Amla: Phyllantus enblica, Emblica officinalis
Amla is more commonly known as Indian gooseberry, its synonyms are: Awla, Amalake, Aamla, Aavalaa, Amlaki, and numerous others*. It is a fruit-producing tree of 12-18 feet high that grows in central and northern India. The flowers are greenish-yellow. The fruit is nearly spherical, light greenish yellow, quite smooth and hard on appearance, with 6 vertical stripes or furrows. The fruit is edible. A precious oil is extracted from its seed and pulp and used as a treatment for hair and scalp problems. The aqua extract by grinding the seed and pulp is used in the shampoo. All water soluble vitamins and some oil is extracted from the fruit, in the process.
Amla is wonderful cleansing agent for both the skin and hair. It imparts luster to hair and protects from dandruff, also helps prevent premature graying. It stimulates growth of hair on the scalp, and strengthens the hair roots. Amla extract in the shampoo does not deposit any color on the hair and can be used by everyone alike. Amla extract helps replace the nourishment lost by hair gels, chemical hair color and hair spray.
Additionally, Amla is popularly used in inks, shampoos and hair oils, the high tannin content of Indian gooseberry fruit serves as a mordant for fixing dyes in fabrics. Amla shampoos and hair oil are traditionally believed to nourish the hair and scalp and prevent premature grey hair.
Other Medicinal Uses
In traditional Indian medicine dried and fresh fruits of the plant are used. In fact, this fruit is highly prized for its very high vitamin C content. All parts of the plant are used in various Ayurvedic herbal preparations, including the fruit, seed, leaves, root, bark and flowers. According to Ayurveda, It may be used to promote longevity, and traditionally to enhance digestion, treat constipation, reduce fever, purify the blood, reduce cough, alleviate asthma, strengthen the heart, benefit the eyes, stimulate hair growth, enliven the body and enhance intellect.
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Author: L.J. O'Neal, writer and researcher.
L.J. is also a Lustrous Henna® user.
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