Amla, also known as the Indian gooseberry is a small, sour fruit and appears bright green in color. As the name denotes, it is native to India and is harvested in Autumn. These berries have an astringent taste with a fibrous inner texture. It has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine and is typically employed as a Tridoshic tonic herb. In Hinduism, it is considered a sacred tree to Goddess Lakshmi. In Ayurvedic medicine, amla is called a cooling pitta herb. Amla oil is also beneficial for heart health.
Vernacular Names of Amla
|Botanical Name||: Phyllanthus Emblica|
|Sanskrit Name||: Amalaki, Adiphala|
|Tamil Name||: நெல்லிக்காய் / Nellikkay|
|Hindi Name||: अमला / Amala|
|Malayalam Name||: നെല്ലിക്ക / Nellikka|
|Telugu Name||: గూస్బెర్రీ / Gusberri|
|Kannada Name||: ನೆಲ್ಲಿಕಾಯಿ / Nellikayi|
Ayurvedic Properties of Amla
- Rasa (taste): sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, astringent
- Virya (action): cooling
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect): sweet
- Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for all doshas, especially pitta
Health Benefits of Amla Oil
Here are some of the Health Benefits of Amla Oil mentioned below:
- Pure amla oil removes excess pitta from the body.
- It cools and relaxes your body heat
- Indian gooseberry oil nourishes your digestive system
- Oil derived from dried amla Gently cleanses your skin
- This can be used as an exfoliant for the body while showering
- Amalaki oil stimulates the digestive fire without increasing pitta
- It Improves hair growth
Uses of Amla Oil
- These fibrous berries can be eaten raw. In India, it is more commonly used to make pickles.
- You can also soak them in sugar syrup for candy.
- Amla tea can also be prepared by adding ½ tsp of amla oil in 8 fl oz of boiling water. Steep it for an hour, then filter and drink it.
- The high tannin content in Amla is used as an ingredient in hair oils, shampoos, dyes, and inks.
Dosage to Use: Fruit-25-30 grams, Juice: 40-50 ml, Powder: 1/2 tsp (700 mg), Oil: 1/2 tsp
There are no proven side effects. But we recommend you consult a medical advisor before using herbal products, especially if you are pregnant or taking any medications.
Harvesting & Manufacturing Methods
All herbs are 100% naturally harvested, dried, and pulverized without the chemical interactions that assure the natural herb powders.
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