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What is Amla? - Health Benefits, Uses for Hair and Skin, and Ways to Eat the Indian Gooseberry

Amla is one of the richest sources of vitamin C.

Amla is one of the richest sources of vitamin C.

What is Amla?

Amla is a deciduous tree that grows up to 20 to 30 feet high. Its botanical name is Phyllanthus emblica or Emblica officinalis. The tree is usually found in India and Nepal and this is why it is often referred to as the Indian or Nepalese gooseberry.

The word "amla" is derived from the Sanskrit word "amlaki". The tree is best known for its round, small and green fruit. The fruit has a sour and bitter taste. Except for the seed, all parts of the amla fruit are edible.

A major ingredient in most ayurvedic products, especially the Chyavanprash and the Triphala churna, amla is a potent fruit known for promoting health and longevity.

Amla has a huge importance in Ayurvedic medicine.

Amla has a huge importance in Ayurvedic medicine.

Importance of Amla in Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, regular consumption of amla balances all three doshas, that is, vata, pitta, and kapha. Its cooling properties balance both vata and pitta, whereas its drying properties have a balancing effect on the kapha dosha. In ancient Ayurveda practice, amla is used for promoting longevity, improving digestion, purifying blood, strengthening the heart, stimulating hair growth, enhancing concentration and memory, and alleviating respiratory problems.

Needless to say that in Ayurveda, amla is considered to be one of most powerful herbs for improving health and well-being. This is why it is a major part of the Triphala Churna, which is a combination of three of the most potent herbs, including amla. It is also the basis of the Ayurvedica Chyavanprash, a medicinal concoction, which is believed to protect the individual from all diseases and disorders.

Quick Facts about Amla

  • Amla is the richest source of Vitamin C.
  • It has beneficial effects on each and every organ of the body.
  • It is well-known ingredient in hair growth products.
  • It can be used as a fresh fruit, as juice, in capsules, in dried form as well as a powder.

Health Benefits of Amla

Amla is rich in vitamin C. A glass of amla juice contains twenty times more vitamin C than a glass of fresh orange juice. So, you can easily see why amla is so revered in Ayurveda. It is the richest source of vitamin C.

The fruit is also rich in proteins and fibers. It contains minerals such as iron, calcium, and phosphorus besides vitamins A and B.

The rich vitamin C content of this fruit makes it one of the strongest immune boosters available to mankind. This means that regular intake of amla will prevent you from all kinds of bacterial, viral and fungal infections.

Its cooling properties make it ideal for treating all kinds of skin disorders. So, if you are looking for a natural cure for your acne, give amla a try. It slows down the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

The fruit promotes longevity and slows down the aging process. Its strong antioxidant properties have a protective effect on your heart, lungs, brain, and skin.

Amla is considered to have a beneficial effect on respiratory disorders as well. It has been found to alleviate asthma symptoms.

Due to its beneficial effects on the secretion of insulin, amla is believed to control blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Its rich chromium content is another reason why it is good for diabetics.

It works as a wonderful natural laxative for those with constipation. Amla strengthens the digestive system and improves its ability to digest food and absorb nutrients. The fruit is good for decreasing acidity. It is also an excellent liver tonic.

Amla is also considered to have a beneficial effect on your cardiovascular system. It strengthens the heart muscles, lowers cholesterol, and controls hypertension.

Regular consumption of amla juice or powder also purifies blood. Its rich vitamin C content promotes the absorption of iron. This is why it is beneficial in cases of anemia.

The rich antioxidant properties of amla make it a wonderful fruit for the brain. It prevents the cells of the brain from free radical damage, improves concentration and memory, and may prevent diseases such a dementia and Alzheimer's.

The health benefits of amla also extend to the reproductive system in both men and women. In women, it regularizes their monthly periods and strengthens the uterus. In men, amla increases the potency and sperm count.

Amla is also believed to improve eyesight and prevents the occurrence of all age-related eye conditions such as macular degeneration. As part of triphala, it is used as an eye-wash to relax and comfort eyes as well as improve vision.

