The amla herb, also known as amalaki or Indian gooseberry, has been a very crucial herb in the Ayurvedic medicine system for more than 3,000 years. The herb contains a high concentration of vitamin C and provides nourishment as well as boosting immunity. Often referred to as one of the oldest natural conditioners, oil made with this herb has been used for centuries by Indian women for hair nourishment and growth. Regular use of amla hair oil has been shown to enrich hair, maximize growth and pigmentation, prevent premature graying of hair, reduce dandruff and enhance hair strength. Other benefits include increased memory and boosted immunity.
This oil usually is combined with other nourishing ingredients to increase its efficiency. Examples of such ingredients include henna, aloe vera and almond oil. Each ingredient has as its main function to promote the overall condition of the scalp and hair. The henna conditions and darkens the hair, and the aloe vera increases the moisture levels, thus helping to reduce premature graying. The almond oil enriches the scalp with protein, and the amla hair oil strengthens the hair follicles.
Amla hair oil usually is massaged into the scalp and left on overnight. A steamed towel applied to the hair after the oil has been massaged into it helps in creating a shiny appearance to the hair. The oil can then be washed away with regular shampoo and conditioner.
Regular application of amla hair oil will provide the hair with a protective coating from dirt, grime and humidity. It also will create a healthy shine to one's hair. Adding a few drops of the oil to the scalp after shampoo and conditioner will also act as a leave-in conditioner. For best results, it is recommended that amla hair oil be used at least twice a week.
There are many other benefits of the amla herb that can greatly enhance a person’s overall health. The powdered form of the herb is an effective remedy for blood impurities, and in juice form, it can help in blood clotting. It has been known to be a blood sugar regulator and can help in lowering cholesterol.
By helping to rid the body of free radicals, the amla herb is a very powerful antioxidant. Daily rinsing of the eyes with the herb can help in enhancing eyesight. In its powdered concentrated form, the herb has helped combat hyperacidity and ulcers.