Ever wonder how our grandmothers managed to have thick, glossy and intensely dark hair even in their 50s? The secret lies in the powerful Ayurvedic fruit Amla or Indian Gooseberry. Derived from the Amalaki plant, Amla fruit has been used as an essential part of hair care rituals since time immemorial and is considered an elixir for hair.
Owing to its richness in nutrients like Vitamins C and tannins, Amla has been a part of grandma’s beauty treasure trove for centuries! Amla also possesses nourishing properties. One amla contains up to 80 percent moisture making it a great natural skin conditioner. Name any hair problem and you’ll find a way to cure it with the goodness of Amla. Here, we go through some of the most well-known hair problems and how Amla can be used to treat them.
- Amla for treating hair fall
- Amla for treating dandruff
- Amla for treating premature greying
- Amla for strengthening hair and promoting hair growth
One of the best things you can do to prevent hair fall is to massage your hair with amla oil. Considered as a ‘superfood‘ for hair, Amla is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and phytonutrients that increase the circulation of blood significantly throughout the scalp. By providing enough oxygen and nourishment to the hair follicles, it makes the hair fibers strong and puts an end to the issue of hair fall.
To prepare Amla oil for treating hair fall, you can heat natural coconut oil with amla powder till it turns brown before applying it to the scalp after it cools down. You can also use Ayurvedic hair treatment with Brigandi Hair Oil which is rich in Ayurvedic ingredients like Amla and Bringraj.
The vitamin C-rich juice of Amla cures the dryness and prevents the accumulation of dandruff. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties are highly effective in stopping dandruff formation. By clearing the build-up of impurities from the scalp and restoring optimum pH levels of the scalp that boosts essential oil production, amla even helps reducing itchiness resulting from dandruff.
To use Amla for treating hair fall, Ayurveda recommends using Amla hair mask regularly. Make a paste of amla powder in water and grind about 8-10 tulsi leaves into this paste. With the help of your hands, apply this paste on to your scalp and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water and mild natural cleanser. You may use a conditioner that is rich in Amla to fight the build-up of oil and dandruff.
One of the biggest causes of premature greying of hair is the lack of proper nutrition. Including Amla is everyday diet not only helps in supplying the body with the necessary nutrients but also helps in their absorption. Regular use of Amla in the diet as well as in daily hair care routine prevents greying and helps in maintaining natural hair color and luster. Make sure you eat one amla daily for the best results.
To use Amla for premature greying, mix equal amount of amla and almond hair oil. Apply the mixture generously from root to tip. Massage it in a circular motion on the scalp. You can also add amla powder to henna powder whenever you apply it to the hair. This will help in improving its efficacy in coloring the hair.
Amla contains oodles of essential fatty acids that penetrate into the follicles, making the hair softer, shinier and voluminous. It also stimulates hair growth owing to its high iron and carotene content.
To use Amla for strengthening hair, combine amla powder with two other powerful herbal ingredients – Reetha and Shikhakai. Blend their powdered form in water to make a smooth paste and then apply it along the hair strands. Together, Amla, Reetha, and Shikakai compliment each other and help in maintaining healthy and lustrous hair.
In the current times, when almost everyone has hair problems because of poor lifestyle, diet, and environmental pollution, Amla is a wonder Ayurvedic fruit that helps in restoring hair health. Including it in the diet as well in our regular hair care routine is the best way to get those healthy, lustrous hair we all desire. Feeling ready to start including Amla in your hair care routine? Here are a few Kama Ayurveda products with Amla you can get started with.