The benefits of amla are endless and the list can actually go on and on. In short, one can say, that if you want to include a healthy herb in your diet, include amla. Its manifold benefits will surely not disappoint you in any way.

Amla beauty benefits for hair and skin


Regular intake of amla can cure acne and pimples and prevent further breakouts. The amla extract can also be applied directly to the face to reduce pimples and oiliness and give a glow to the skin.

However, its major benefits are for the hair. Indian markets are flooded with hair products containing amla extract. You will find amla hair oil, shampoos and hair packs freely available in India.

Regular use of amla strengthens the hair follicles, stimulates hair growth, keeps dandruff away, straightens your hair, prevents split ends and nourishes your hair. It also prevents premature graying of hair and stops hair loss.

The best way to use amla for hair is to make a home-made shampoo. Dried amla is usually used for this purpose. It is boiled along with reetha (soapnuts) and shikakai for about 10 minutes in plain water.

The contents are allowed to steep in this water overnight or for about eight hours. The liquid can then be drained and used for washing hair.

How to use amla to enjoy its many benefits


The best way to use amla is to consume its fresh juice. However, since this can be bitter and sour, most people may not be able to handle it.


A wonderful quality of amla is that heat or drying does not reduce its nutritional properties. This is why pieces of fresh amla can be added to your cooked vegetables.


Amla pickles and chutneys is another wonderful way to include this wonderful fruit in your regular diet. Other popular ways to consume this wonderful fruit is in the form of candies, sweets or murabba. Since these are sweet in taste, many people prefer consuming this fruit in these forms.

Include amla in your regular diet and beauty routine

Now that you know about the many benefits of amla for health, hair and skin, make sure to include it in your daily routine. It's healthy and nutritious content will not only be beneficial for your health but also for the well-being and long life of your children.

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Comments

John from India on July 24, 2017:

Amla is truly a powerhouse of nutrients and anti-oxidants for protecting us against diseases

BetterAlive (author) on May 29, 2016:

Hi Shankar,

If your hair graying prematurely, you will first need to find the cause. If it is heredity, then there isn't much you can do about it. If it is because of the food you are eating, the chemicals you are using on the hair, or any medication you are using you can definitely take some steps.

Make a shampoo at home with reetha, amla, shikakai and use it on your hair instead of store bought shampoos.

Apply oil at least twice a week. Olive oil or coconut oil is best. Leave on for at least 8 hours.

Stop eating fried, fast, and fatty foods. Eat more fruits and vegetables.

Drink at least 3 liters of water daily.

If you have any disease, especially related to the sinus or nose, treat it first.

Take a multivitamin capsule for 3 months.

All the best!

Shankar on May 28, 2016:

My hair loss increasing day by day & it turning in white hair .....,,plz give me advice for prevent its & recovery suggestions

BetterAlive (author) on November 19, 2015:

Hi Payal,

You are absolutely right! We can have amla in so many forms and yet get all its benefits. This is why it is just wonder fruit.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on amla!

payal pancholi on November 18, 2015:

Hi, yes amla is good for skin..and digestion..these days you get loads of varieties..i remember my friend had arranged via jammu homemade sugar coated amla..and it was yummy..you also get spices coated dried amla..good for health and good for the taste buds..

BetterAlive (author) on October 23, 2015:

Hi Rohit,

About 3 tablespoons of pure amla juice, taken early in the morning, preferably empty stomach or immediately after breakfast is enough (if you find taking it empty stomach is causing problems for your digestion).

All the best!

Rohit on October 23, 2015:

if i takes more then 15 pice amla juice(which is pure and fresh) every day..so it is good for me or not in hair fall problem , skin problem and also eye problem??

plz explain me

BetterAlive (author) on September 18, 2015:

Hi Omair,

If hair follicles have been removed, it may not be possible to get the hair back. A consultation with a doctor who can check the condition of this patch on your head, however, could reveal something else.

But amla is good for health. So, you should use it for a health.

