Talking about health benefits, medicinal uses and applications Amla or indian Gooseberry is probably one the most powerful fruit that Mother Nature has gives us. The importance of Amla has been recorded in Ayurveda dating back to thousands of years, which is being practiced by the modern Ayurvedic Practitioners also, for treating several diseases and disorders. There are several home remedies using Amla in different forms and for different conditions, It is very good for memory, hair health, eye sight, cologne health etc.
It is full of Vitamins especially Vitamin-C, it is one of the richest sources of Vitamin-C leaving the commonly known source Orange far behind. Being rich nutritive value especially the antioxidants,Amla is good for hair, skin and digestive health and thus has been used in several forms to treat different conditions. The term Amla in general refers to its fruit which is yellowish green in color, sour and tangy in taste and surprisingly the aftertaste of Amla fruit is sweet.
How is Amla Used to Cure Different Conditions
Amla is used in different forms for curing different ailments the widely used forms are
Infused in Oil
This is Why Amla is Good For You : Humble Amla Health Benefits
Take one teaspoon of dried Amla powder with a glass of warm milk, every night before retiring to bed.
Take 50 ml of mustard oil (oil should be pure) add 10 gms of amla powder made with dried Amla fruit.
Mix it well and apply directly on the skin. This will relieve all sorts of itching and irritation caused to the skin.
Take Amla, Turmeric and Fenugreek in equal quantity mix and consume one teaspoon with a glass of water. If a Diabetes patient consumes this remedy thrice a day regularly, he or she will surely benefit from this home remedy.
To prevent Premature graying of Hair : Mix powdered Amla with a paste made by grinding fresh Holy Basil (Tulsi) leaves , apply this mixture on the root of hair and scalp, now gently massage for sometime. Leave it to dry then rinse off.
Indian Gooseberry For Cough
Amla powder – 100 gms
Mulhathi (Mulethi) powder – 100 gms
Mix both the ingredients and store in airtight jar.
Take one teaspoon early morning empty stomach and 1 teaspoon before going to bed.
You can take water with it if you find it difficult to swallow the powder alone.
To Improve Memory
Amla Murabba is considered as a tonic for Brain, it improves mental health and is also beneficial in increasing memory.
Eat Amle ka Murabba or murabba-E-Amla as it is called in Unani Medicine everyday before breakfast, eating 1-2 piece will be sufficient.
It is suggested to rinse off the sugar syrup to remove the excess calories that comes with the syrup.
Amla Powder For Eyes
The Antioxidants present in Indian Gooseberry makes it a booster of overall eye health.
According to Webmd.com
“Antioxidants protect against eye damage from things like sunlight, cigarette smoke, and air pollution”
Take Amla Powder: 300gms
Dried Ginger Powder ( Sonth / Saunth) : 100 gms
Mix both powders and store.
Take 3 gms of this mixture every morning and evening with water.
This home remedy with Amla is for overall Eye Health.
Amla For Hair
Amla makes hair lustrous, it is very good for treating dry and itchy scalp, prevents premature graying of hair and promotes hair growth, this is why Amla hair oil is one of the bestselling hair care products ever. Amla can be used for hair in several ways, the best being the hair oil.
To make your Amla hair pack mix Amla powder and Hibiscus powder in 2:1 ratio and make a paste while adding water. Apply this Amla Hibiscus hair pack on scalp and hair, leave it to dry then wash off. This hair pack can be used once in a week to get the expected results.
Amla Dab On For Hair
Mix pure Amla extract and freshly squeezed lemon juice in equal quantities. Soak a cotton ball with this mixture and dab it all over the scalp, allow it to seep into the scalp, rinse it off when it completely dries up. This dab on is a perfect nourishing tonic for hair, Amla helps in strengthening the strands and the lemon juice will help in eliminating dandruff from the scalp. This tonic works great on oily and normal hair, if you have dry hair and scalp then replace lemon juice with Aloe Vera gel and it shall work equally fine for your lovely locks.
Beauty is a feeling that gives you joy and confidence, unfortunately in many parts of our planet beauty is measured with the complexion of skin and thus many look for home remedies to get fair skin but for me it is all about the glow and good health of skin that comes from maintaining a healthy lifestyle and not from the chemical tubes and tubs as I call them sarcastically.
If I say that I do not care for skin complexion I will be dishonest to my readers, even I crave for a fairer skin but for me skin glow and fairness go hand in hand, and if I have to chose one I will certainly choose glow and radiance over fairness.
Now having done a lot of blah blah let me come to the topic which is how to get glowing skin naturally with simple lifestyle changes. Trust me you will not require any cosmetic product for attaining that radiance which you long for if you simply make and maintain these simple lifestyle changes in your routine.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Drinking water has many health benefits and adequate water consumption is very important for our inner and outer health, it improves digestion and hydrates our body. From outer health I refer to the skin which itself is composed of 15% water.
A normal adult must drink atleast 2 liters of water daily by doing so you ensure that your body is well hydrated and that the toxin is eliminated from your body.
TAKE NUTRITIOUS DIET
Food has its own significance when we talk about glowing skin, Good nutrition is the base of skin health, the natural nutrition that we get from a well rounded diet will help your skin become smooth and soft from within.
You daily diet must have a balanced combination of Vitamins, Minerals, Protein, Antioxidants that will help to improve the overall health of skin and will keep major skin problems like wrinkles, acne, ageing etc. at bay.
Include Fiber rich food to your daily diet and eat lots of fruits and veggies.
SWEAT IT OUT
Sedentary lifestyle is one of the biggest enemies of skin radiance. Physical activity improves blood circulation, metabolism and keeps you fit and energized.
Moderate sweating helps in opening up skin pores and driving out the build up, it will flush out impurities and toxins from the body. Normal 30 minute walk, cycling, dancing, jogging or any activity that will make you sweat moderately is recommended to maintain a physically active lifestyle and has an added advantage of flawless radiant skin naturally.
THREE STEP SKIN CARE
The skin basic steps that must be followed on daily basis to get flawless glowing skin are Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing.
Cleansing is the building block of the three step skin care regime it helps in removing dirt and excess oil from the skin, and it also prepares the skin for the other steps of your skin care program. Be it bleaching or skin clean-up everything begins with cleansing.
Toning helps in removing the residual dirt or cleanser from the skin, its most important role is retaining the ph level of skin.
Moisturizing: This step will restore the moisture of the skin that was lost in previous steps thus leaving the skin soft, supple and glowing.
REMOVE THE MAKE UP BEFORE GOING TO BED
Make Up is NO SIN, I love to do make up and it plays a vital role in modern days grooming, but at the same time it is loaded with harsh chemicals and has the tendency to attract dirt, thus clogging skin pores and even causing reactions if left un-removed from skin pores.
All the make up from the face, eyes and lips must be removed before going to sleep. This can be done using a basic cleansing milk and a foaming facewash.