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Benefits of Amla and Amla Murabba - The Vitamin C Storehouse

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

What Is Amla

Amla is a type of gooseberry, also known as Indian gooseberry, Phyllanthus emblica or Emblica officinalis.

Amla tree is about 20 ft to 30 ft high. The fruit is round and green to greenish-yellow in colour. The best amla is the Kalami variety, as the fruit has a lot of pulp, is less sour and bitter than the rest and has a very small seed.

Amla is used in jams, pickles, chutneys etc. It is the major ingredient of the famous ayurvedic rejuvenator, Chyavanprash.

Innumerable Amla Benefits

It is said that Amla benefits in removing all disease conditions.

Amla gives energy to the young and youth like energy to the old. It is the richest source of vitamin C and has 20-25 times more vitamin C than an orange.

Amla increases the body's immunity against diseases.

Regular use of Amla benefits in acidity, fevers, colic, vomiting, insomnia, vision problems, excessive thirst, burning sensation of the body. It is a detoxifier, laxative, tonic, diuretic and digestive too.

Amla benefits in problems related to ageing and improves the haemoglobin content of the blood, erase age spots on the skin, reduces blood sugar, clears and gives a glowing skin, reduces hair fall, stops nosebleed, strengthens the liver, is a brain tonic, a heart tonic, increases fertility, improves the functioning of the urinary system, improves muscle tone, acts as an antioxidant, lowers cholesterol, strengthens teeth and nails, treats leucorrhoea. It is beneficial in semen defects, joins broken bones and the list goes on.

Amla has a very high concentration of vitamin C. A human body needs 50 mg of vitamin C daily which can be met by taking 1.6 ounces of amla juice.

For increased heartbeat take Amla murabba which is sweet like preparation of amla. Amla berries are soaked in sugar syrup till the amla loses its sour taste and the sugar penetrates the pulp evenly. This is called Murabba.

Amla murabba gives strength. It is good for pregnant women.

In fact, Amla benefits, as a health promoter and restorer are so numerous that it is compared to Nectar-the Elixir of life- and very rightly so as it is a powerhouse of benefits.

Amla can be consumed in any form - raw, in pickle form, like a sherbet, murabba, chutney or cooked in dishes.

When fresh Amla is not available, amla powder can be used.

You can easily prepare amla murabba at home. Check out my recipe video below.

How To Make Amla Murabba at Home

Uses Of Amla For Health

In Nosebleed

Take dry Amla. Soak them in the water at night and in the morning wash the head with this water.

Eat Amla Murabba. If the bleeding does not stop put 2 drops of Amla juice in the nose and apply a paste of ground Amla on the head.
If fresh Amla is not available soak dry amla in water for some time then grind this and apply on the head.

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In Hot Weather.

Drinking Amla Sherbet (Recipe for Amla Sherbet is given separately in this hub) regularly, lessens thirst and protects from hot weather-related problems.

In Stammering, Stuttering and Speech difficulties.

Chewing Amla regularly benefits in such cases.

In Bedwetting.

Mix 1 gram Amla, 1 gram Caraway seeds and 2 grams Candy sugar. Take this with cold water to get rid of this problem.

In Nightfall.

1. Eating 1 amla as a murabba daily helps.
2. In a glass put 20 gms powdered amla. Add 60 ml of water and keep for 12 hours. Afterwards, strain this water and add 1 gm ground turmeric. This is good for young boys.

For Stones in kidney and ureter.

Eat Amla churan with radish.

In Bleeding Piles.

Powder dry amla. Take 1 tsp morning and evening with buttermilk or cow's milk.

In Leucorrhea.

1. 3 gms Amla churan or ground Amla taken with 6 ml honey once a day helps. Do not take sour things.
2. 20 ml Amla juice mixed with honey taken for a month, helps.

In Leprosy.

Take 1 tsp Amla churan, morning and evening, that is twice a day.

In Burning Micturition.