All the best!

omair on September 18, 2015:

I had a accident a year ago in which hair follicles has been removed. And till now nonhair are present on that region! Will amla help regain my hair??

BetterAlive (author) on August 12, 2015:

Hi Jeeva,

You are quite young to have white hair. So, you must look at the reason why your hair is white. It could be the water you are using, or your diet? Are you smoking? Did your parent's hair start turning white at this age? Do you have any respiratory or digestive problems?

Lots of things could be the reason.

You can begin taking amla regularly. Best would be to take fresh juice every morning. It will not turn your white hair black, but it may help boost your immunity and stop more hair from turning white.

All the best!

BetterAlive (author) on August 12, 2015:

Hi Prem,

Amla has no side-effects. So, everyone can use it. Fresh fruit, pickles, jams, sweets, any form is fine. The only thing to watch out for is whether the product you are using has any other ingredients added to it.

For example, jams and morabbas will have sugar and preservatives or pickles will have oil and other ingredients.

This is why best is to take it as fresh juice, made right at home.

All the best!

Prem on June 26, 2015:

Hello,

Do we have any dis advantage on consuming Amala or which group should not consume Amala

BetterAlive (author) on June 14, 2015:

Hi Mahesh,

Check out this link for solutions to hair fall:

http://onestopnaturalhomeremedies.blogspot.in/2012...

Amla can really help with hair problems. Try taking its juice every day early in the morning. Use shampoo made of amla, reetha and shikakai (it is given in the above link). Eat properly. Take a good multi-vitamin for 3 months to compensate for lack of nutrition.

All the best!

BetterAlive (author) on April 17, 2015:

Hi Gwen,

If you want to apply amla oil after washing hair, there is no harm in it. Just watch out for dust since oil in hair does tend to increase dust accumulation on scalp. So, wash at least once in 2 days.

All the best!

Gwen on April 17, 2015:

Can you eave the amla oil in hair with washing out

BetterAlive (author) on April 05, 2015:

Hi Harwinder,

Continue taking amla juice. It will help.

Use a multani mitti mask at least twice a week and then apply an oil-free moisturizer on the skin. It will help close open pores and get rid of the scars.

Read about multani mitti about here:

https://discover.hubpages.com/style/Multani-Mitti-...

All the best!

harwinder kaur on April 05, 2015:

on my skin i have pimple scars and open pores aand blemishes............how i can get clear skin............i m 27 year old....i have started amla juice in the morning empty stomach just few days ago........

karan on March 02, 2015:

When I drink amla juice by sqejing fresh fruit I fell lose motion.how I use to avoid it.it.how can I imrove my white beard hair black.im 32 and unmarried.

ziku on March 01, 2015:

I read all d comment.den i came to know the amla is tremendous fruit, so definitely i vil try it....

osm on January 29, 2015:

Thanks a ton !! :) il surely giv it a try :)

BetterAlive (author) on January 29, 2015:

Hi osm,

Amla juice will boost your health and immunity, but for gaining weight you need much more than that. So, if you are doing all the right things, that is, eating the right foods and exercising, you will definitely gain weight.

Amla juice is quite a nutritious drink after a workout and will protect you from frequent colds and cough as well. It will also improve your digestive system, which means better digestion of food and better absorption of nutrients.

All the best!

osm on January 29, 2015:

I am thin and lookin fwd to gain some weight ... will the intake of amla juice help me in the process ... pls help

BetterAlive (author) on January 20, 2015:

Hi Mayur,

17 years is indeed quite young to have grey hair.

It is very difficult to say what the cause could be. I recommend you get in touch with a doctor to find the cause of this greying of hair. My guess is that it is due to hormonal changes or due to some kind of respiratory issues, such as sinus problems (you will be getting frequent colds and flu due to it).

Find out the cause and then take the treatment for this.

Amla will surely help. Take one-two teaspoon pure amla juice, mix it with some water and drink it in the morning.

You can also try Triphala for better results. Read about it here:

https://remedygrove.com/traditional/What-is-Tripha...

All the best!

