Amla Oil (Indian Gooseberry)
Amla oil is a natural oil used for hair health that contains extracts from the Indian gooseberry (Phyllanthus emblica). It is traditionally made by drying the fruit and immersing it in a base oil for a duration, after which the oil is filtered and purified. Amla oil is said to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss and premature greying. When used as a hair treatment, amla oil is applied to the scalp or face.
Amla, also known as the fruit of immortality, is believed to be nature’s boon to revitalize potency, longevity, increasing immunity and strengthening of bones, and aiding weight loss. Amla, which is packed with a lot of nutrients, polyphenols, iron, vitamins, and minerals. Whether you eat it, drink it or apply it, the fruit can be immensely beneficial in any form. Regular consumption of amla can tighten your skin, lighten the complexion, treat acne, make your hair shiny and dandruff- free, and delay the effects of premature ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots by boosting the regeneration of healthy new cells.
It is said that the vitamin C content in amla is so stable that it is even beneficial when cooked. Modern scientific research has revealed that amla contains 1,700 mg of vitamin C per 100g. Widely grown in India, the berries can be eaten raw or made into pickles and murabba. Amla juice, added to a glass of water, can work wonders.
Amla Oil Properties
In Ayurvedic healing, the Indian gooseberry is said to possess kashaya (astringent) properties beneficial to hair. It is high in vitamin C and natural antioxidants known as flavonoids and polyphenols. When used for hair treatment, amla oil is thought to strengthen and condition follicles down to the roots. Ayurvedic practitioners also believe that amla oil can promote hair growth, reduce dandruff, and prevent the graying of hair. Even beyond the effects of the fruit extract, the application of oil to dry, flaky skin can have a therapeutic effect by acting as an emollient moisturizer. This is not unique to amla oil, however. Even though amla oil has a long history in Indian cultures, there is little scientific evidence to support its use. Of the available research, there is some evidence, albeit slight, of its benefit in treating male pattern baldness.
Androgenic alopecia is characterized by a receding hairline and the gradual disappearance of hair from the crown and frontal scalp. Despite it often being called male pattern hair loss, this condition can affect both men and women. It can also occur with diseases like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
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