Take green amla juice 60 ml, honey or sugar 30 gms with a little water. This is one dose. Take one dose in the morning and one dose in the evening. It relieves burning, brings on urine and removes constipation.

In Diabetes.

Take fresh Amla juice mixed with honey.

In Constipation.

Taking 1 tsp amla powder with water or milk at bedtime clears the bowels in the morning.

In Diarrhoea.

Mix equal quantities of ground dry Amla and ground Rock salt. Take 1/2 tsp of this mixture to stop diarrhoea.

To Improve Digestion.

After meals take 1 tsp amla churan.

In Intestinal worms.

30 ml of fresh amla juice taken once a day for 5 days kills worms.

As a Strength giver.

Eat 1 tsp ground Amla with 2 tsp honey. Drink milk after this. When fresh Amla is available, take 1/2 cup of Amla juice with 2 tsp honey to which 1/2 cup of water is added. Drink milk after this. Taking this regularly gives an energy boost and a very healthy feeling.

To Increase Memory.

Eat amla murabba daily.

To Improve eyesight.

Amla improves vision. In 250 ml water soak 6 gms amla powder at night. Strain this water in the morning and wash the eyes with this water. It relieves all diseased conditions of the eyes.
1 tsp of Amla churan can also be taken with water at night.

In Bleeding from cuts.

Apply amla juice on the cuts. It stops bleeding.

In Acidity.

This is relieved by taking 2 tsp Amla juice or ground Amla with 2 tsp candy sugar with water.

In Heart And Brain Weakness.

Halfway into a meal, take 30 ml Amla juice with water and then take the remaining meal. Do this for 21 days. This removes heart and brain weakness and improves health.

In Heart Disease.

1. Taking ground Amla with cow's milk benefits all diseases of the heart.
2. Take equal parts of dry Amla and candy sugar. Grind this. Taking 1 tsp of this with water everyday benefits all diseases of the heart.
3. Take 1 Amla murabba with milk daily to keep the heart in good health.

In Vomiting or Nausea in Pregnancy.

Eating 2 amla murabba berries, 4 times a day stops this.

In Measles.

If there are itching and burning. Boil Amla in water. Strain this water after cooling and have a bath with this for relief from itching and burning.

In Hairfall.

Soak dry Amla in water at night. Wash hair with this water in the morning. It strengthens the hair roots and improves the natural beauty of the hair. It benefits the brain and eyes too.

As a Beauty Aid.

Ground Amla used as a scrub keeps the facial skin clear and soft and prevents facial skin problems.

As a tonic.

2 tsp Amla juice with 2 tsp honey is a strength-giving tonic.

In Tooth pain.

Mix a little camphor in Amla juice and apply on the affected tooth for relief.

In Gout.

In 1 glass of water put 25 gms dry Amla and 50 gms Jaggery. Boil till 1/4 th water remains. Strain and cool and drink twice a day.
While one is taking this, eat chapati or bread without salt and take mung beans ( a variety of lentils) to which rock salt (not common salt) and black pepper have been added. Keep away from cold draughts.

In Hoarseness of voice.

Take Amla powder with water to get the voice back.

Wrinkles and Freckles.

Massage face lightly with any oil in the morning and evening. At night, soak 2 tsp ground Amla in water. Strain the water in the morning and wash face with this. It clears wrinkles and freckles if done regularly.

For Cough.

Lick a mixture of 1 tsp amla and 1 tsp honey.

In High Blood Pressure.

Eating amla murabba daily, in the morning, lowers the blood pressure.

Amla Sharbat

Amla Nutritional Fact Sheet

Food Value Per 100 g of Edible Portion

Moisture 77.1 g
Protein 0.07 g
Fat 0.2 g
Carbohydrates 21.8 g
Fibre 1.9 g
Ash 0.5 g
Calcium 12.5 mg
Phosphorus 26.0 mg
Iron 0.48 mg
Carotene 0.01 mg
Thiamine 0.03 mg
Riboflavin 0.05 mg
Niacin 0.18 mg
Tryptophan 3.0 mg
Methionine 2.1 mg
Lysine 17.0 mg
Ascorbic Acid 625 mg

Source: Finlay Institute Laboratory, Havana.