Mayur on January 19, 2015:

Hi,

I'm 17 year old and many of my hair have started greying and this is not genetics. No one in my family have or had this problem. Please tell me some remedies for this.

Thanks!

BetterAlive (author) on January 17, 2015:

Hi Sonia,

Take amla juice daily in the morning or if you can just eat one amla every day.

You can also apply amla juice on your face, like an astringent or toner. Just make sure it is pure amla juice and does not contain anything else.

Besides this, do try using multani mitti to take care of your skin issues. You can read about it here:

https://discover.hubpages.com/style/Multani-Mitti-...

All the best!

sonia on January 17, 2015:

i am 22 and my skin get dull from a longer time period and now it also started to get marks on it pls tell me how can i retain clear and glowing skin with the help of amla

BetterAlive (author) on January 13, 2015:

Hi Jack,

The ideal amount for amla powder per day is 1 teaspoon.

All the best!

BetterAlive (author) on December 16, 2014:

Suntosh,

Read this article. It may help your friend:

https://hubpages.com/health/Why-am-I-Frustrated-wi...

All the best!

suntosh.k. on December 15, 2014:

Sir one of my friend has an issue regarding a girl.he told me that the betrayed him.and his beheviour after the incidence has completely changed.his attitude towards become flippant.being a true it's my duty to get him out of the incidence .sir i need your guidines.please help in this regard

BetterAlive (author) on December 07, 2014:

Hi Suntosh,

Practicing yoga is a great thing. I hope you are meditating for at least 30 minutes. It really helps.

Cultivate the habit of reading good books and thoughts everyday. It really helps in dealing with life stress and staying positive. That's my secret too!

All the best!

suntosh on December 06, 2014:

Sir i have been practising yoga and consume avla powder.and want to ask you.what are your hobbies.how will you cope with day today problems.it may personal but we want. To know your secret.please will await ur response sir

BetterAlive (author) on December 03, 2014:

Hi Raj,

If at 20 years of age, your hair is falling excessively, the first thing you need to do is watch you diet and your digestion.

If you have constant stomach problems and are constantly stressed, this may be the root cause of your hair fall.

Make sure to eat lots of fresh fruits, enjoy vegetable juices, avoid fried and fatty foods.

Take a multivitamin.

Take one amla or a glass of amla juice every day. Amla juice available in the market mostly require to be diluted. So, you will need to add some water to the juice before drink.

Use amla, shikakai, reetha shampoo made at home. You can find more about hair fall and about making this shampoo here:

http://onestopnaturalhomeremedies.blogspot.in/2012...

All the best!

BetterAlive (author) on December 03, 2014:

Hi Suntosh,

The only way to overcome stress, guilt and procrastination is to stay in the present. Eat well, exercise, stay positive, meditate, sleep for at least 8 hours, think good and do good to others. You will be much happier and much satisfied.

All the best!

raj on December 03, 2014:

Hi... Am just 20 years old and for me hair started falling.. Will it stop falling if i eat amla ?? And in which state should i have it... Direct fruit or as juice ??

suntosh.k. on December 01, 2014:

Sir how should one overcome

,procrastination,stress,guilt....and how can achieve the aim?

BetterAlive (author) on November 30, 2014:

Hi Suntosh,

Amla consumed in any form is equally useful.

All the best!

suntosh on November 29, 2014:

Sir.i want to know whether consuming amla powder is as useful.as consuming fresh amla juice or fresh amla fruits....

BetterAlive (author) on November 29, 2014:

Hi Nithiya,

Amla shouldn't be giving you a cold. If you are taking juice and you think that this is causing problems for you, eat amla in some other form, such as chutney or add the juice or the amla to your daal (lentils) or vegetables.

All the best!

nithiya on November 27, 2014:

hi am concuming amla daily , but am getting cold ? what can i do ?

BetterAlive (author) on November 24, 2014:

Thank you Suntosh!

Indeed amla is a very useful fruit and everyone around the world should be able to enjoy its health benefits.

Thanks for the appreciation!

