Amla: A Wonder Berry For Skin and Hair Care
Amla, or Indian gooseberry, is a green fruit known for its unique taste which is a combination of sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent flavours.
The amla tree is native to Southeast Asia, and it is popular for its therapeutic properties. It is considered the most important medicinal plant in the Indian traditional system of medicine, which is Ayurveda.
According to Hindu mythology, it was the first tree to appear on Earth. It is said that when God Brahma, the creator of the universe, was meditating, the tears that poured from his eyes and fell on the ground germinated in the form of an amla tree.
Various parts of the amla plant are used to prevent many diseases, but the most important part is the amla fruit itself. Let us learn more about the benefits of amla for skin, hair and body, and how to use it effectively.
BENEFITS OF USING AMLA FOR SKIN, HAIR AND BODY
It is rich in antioxidants
Research shows that ascorbic acid, or Vitamin C, is the most abundant antioxidant found in amla juice. After Barbados cherries, amla is the second richest natural source of vitamin C in the world.
Amla is also rich in Vitamin E which supports cellular regeneration and repair. Its phytochemical composition of gallic acid, ellagic acid and catechins is known to protect our body against oxidative stress.
They also protect our skin and scalp against environmental damage.
It is anti-inflammatory
Research indicates that phenolic compounds called tannins present in amla extract protect our bodies against allergens and also calm down existing inflammation. Regular consumption of amla fruit accelerates wound healing and tissue repair. Ayurvedic preparations of amla oil are also known to soothe scalp itchiness and irritation.
It has anti-ageing benefits
As we age, our skin experiences loss of collagen and elasticity which leads to wrinkles, fine lines and sagging. Research suggests that extracts of the amla fruit are successful in promoting collagen synthesis in the body and boosting collagen metabolism in the skin. This property is helpful in achieving plump and youthful skin and preventing early signs of ageing.
The use of amla oil and shampoos containing amla extract is also known to prevent premature greying of hair.
It reduces sun damage
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is one of the biggest contributors to ageing, irreversible cell damage, inflammation and melanoma.
According to research, the juice of the amla fruit has a kerato protective effect in skin keratinocytes exposed to ultraviolet radiation. It means that the phyto antioxidants in amla juice have the ability to scavenge free radical activity in skin cells and reduce UV-induced oxidative damage.
It boosts immunity
Amla has a high content of polyphenols such as tannins and gallic acid that improve cellular immunity. Due to its rich antioxidant composition, amla is extensively used in Ayurvedic medicines such as Chyavanprash and Triphala Churna to prevent respiratory ailments and memory loss, and improve gut function respectively.
It prevents liver diseases
According to research, amla provides hepatoprotective properties to the body. This means that amla has the ability to prevent damage to the liver, reduce its viral load, improve its functioning and restore it to a healthier state.
It stabilises blood sugar
A study done with healthy participants and type 2 diabetic patients in 2011 concluded that regular consumption of powdered amla fruit can stabilise fasting and post-eating blood glucose levels in all categories of people.
It improves eyesight
Research indicates that in addition to providing numerous health benefits, and anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-ageing effects, amla extract also improves mitochondrial health of eye cells, thereby preventing age-related deterioration of vision and improving eye health.
It boosts hair growth
According to a study, amla oil is used to successfully strengthen and promote hair growth in India and Thailand. The dried fruit cleanses and stimulates the scalp, and is actively used in several hair care preparations.
Amla oil is also known to prevent hair loss, and improve hair pigmentation.
It promotes heart health
Research indicates that while amla does not reverse the impact of cardiovascular diseases in our body, it does influence various cardiovascular risk-factors and symptoms, thereby boosting heart health.
DIY AMLA OIL FOR HAIR GROWTH
- In a clean and dry glass bottle, add 10 grams of dried and powdered amla. Fill the bottle with 100 ml of Cold Pressed Sweet Almond Oil. Seal the cap tightly, and allow the bottle to sit in sunlight for a month.
- Shake the bottle once every few days. The sunlight will gently heat the oil and allow the nutrients of amla to transfer into the almond oil.
- After a month, strain the oil into a clean jar or bottle. Use it to massage your scalp weekly.
Note – Ayurveda uses a traditional method of making amla oil. Both these methods are different, but both yield a nourishing hair oil.
Please patch the prepared blend on a small portion of your inner arm before applying it directly to your hair and scalp. In case of any signs of irritation, rinse the affected area immediately with soap and water.
JUICY CHEMISTRY HAIR PRODUCTS WITH AMLA OIL
Hibiscus, Onion and Bhringraj Organic Shampoo Bar
Our natural shampoo bars are handmade with organic plant oils using the cold-process method of saponification. They cleanse the scalp gently, and leave your hair nourished.
Juicy Chemistry Hibiscus, Onion and Bhringraj Organic Shampoo Bar is made with Onion juice and Hibiscus extract to promote hair growth, Amla Oil, Black Tea extract and Curry Leaf Essential Oil for preventing premature greying, and German Chamomile and Cedarwood Essential Oils to soothe scalp irritation.
Hibiscus, Amla and Bhringaraj Hair Oil
It is a nourishing hair oil formulated with Amla, Brahmi, and Hibiscus to soothe your scalp, restore your hair’s natural colour and soften your hair. It also contains Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk and Curry Leaf extract to moisturise your scalp and soothe inflammation.
Camellia, Amla and Apricot Leave-In Conditioner
Our natural leave-in conditioner is a nourishing hair balm formulated with organic plant oils such as Camellia Seed, Jojoba, Argan and Amla Oils to moisturize dry hair, and Cedarwood and Petitgrain Essential Oils to control frizz and promote lustre.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is the Juicy Chemistry Camellia, Amla and Apricot Leave-In Conditioner suitable for all hair types?
Yes, it is suitable for all hair types. You only need a pea-size amount for the lengths of your hair.
How often should we wash our hair with Juicy Chemistry shampoo bars?
While less cleansing may lead to scalp build-up, excess cleansing may cause dehydration. Hence, we recommend cleaning your scalp and hair 2 or 3 times a week, depending on your lifestyle and environment.
How to make the most of our oiling experience?
Let the oil absorb into your hair for a couple of hours before shampoo, or leave it in your hair overnight for maximum benefits. Wrap a warm towel on your head after oiling to create a steam treatment for your hair and scalp.