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The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2011 Rajan Singh Jolly


Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 05, 2019:

Thanks for stopping by, Peggy.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 04, 2019:

I do not think that I have ever eaten a gooseberry or alma. It appears to have many health benefits. Thanks for writing about it and introducing me to it.

sona on June 07, 2015:

hey !

m a 25 yr old girl having slightly low blood pressure..... is amla murabba still beneficial for me... if yes... in what quantity and with what frequency

Himanshu Singh on April 27, 2015:

Valuable information.... thanx

Preeti on April 06, 2015:

Nice hub

CAN a Sugar patient eat amla murabba after washing

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 22, 2015:

deepika you can give about 1/4 tsp daily to your daughter.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 22, 2015:

Thanks zoya.

zoya on March 16, 2015:

Very good website

deepika on November 13, 2014:

Hello rajan ji , hw much quantity of amla murraba daily should i given to my 4 year old doughter who having poor eyesight

Balan on September 15, 2014:

Any one wants to use on for hair, pl note - using shampoo is harmful for hair, contains detergent to foam and remove the dirt, if you use, should wash minimum of 30 times. Hence use shikakai powder in place of shampoo.

Bharathi on September 10, 2014:

Hi my son is 2 year old and last night he thought unfortunately he played with amla powder and it fell into his eyes too ..can u please let me know does it have any side effects . His eyes were red in the night the morning they seems good ..please help

Shaheen on September 10, 2014:

How is it beneficial in pregnant woman. Would you please clarify me this.

Richa on July 28, 2014:


bill on June 16, 2014:

Thank u so much for Sharing this wid us. I'm losing all my front hair. im 30yrs old plzzz suggest how else amla can help how much should I take in which form etc

Harsha Vardhana R from Bangalore on April 13, 2014:

Thank you, Rajan! Your advice is very valuable for my future food intake.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 12, 2014:

Sodium benzoate is added as a preservative in acidic foods with a pH of 4.5 and lower. But I've read of the dangers of sodium benzoate; if it is combined with vitamin c and potassium benzoate, benzene which is a known carcinogen is produced.

So see the list of ingredients and judge for yourself Harsha.

Harsha Vardhana R from Bangalore on April 09, 2014:

Rajan, thanks for the clarity. I would take amla separately.

1 more query. I just got a 1000 ml Amla 'Ras' (Syrup) from an Ayurvedic shop. It says it has 1000 mg of Sodium Benzoate too! I am wondering why a chemical in an Ayurvedic extract?

Could you please give your opinion on this?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 06, 2014:

Taking 1 tsp of amla everyday is useful in general, Harsha!

Harsha Vardhana R from Bangalore on April 05, 2014:

Rajan, since long, I have been taken lemon and honey with 750 ml water immediately after getting up. A great effect.

How suitable is adding amla?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 05, 2014:

sipi, since hypothyroidism is related to the thyroid, yogasana like sarvangasana and ujjai pranayama are suggested along with amla churan mixed with honey in the morning before breakfast.

sipi on April 05, 2014:

nice info. Is amla beneficial in hypothyroidism?

mohd aamir on January 29, 2014:

Dear jolly

I am suffering acidity, contipution and disgestive problem last 2 amla ka muraba relief from such problem.please tell me

Kkam on November 23, 2013:


I wanted to no how amala would help with fertility n which kind to go for? Also to improve overall shin & hair

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 11, 2013:

Thanks for reading vibhuti.

vibhuti on September 10, 2013:

Wow this is some what sulerb. This alk is really true nd now ownwards i want to take all the benefits by start eating amla.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 15, 2012:

Thanks Jiwanjot. I'm glad you liked the information.

Jiwanjot Singh on November 15, 2012:

Thank you very very much for all of the information. Well done you are doing awesome.