BetterAlive (author) on November 24, 2014:

Thank you Suntosh!

Indeed amla is a very useful fruit and everyone around the world should be able to enjoy its health benefits.

Thanks for the appreciation!

suntosh.k. on November 23, 2014:

Being a civil service aspirant.i need to take care physically as well mentally..i used to practice yoga and regularly take aavla powder.you are

not only propgating the medicinal value of aavla.but also introducing it every corner of the globe...i wish u all the best.do it incessantly

BetterAlive (author) on November 22, 2014:

Hi Sunil Kardam,

Amla is great for the skin and face. Regular intake of amla or its juice can indeed help improve complexion and give you clean and glowing skin.

All the best!

sunil kardam on November 22, 2014:

Hi '

Amla use to regular man eat that are the skin and face to clen and glow gives are persons to use it

BetterAlive (author) on November 21, 2014:

Hi Awesome,

Amla is great for health and it will build your immunity, so you won't fall sick very often. Two or three pieces of dried amla taken after meals should be enough. You could eat one piece after each meal, especially breakfast.

But if you want to gain weight, you will need to eat protein-rich foods that can help build muscles. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, mayonnaise, chicken or turkey meat, milk, cheese.

Exercise is very important. It will help improve your overall body mass. You could try chyawanprash for fitness and weight gain, combined with nutritious foods. Read about it here:

https://remedygrove.com/traditional/What-is-Chyawa...

All the best!

BetterAlive (author) on November 21, 2014:

Hi Awesome,

Amla is great for health and it will build your immunity, so you won't fall sick very often. Two or three pieces of dried amla taken after meals should be enough. You could eat one piece after each meal, especially breakfast.

But if you want to gain weight, you will need to eat protein-rich foods that can help build muscles. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, mayonnaise, chicken or turkey meat, milk, cheese.

Exercise is very important. It will help improve your overall body mass. You could try chyawanprash for fitness and weight gain, combined with nutritious foods. Read about it here:

https://remedygrove.com/traditional/What-is-Chyawa...

All the best!

Awesome on November 21, 2014:

i have dried amla packet at home. How many pieces per day must be taken (p.s:i want weight gain and overall body mass and fitness)

BetterAlive (author) on November 19, 2014:

Hi AK Datta,

You need to quit smoking and drinking. Imagine if it is doing so much damage to your skin, what it is doing to your inner organs?

Just by quitting these habits, you will notice major difference in your skin and health. Tea is not bad, but if you are drinking too many cups a day, then you need to cut down.

Drink fruit and vegetable juices. Amla juice is very useful early in the morning. Exercise. Meditate.

All the best!

A K DATTA on November 17, 2014:

My skin shrinking and looking very dull.Habit - smoking,drinking,, milk tea no gutkha. Advice how to improving.

BetterAlive (author) on November 14, 2014:

Hi Rajkumar,

If your vision has worsened a lot, I am afraid you will need contact lenses or glasses. But you can use products such as Triphala or Chyawanprash to make sure that it doesn't get worse.

Some people have even reported that washing their eyes with Triphala water daily in the morning has helped get rid of glasses. It is difficult to say how true it is. So, don't count on it.

But generally, taking either of the two mentioned above will help in keeping your eyes healthy and prevent your vision from getting worse.

All the best!

Rajkumar on November 14, 2014:

Hi

I want to improve my eyes vision. I wear contacts lens. What should i do that my eyes become free of lenses.

BetterAlive (author) on November 06, 2014:

Hi Rajat,

Amla will surely help, but maybe Triphala would be better for you. Check this article on triphala for more information:

https://remedygrove.com/traditional/What-is-Tripha...

All the best!

rajat on November 06, 2014:

Hi,

i have gastroesophagus reflux disease which is caused by hyperacidity and iam struggling with this from past 3 years,could Amla help me out coping with it??

can it improve my digestion??

BetterAlive (author) on November 04, 2014:

Thank you Hijama!

Please do share the health benefits of amla with your friends too!

All the best!

