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.
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. 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.
The extract of amlais rich inVitamin 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.