My interest in Ayurveda for health and beauty increased especially after seeing how greatly my hair has benefited from bimonthly henna treatments. I learned that amla, also known as Indian Gooseberry, is one of the most commonly used herbs in ayurvedic health and beauty. Amla fruit is primarily composed of water, and full of proteins, vitamins, minerals and polyphenols, with 20 times more vitamin C than an orange.
Amla powder is one of the ingredients in Karishma henna, the first henna that I ever used. What I love most about amla powder is that it can be used for hair, skin, and as a healing herb. Surprisingly it conditions, softens, and darkens hair, as well as brightens skin.
Amla is a proven antioxidant, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-mutagenic, yeast inhibiting, nematicidal, anabolic, anti-hepatoxic, anti-hyperhidrosis, anti-inflammatory, anti-histaminic, anti-spasmodic, hypolipidemic, and hypotensive relieving properties. According to Ayurvedic doctors, amla has the ability to make our live more then 100 years like a youth. ~”Benefits of Amla–Prevent Aging and Promote Longevity” by Nick Mutt
I use amla powder as a face wash the same way I use rhassoul clay. It truly made an impact on a stubborn eczema patch that was taking forever to heal, now barely noticeable. It can also be used as a facial mask. Simply add water to form a thick paste, apply, and rinse after about 10 minutes. As a hair mask, it revives my curls and makes my hair extremely soft.
Here is a video on Ayurveda and hair care that I found very educating. I appreciate the information the Dr. Partap Chahaun shares about how health affects our hair and his tips on hair care.
You can find dried whole amla fruit from Mountain Rose Herbs. Buy amla powder from your local Indian Sweets and Spice store.
(Image by Mountain Rose Herbs)