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HOW TO USE MY FAVORITE AMLA?
Amla, the perfect ingredient to get rid of hair and skin problems. Amla can do wonders for your hair and even your skin. Here are the different ways you can use it.
A FIX FOR DANDRUFF
Amla is well-known as a hair conditioner, but it also has valuable anti-dandruff properties.
• Mix a little amla powder with water and apply this to the scalp.
• Leave it on for about half-an-hour and wash off with water.
YOU COULD ALSO DRY AMLA AND STORE.
• When necessary, grind with a little water and mix with two teaspoons of lime juice.
• Apply to 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 it on for 30 minutes and wash with water. Also try apple cider vinegar to get rid of dandruff and other hair problems.
GIVES A NATURAL SHINE
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 color of a henna-indigo hair color. 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. Also, try out some henna hair packs for healthy hair.
NOURISHES HAIR FROM ROOT TO TIP
A fruit that is best known for its high vitamin C levels, the Indian gooseberry, is great for hair, adding lustres, softness and doing away with dryness of the scalp. It is also a rich source of essential fatty acids that serve to keep the hair follicles strong and nourish the hair from the roots.
• Mix a little amla powder with water and keep it overnight
• The next day, apply this paste to your hair, leave on for a few hours and wash with a mild shampoo.
• Another ways is to boil amla with a little shikakai and soapnut (reetha) in an iron vessel and keep overnight
• Next day, use the strained liquid to shampoo. Make your own amla oil by soaking a few dried fruits in coconut or sesame oil for a few days; then filter and use. Read here to know more on how to manage your hair on a bad hair day.
REDUCES HAIR FALL
A natural ingredient, that can reduce hair fall, is amla. You can eat it or apply it on your scalp. The fruit yields oil that has been used for ages for treating hair and scalp. It is said to penetrate the scalp and strengthen roots. Here are some other ways you can control hair fall with amla.
• Crush amla fruit to extract juice or buy amla powder available at any herbal store.
• Add 2 teaspoons of the juice or powder into an equal quantity lemon juice.
• Mix well, apply to the scalp and leave it to dry; then rinse using warm water. Know which of these 7 everyday habits are causing hair fall. You could also use eggs to curb hair loss.
PREVENTS SKIN AGEING
The extract of amla is rich in Vitamin A. This vitamin is essential in collagen production, a compound that keeps the skin looking young and elastic. Amla, when consumed on an empty stomach, has properties that slow down the degradation of collagen and helps the body produce more. You can buy amla juice from the supermarket which can be stored in the refrigerator and drink it every morning. Here are some more home remedies to keep your skin youthful.
You may also want to know how amla can make you last longer in bed.
Ever wonder why almost all Ayurvedic preparations contain amla? Or why it is suggested that everyone should have one piece of amla on a daily basis? Well, studies have shown that amla or the Indian gooseberry is packed with nutrients and can actually help you live a longer healthier life.
HERE ARE 9 HEALTH BENEFITS OF AMLA.
• Antioxidants act as free radical scavengers thereby protecting healthy cells from the attack of the harmful free radicals. The antioxidant activity is attributed to vitamin C, polyphenols and tannins.
• Amla contains high levels of polyphenols that protect the body from the oxidative properties of high blood sugar and prevents insulin resistance. Apart from this, this fruit also helps in proper absorption of insulin leading to a drop in blood sugar in diabetics.
• Packed with antioxidant properties, amla helps the body fight the harmful effects of chemicals that are carcinogenic. It also inhibits the growth of cancerous cells and reduces the harmful effects of radiation and chemotherapy without reducing their beneficial effects as an anti cancer treatment.
• The fiber, polyphenol and water content of amla combined with its anti inflammatory properties make it a great antidote for an upset stomach. Consume one teaspoon of amla juice on an empty stomach to deal with acidity and resolve a stomach upset. Ayurvedic practitioners suggest, drinking amla juice once a day helps increase the virility and sexual vigor. It also increases the motility of sperm, enhance sperm quality and increase sperm production in men suffering from Oligospermia (a condition where a man has a low sperm count).
• Being packed with vitamin C, amla or the Indian gooseberry contains numerous nutrients that actually help you live a longer and healthier life. Also, the presence of compounds like polyphenols, minerals like Iron and zinc and vitamins like Carotenes and Vitamin B complex in amla prevents various diseases.
• Amla maintains your blood cholesterol levels by inhibiting the oxidation of LDL (Low density lipoprotein). It also prevents arthrosclerosis (accumulation of plaque in the arteries) due to its powerful antioxidant property, thereby protecting you from heart disease.
• Amla acts as an excellent home remedy to protect the liver from oxidative damage caused by chemicals or alcohol. So after a long night of partying, have a piece of amla first thing in the morning, to get rid of that hangover and keep your liver safe.
• Amla is packed with Vitamin A, which is essential in collagen production, a compound that keeps the skin looking young and elastic. When consumed on an empty stomach, it slows down the degradation of collagen and thus, prolongs normal ageing process.
• Amla juice mixed with some ginger provides instant relief from a sore throat and cough. This is mainly due to its anti-inflammatory properties that flush out the viral load from the mouth and provide instant relief.
Amla or the Indian gooseberry is regarded as the best source of vitamin C but did you know that amla is a natural way to help with proper functioning of your liver?
Here’s how it helps:
• Antioxidants present in this wonder fruit help clearing toxins from the body (liver is the site where toxins are found in excess amount) and protecting liver from resulting damage.
• Amla is also used in the treatment of liver cirrhosis, rehabilitation of alcoholics with severe liver damage and people suffering from hepatitis. Studies have also proved that amla inhibits the onset of liver fibrosis (excessive liver inflammation caused due to liver injury or other clinical conditions).
• It also acts as natural remedy to prevent fatty liver disease. Amla is one of the important constituents of Chyawanprash that also exerts liver-protective action along with immune boosting and digestive action.
Tip#1: Consume amla in its raw form by adding small pieces of it in your salad or grate it and add it to some unflavored yogurt to make raita.
Tip#2: Have a piece of amla in the morning to get rid of hangover and protect your liver from damage.