Najat from Rottherdam - NL on November 04, 2014:

very informative post, actually i used amla.

well written and great share.

thank you

BetterAlive (author) on October 24, 2014:

Hi Anu,

Multani mitti is fine for sensitive skin. If it causes a little dryness, apply a good moisturizer or add a little bit of milk cream (malai) to your pack.

If you are still worried about it, you could try out a pack made of neem leaves. Check out the link I gave in the previous message.

You could also try out besan and haldi. All these packs are good for rashes and spots on the face.

All the best!

anu on October 24, 2014:

Thanks for this information but I have sensitive skin. Could I apply multani motto on my face ?

BetterAlive (author) on October 24, 2014:

Hi Anu,

Try amla juice early in the morning, either before or after breakfast. If you can handle it empty stomach, it would be great. If not, drink it after breakfast.

Also try out multani mitti to reduce rashes and spots on the face. You can read about it here:

https://discover.hubpages.com/style/Multani-Mitti-...

You could also try out neem packs for your skin. Read about it here:

https://hubpages.com/health/Neem-Leaves-and-Oil-He...

All the best!

anu on October 24, 2014:

Hi, i am 28. my skin is really dull and rough. I have lots of rashes and spots on my face. I had so many treatments but wasn't work. Could you please tell me... how should I eat amla for cure my skin ? Empty stomach or after breakfast ?

BetterAlive (author) on October 24, 2014:

Hi Uday,

Amla chutney, pickles, candies, sweets, and so much more! They are all delicious!

BetterAlive (author) on October 24, 2014:

Hi Sathya,

Amla juice is very effective first thing in the morning! So, if you want to take it empty stomach, it would be great.

All the best!

Uday Patel from Jabalpur, MP, India on October 24, 2014:

Nothing like Amla Chutney! Fruits of Flavor!

sathya on October 23, 2014:

can i take amla juice in empty stomach. whether this is more effective?

anji on October 22, 2014:

Amala is very use ful for hair loss.

BetterAlive (author) on October 16, 2014:

Hi Joyce,

I would probably be available in frozen, powdered or dried form. You can check at a herbal store. Best would be to order it online.

All the best!

Joyce Mohammed on October 15, 2014:

Can I get Amla in Trinidaf?

BetterAlive (author) on October 04, 2014:

Hi Aksa,

Use amla internally, that is, drink amla juice or eat the amla. Use multani mitti for your face problems. Read about it here:

https://discover.hubpages.com/style/Multani-Mitti-...

All the best!

AKSA FALAK on October 03, 2014:

How do fairnesa im my skin and face .how i remove pimples and spots from my face ..can you suggest me how can use amla for my face

BetterAlive (author) on October 02, 2014:

Hi Kumu Kumari,

Drink a glass of amla juice everyday. It will help. Also, try out a few face packs, such as multani mitti or besan. Read more about it here:

https://discover.hubpages.com/style/Multani-Mitti-...

All the best!

BetterAlive (author) on October 02, 2014:

Hi Jitesh,

You should triphala churna since you also have gastric issues. Read more about it here:

https://remedygrove.com/traditional/What-is-Tripha...

Also, make a paste of amla powder and apply on hair. Or use dried amla, reetha and shikakai, boil it in water and use the extract to wash your hair.

All the best!

kumu kumari on October 01, 2014:

How do fairness in my skin and face .my face is very dull and not looking good .please suggest me .........

jitesh kumar on October 01, 2014:

Approx 1o years daindruff problem is always there .and hair is very thick and gap between hair is also there and gastic problem also please help me how can i use amla for my health and hair ....

BetterAlive (author) on September 30, 2014:

Hi Avishi,

Firstly, consuming amla will be excellent for your immunity and health, and thus, for your hair. You can drink a glass of juice or eat one raw amla daily in the morning.

Secondly, use it as part of your hair packs or shampoos. It will help in reducing dandruff and well as reduce hair fall. Try this link for more suggestions:

http://onestopnaturalhomeremedies.blogspot.in/2012...

All the best!

