“An amla a day keeps your hair thick, shiny and beautiful.”
Are you sick of hair fall or rough hair? This time around try something natural instead of using those chemical-based products that may or may not suit your hair. Most of us are not completely satisfied with the way our hair looks. This prompts us to go for various salon treatments or hair spas. But letting the hair grow naturally requires some effort along with a well-balanced diet. It is said that your hair is like a health barometer and if you have been noticing fallen strands on your pillow as soon as you wake up and or right after a shower, there’s nothing you need to worry about.
Hair fall is a common occurrence and the hair you lose is often replaced with new strands, but its excessive hair loss can lead to hair thinning. Amla, also known as Amrit (nectar), is one of the most nourishing herbs for the hair. It offers a plethora of medicinal benefits and is useful in any form – raw, powdered or as an oil. It acts as a natural conditioner and maker the hair thicker and stronger.
Scientific Name – Phyllanthus Emblica
Family – Euphorbiaceae
Other Names – Amla (Hindi), Usiri Kaya (Telugu), Nellikkai (Tamil, Kannada), Nelli(Malayalam), Avala (Marathi), and Amala (Bengali)
The Indian gooseberry, popularly referred to as amla, is known for its nutritional benefits. In India, this sour fruit, usually grown in the wet hilly areas in autumn, is used for many purposes — ranging from making pickles, chutneys, jams, and murabba to making a healthy juice out of it.
What makes amla juice so unique?
Amla juice is a healthy drink as it is a storehouse of vitamin C and other nutrients like iron, which provide an array of health and beauty benefits.
Now that you have a fair idea of the fruit, here’s a peek into the many benefits of the juice.
- 1 Hair Benefits of Amla
- 2 How To Prepare Amla Juice
- 3 References:
Hair Benefits of Amla
Amla juice serves as a beneficial tonic for both skin and hair. It strengthens your hair follicles thereby facilitating hair growth and strengthening of the hair. Plus, it strengthens the roots, maintains color and improves luster. Eating fresh gooseberry or applying its paste on the roots of your hair improves hair growth and color. You can apply a mixture of amla and lemon juice on your scalp and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. This will strengthen your hair from the roots and gives it a shine.
Prevents Premature Graying
According to Ayurveda, premature graying usually occurs due to excess pitta in the body. Some of the signs of excess pitta include skin rashes, burning sensations, peptic ulcers, excessive body heat, and heartburn. Amla, a natural coolant, is an excellent remedy for fixing the pitta condition, which reduces graying. Most youngsters today find themselves in a similar situation. Stress and improper food habits are some of the factors that lead to premature graying. Thankfully, amla juice is very beneficial for those suffering from premature graying of hair due to the presence of antioxidants and vitamin C.
Dandruff is usually the result of dryness. This vitamin C rich juice cures the dryness and prevents the accumulation of dandruff. Amla’s Vitamin C, its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties can stop dandruff and also the itching caused by it, on the scalp.
Amla juice is the best to treat hair discoloration and stop graying hair. Most of the hair coloring packs contain amla in them as it helps in fighting pigmentation. It also helps in discoloration making the hair long and luscious. Moreover, it is important to keep our hair and scalp clean to avoid pigmentation. Amla and its anti-microbial properties, will not just banish hair odor but it will also remove the germs sticking on your hair.
Natural Hair Conditioner
Amla juice acts as a great conditioner for dry and rough hair. You can mix some amla juice with henna and apply it on your hair. This will counteract the drying nature of henna, making your hair look healthy. You can also use it as a hair wash to add extra shine and bounce. Amla can nourish, strengthen and condition your hair thereby making it shiny and adding volume to your hair. One amla contains up to 81.2 percent of moisture content in it. Those with dry hair, now you know what to do. Moreover, if you have oily hair, then use amla powder, it will soak in all the excess oil present on your scalp, along with conditioning it.
Cleanser for Scalp
Amla nourishes the scalp and makes the hair shiny. The antioxidants present in amla, shields our hair from various hair damages, caused due it by dust, pollution, smoke, and hair styling tools, etc.
If you are looking for an easy way to cleanse your scalp without making it messy and unmanageable, amla juice is the answer. Add a few drops of amla juice to an egg, beat it and massage your hair with it. Amla juice will mask the smell of eggs and make your shiny and silky. It also cleans and nourishes your scalp
The solution to Hair Problems
Besides strengthening your hair, amla juice also tackles several hair problems like hair loss, split ends and frizzy hair. The phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals present in amla help in increasing the scalp circulation and stimulate healthy growth. Vitamin C of amla produces collagen protein. This helps in stimulating hair growth, both length, and volume-wise. Collagens replace the dead cells of hair follicles with new hair cells
See, how many benefits drinking a glass of this juice can give you!
How To Prepare Amla Juice
Here is a simple process to make amla juice at home.
It’s easy to make fresh amla juice at home. You can extract 70 percent of juice from the fruit. So, to make a quart of juice, you will need around 3 pounds of amla (45-50 fruits).
Cut amla in half and remove the large seeds.
Put the amla pieces into a blender and pulse until you get a smooth texture.
Strain amla juice through a cheesecloth or a fine strainer to extract as much juice as possible.
Enjoy a glass of juice with sugar, rock salt, or honey as per your taste!
Amla juice can be consumed in its pure form. However, it is more palatable when mixed with other fruit juices or diluted with water. While drinking fresh amla juice daily is considered the healthiest option, it may be too bitter to taste. The juice is best when mixed with other sour or tart juices, such as lemon and honey, Jamun (Indian blackberry), bitter gourd, or aloe vera. These can help mask the bitterness of the fruit. You could also use amla fruit or its pulp to prepare jams, spreads, murabba, chutneys, and pickles.
Amla Juice on an Empty Stomach
Drinking amla juice on an empty stomach first thing in the morning ensures the absorption of all nutrients. It can work as an excellent energy boost at the start of the day or as a soothing beverage that will help your body digest and repair more efficiently while you sleep.