Amla is considered a “Divine Fruit” in Hindu Philosophy. It was used to provide effective treatment to various lifestyle diseases in the ancient Indian medicinal practice of Ayurveda.
Amla, also known as the fruit of immortality, is believed to be nature’s boon to revitalize potency, longevity, increasing immunity and strengthening of bones, and aiding weight loss.
Amla, which is packed with a lot of nutrients, Polyphenols, iron, vitamins, and minerals, is available in vegetable markets mainly in winters.
“Whether you eat it, drink it or apply it, the fruit can be immensely beneficial in any form. Regular consumption of amla can tighten your skin, lighten the complexion, treat acne, make your hair shiny and dandruff- free, and delay the effects of premature ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots by boosting the regeneration of healthy new cells,” said beauty icon Shahnaz Husain.
It is said that the Vitamin C content in amla is so stable that it can even work as heat resistant. Modern scientific research has revealed that amla contains 1,700 mg of vitamin C per 100g.
Amla is widely grown in India. The berries can be eaten raw or made into pickles and murabba. Amla juice, added to a glass of water, can work wonders.
The oil extracted from the berries has been used since the ancient times to control hair loss and restore health to the hair. Oil of amla is an important ingredient in Ayurvedic treatments, as well as hair oils, hair tonics, shampoos, and conditioners.
Massage with oils containing amla extracts is said to be extremely beneficial, as it stimulates the follicles. It also clears away dandruff flakes, unclogs the pores of the scalp and restores health to the scalp.