Avishi on September 30, 2014:

My hair is very thick and falling problem ! can you please suggest me how can i use amla for my hair.i am suffering from hair fall and daindruff problem ...

BetterAlive (author) on September 21, 2014:

pandunagisetti,

Amla powder if applied on the hair can cover your white hair. It won't get rid of white hair.

If you consume amla juice or amla, it will help stop premature greying of hair. Again, it won't turn your white hair to black. If you already have white hair, it will help in preventing more hairs from turning grey.

All the best!

pandunagisetti@gmail.com on September 21, 2014:

Hi.is amla powder is useful for reducing white hair.pls tell me

BetterAlive (author) on September 20, 2014:

Hi Sudhakar,

Chemicals can cause hair to fall. Either stop using them or take more care of your hair. This means oiling your hair and scalp every day, using conditioners and shampoos made especially for dyed hair.

Eating amla a day can surely help. You may benefit more from chyawanprash. Check this link:

https://remedygrove.com/traditional/What-is-Chyawa...

Go for natural remedies such as henna, amla, reetha paste. Add a little bit of coffee powder or Katha to give a darkish tint to your hair.

All the best!

sudhakar on September 17, 2014:

Hi there, recently i've noticed that my hair is falling. May be its because I dye my hair with garnier. Well what I wanna know is can eating amla a day can stop hair fall. Secondly is there any way I can dye my hair with natural remedies and black my hair. Because I found dyes which we get in stores to be unuseful and damage our hair. Waiting for your answer. Thank you

BetterAlive (author) on September 17, 2014:

Hi Melissa,

For teeth and gums, the best way would be to chew on fresh amla. If you have pain or infection in teeth or gum, you could apply amla juice.

You can use frozen amla too. Just allow it to thaw at room temperature for about 15-30 minutes and then use it. If you can eat it, great. If not, just make juice and use it.

You can also make pickles of this amla. Amla does not lose its nutrients even if you cook it. So, you can add it to your dishes as well. Or just toss some into your salad.

All the best!

Melissa on September 16, 2014:

If you're going to use Amla for your teeth and gums what's the best way to do it? I bought the frozen ones already but how do you make it or use it?

BetterAlive (author) on September 10, 2014:

Hi Dylan,

Amla has a sour and bitter taste.

All the best!

BetterAlive (author) on September 10, 2014:

Hi Shazia,

You should continue taking the capsules. There is no harm in taking it. You should also watch your diet. Eat a nutritious diet, which includes fruits and vegetables. Consider taking a multi-vitamin supplement for about 3 months. Use a mild shampoo. Try changing shampoos if you think it could be the reason for your hair fall.

All the best!

Dylan on September 09, 2014:

How does Amla taste??

shazia on August 30, 2014:

Asalamu Alikum I have a problem of sewer hair fall I am taking amlaki capsules about a month how long should i take this

BetterAlive (author) on August 26, 2014:

Hi Brinda,

Try triphala for this. It will help. It also contains amla. You can find more info on triphala at the links given in the Read more articles section above.

All the best!

Brinda Sharath on August 25, 2014:

I do hav irregular periods due to hormonal imbalance ..will amla help me to recover....

BetterAlive (author) on August 24, 2014:

Hi Ananya,

If you could use reetha and shikakai, it would be better. However, if you just want to use amla, then you can use the dried powder or dried amla. These are easily available. Just apply them as a paste on your hair, leave for an hour and wash it off with plain water. Use shampoo the next day.

Drink amla juice for improving scalp condition internally.

Use amla oil overnight and wash it off with mild shampoo the next day.

All the best!

ananya on August 24, 2014:

Can u please tell me how can i use amla for my hair without the use of reetha and shikakae.. i m suffering frm drandruff ,rough and dull hair....

BetterAlive (author) on August 20, 2014:

Hi Priya,

You cannot reverse white hair, so the only thing that you can do is to color your hair. You can use natural products such as henna for this.