Keep going May God bless and help you.


Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 02, 2012:

Marisol, let me thank you first for reading this post. Fenugreek affects the thyroid hormones so consult your doctor before consuming them. Amla is believed to help in hyperthyroidism. However since you have thyroid disease it is better to consult your doctor before using them.

Both fenugreek called Methi Dana in India and Amla will be available in Indian grocery stores in California.


Marisol on September 30, 2012:

Hi Rajan, first off I want to than you for sharing this info on this powerful fruit. I'm 25 years old and am experiencing hair loss due to hypothyroidism. I'm also always tired, have dark under eye circles and poor skin complexion. I've done some research and found that there are all kinds of home remedies for these issues, such as Rosemary, jojoba oil, amla and fenugreek. However, I have decided to stick with Fenugreek and Amla. Do you know if I can take both Fenugreek and Amla both orally as a dietary supplement for overall health and apply them topically to skin, hair, and scalp? If so, in what forms do I take them; powder form, extract, pill form from local vitamin store? Also, I live in California and have no idea where to purchase the Fenugreek and Amla, can I buy them at an Indian grocery store? Thank you

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 15, 2012:

Glad you liked Harsha. Amla is the main ingredient in chyawanprash. Thanks for reading.

Harsha Vardhana R from Bangalore on September 15, 2012:

Thank you, Jolly! The tip about Amla's beneficial effect on voice improvement is very valuable for me.

I would restart Chawanprash too. Amla is the most important ingredient of that energizer

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 27, 2012:

Neetu, thank you for pointing it out. It stands corrected.

I really appreciate your feedback. Can't thank you enough.

Thanks for reading.

NEETU SINGH on April 27, 2012:

in the second video for amla pickle recipe, Fenugreek seeds are referred to as Jeera which is incorrect, fenugreek in indian is Methi seeds and jeera is CUMIN SEEDS. please correct

WD Curry 111 from Space Coast on November 10, 2011:

Thanks rajan I'll do the homework. I appreciate you and your service. You set a good example for us all.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 10, 2011:

@ RealHousewife, WD Curry, The botanical name for Amla is, Phyllanthus or Emblica Officinalis and the English name is,Indian Gooseberry myrobalan.

If this is the name of the gooseberries you have over there, then they would be the ones I'm referring to.

A link to an interesting and informative hub on gooseberries by hubber len7288 is here.Amla, is one of the several types of gooseberries available.

The link is

WD Curry 111 from Space Coast on November 10, 2011:

We have gooseberries in Florida. I have heard of gooseberry tea, but don't know anyone who who actually made any. The plants look the same, and I often see raccoons delicately peeling them and nibbling on the pulp. Are they the same?

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on November 10, 2011:

I was wondering - when I was little we used to go to the woods and pick "gooseberries" and make gooseberry pie...they looks so similar to your fruit. I wonder if they could be related?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 10, 2011:

Realhousewife, thanks for stopping by and reading the hub and for putting in such appreciative comments. My effort feels justified. I hope you do do try to incorporate Amla in your daily intake in one way or other to appreciate its benefits first hand.

I appreciate your comments deeply.

Best wishes.


Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on November 10, 2011:

Wow! This is awesome. I love the professional layout of your article and the information is so well presented! You have made we want to run downtown to find some of this stuff! It will make me more youthful? Beneficial for skin - kills worms - crazy! I think I'd like to just install a fountain of this juice next to the espresso machine!

Excellent hub with wonderful info!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 10, 2011:

Thanks for your uplifting comments. I hope you continue to derive the full benefits of using Amla. Truly, it is a wonder fruit. I really appreciate your comments from the bottom of my heart.

with best regards.

Kawaljit kaur from JALANDHAR, Punjab (India) on November 10, 2011:

Rajan jolly JI,


awesome, wonderful, amazing facts you have given. I will continue using it for its amazing wonders. Thanks a lot for your great contribution.

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