Profiling: Amla (Pyllanthus Embilica)

Amla – Indian Gooseberry is the quintessential ayurvedic herb used both for treatments and body well being.  The berries are greenish yellow a small to medium-sized deciduous tree native to India. they have a sour, bitter, and astringent taste. In Hinduism, the amla tree is considered sacred to the goddess Lakshmi.

amla

Amla’s botanical name is Pyllanthus Embilica although Embilica Officinalis is a common synonym. The vastness amla growing towns and their different cultural nuances contribute to the many names used to refer to Amla. Some of the most common names include:

  • Amla
  • Aamla
  • Adiphal
  • Amalaki
  • Amalika
  • Awala
  • Aonla
  • Amritphal
  • Dhatriphal
  • Nelli
  • Ushirikai
  • Vayashya

Amla Indian gooseberry

The berries are dried in the shade(to preserve vitamin C)and then ground into fine powder for consumption. In hair care, amla is used as a paste, tea or infused into oil. Amla powder is mainly used to strengthen hair root to prevent pre-mature falling (shedding). Amla also preserves eumelanin (the more the eumelanin the darker the hair) and melanin (hair pigments) and therefore prevents premature graying.

MY THOUGHTS:

Smooth creamy cake batter consistency was easy to work with.

Clings to the hair root and strands very well.

Amla powder felt light on my head after a full generous application

Easy rinsing with no product residue

Amla gives curl definition. Not as much as bentonite clay but it’s definitely noticeable

No shampoo or conditioner used — Hair felt soft and airy with a lot of movement

Final Thought:  Amla was wonderful to work with so it’s officially a part of my Ayurveda hair care recipes.

  • Guest

    Thank you! I was looking into using Amla with Brahmi. I’m excited to start. Great website, too

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