If your hair is turning prematurely grey, you should probably check for a few things. I will mention a few. Hormonal changes, sinus or nasal issues, improper diet, excessive weight loss or gain, excessive stress, excessive salt in the water you use for washing hair.

If you think any of these could be a problems, try to work on these. Besides this, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Avoid fried and spicy foods. Take a multivitamin. It will help.

All the best!

Priya shah on August 20, 2014:

I am 21. I have white hair in my middle portion.. White hairs are increasing day by day.. I am worried a lot.. Suggest me some remedies to stop graying?? And can we reverse white hair?? and wt to use to hide those white hairs?? Waiting for ur rply...

BetterAlive (author) on August 19, 2014:

Hi Bhawna,

Any chemical treatment will cause some or the other harm to the hair. So, avoid using these as much as possible. If you do, you should take good care of these. Try out this link to get some remedies for hair fall.

http://onestopnaturalhomeremedies.blogspot.in/2012...

All the best!

Bhawna on August 19, 2014:

6 months back i have done smoothing. till am suffering from Lot of hairfall now my hair is 1/4 please suggest me to get my original hair back.

BetterAlive (author) on August 06, 2014:

Hi Rajesh,

Amla juice can help you here. You can take a glass of amla juice everyday for this in the morning.

You may want to try out Triphala powder for the same as it will be more useful in your case. There is a link to an article on Triphala in the above article.

All the best!

Rajesh Panchal on August 06, 2014:

I have high blood pressure and hyper acidity, my question is, whether amla juice will help me to cure above disease and how much and when to take

BetterAlive (author) on August 02, 2014:

Hi Manzil,

If you are talking about eating amla, then 1-2 amla would be enough. If you want to apply it to your hair, then take about 4-5 pieces of dried amla, boil, strain and use or 3-4 teaspoons of the powder, make a paste and apply it on your hair.

All the best!

manzil on August 02, 2014:

In how much quantity should I take smals for my hair?

BetterAlive (author) on June 06, 2014:

Hi India,

Best way to consume amla is to eat it fresh. The 2nd alternative way is to have it in juice form (most ayurveda practitioners often recommend this as the best way). Powder is also excellent. You could even try using Triphala.

You can add amla powder or juice to your vegetables and curries, just a couple of minutes before taking them off the fire.

All the best!

India on June 06, 2014:

Thanks so much. I was looking to have better skin like a really nice complexion.

Btw, how do you consume amla? In cooking, can we use powdered amla and is it added at the end or in tadka? Please can you tell me what does ayurveda recommend, in what form to take amla. Thanks in advance.

BetterAlive (author) on June 04, 2014:

Hi India,

The first thing that you need to ask yourself is what is that you expect to notice. I mean do you have any particular health issues that you want to heal or are you just looking for general health improvement.

If you are looking for general health improvement, the key factor to notice a general decline in falling sick, that is, generally you have lower number of colds and your digestion tends to be better, energy levels will be better, focus will be better, etc.

If you can try making murabbas at home, you can replace sugar with honey. The sweetness will not negate the health benefits of amla. But yes, if you are calorie conscious, you may want to avoid excess sugar.

You can use the traditional mortar and pestle for grinding. For this, you may want to boil fresh amla, remove the seeds, and grind it. You can add ginger or honey to this and store it in a bottle.

Of course, since nothing much has been done to preserve it, it will not last for months, just a few days. You can keep it in the refrigerator to extend its life. Depending on the climate of the place you stay, it could last up to 2 weeks.

And yes, the Vitamin C content does remain intact in every form!

All the best!

India on June 04, 2014:

Hi. I have been using amla powder mixed with ginger powder for few months now. But haven't really noticed anything but I am 17 so maybe that's why. I am really interested in the rasayana shastra and wanted to know how to preserve amla. I buy it in the powdered form and I hear that the Vitamin C content remains intact.

But isn't it like really hard when it's dry. How did the traditional Indian people who did not have electric mills and grinders, make the powder. And is there any other way to store and consume it fresh other than murabbas. Wouldn't the excess sweetness of the murabba negate any health benefits.