behind harmful by-products called free radicals. Considering amla is a potent antioxidant agent, it can prevent this oxidation and help in protecting the cell.

5. Amla beautifies hair

Amla is a proven tonic for hair. It has plenty of essential fatty acids which penetrate deep into hair follicles and slow down greying, prevent dandruff, and strengthen hair follicles. Amla has high iron and carotene content, which boosts hair growth. It also acts as a natural conditioner and gives soft shimmering locks.

6. Amla improves skin

Amla is the best anti-ageing fruit. The Vitamin C and antioxidants present in amla reduce fine lines, and wrinkles and offer radiant skin. Drinking amla juice with honey every morning can give you blemish-free, healthy and glowing skin.

7. Amla helps manage chronic conditions

Enriched with chromium amla helps in reducing bad cholesterol and also helps stimulate insulin production, thereby reducing the blood glucose level of diabetics. Drinking amla juice every morning helps keep the blood pressure level under control.

8. Amla relieves pain

Amal is considered a great pain relief medicine due to its anti-inflammatory properties, whether it's joint pain or a painful mouth ulcer.

Amla is used as an analgesic to treat wounds. Studies also showed that its extracts are useful in easing postoperative and neuropathic pain.

How To Make Amla Juice?

Ingredients required:

  • 5 plump Indian gooseberries

  • 2 tbsp honey

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • 300 ml chilled water


  • Chop gooseberries into small pieces and remove seeds.

  • In a mixie, make the pieces into a paste by adding little water.

  • Dilute the paste into water and honey. Stir well.

  • Serve chilled. 

Benefits Of Amla Juice:

Amla juice is referred to as tridoshic as it can clear all three doshas in the body.

How To Make Amla Hair Oil At Home:


  • 10-12 fresh amla

  • 250 ml pure coconut oil


  • Cut amla into small pieces.

  • In a thick bottom vessel, heat coconut oil.

  • Add amla pieces and let is simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Switch off the stove once the oil turns dark in colour. Allow it to cool.

  • Strain it in a glass bottle and use it daily.

Read also: Winter Cherry/Withania Somnifera: Ashwagandha Benefits & Side Effects 

Author: Aaliya Sheikh 

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