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Embrace the Ayurveda Experience: 12 Astonishing Benefits of Amla (Indian Gooseberry) for Your Hair

ARTICLE UPDATED ON 10.01.2024

In continuation of the 7 foods recommended for the ‘hair fall to be checked’ already published as an extract from Food & Drinks of NDTV-Food,. Here is yet again a very informative extract giving the details of Amla in reducing hair fall.

It was a very useful and informative read.

12 Benefits Of Amla (Indian Gooseberry) For The Hair

  • Aprajita Vij

Highlights

  • Amla helps in reducing hair fall
  • Amla juice serves as a beneficial tonic for both skin and hair
  • Amla has twice the antioxidant power of acai berries

Are you sick of hair fall or rough hair? This time around, try something natural instead of using those chemical-based products that may or may not suit your hair.  Most of us are not completely satisfied with the way our hair looks. This prompts us to go for various salon treatments or hair spas. But letting the hair grow naturally requires some effort along with a well-balanced diet. It is said that your hair is like a healthy barometer and if you have been noticing fallen strands on your pillow as soon as you wake up or after a shower, there’s nothing you need to worry about. Hair fall is a common occurrence and the hair you lose is often replaced with new strands, but excessive hair loss can lead to hair thinning. Amla, also known as ‘Amrit’ (nectar), is one of the most nourishing herbs for the hair. It offers a plethora of medicinal benefits and is useful in any form—raw, powdered, or as an oil. It acts as a natural conditioner and makes the hair thicker and stronger.

Here are 12 amazing benefits of using amla for your hair:

1. Hair growth: The phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals present in amla help increase scalp circulation and stimulate healthy growth. Vitamin C in amin produces collagen protein. This helps to stimulate hair growth, both length- and volume-wise. Collagens replace the dead cells of hair follicles with new hair cells.

2. Serves as a natural hair conditioner: Amla can nourish, strengthen, and condition your hair, making it shiny and adding volume to your hair. One amla contains up to 81.2 percent moisture content. Those with dry hair, now you know what to do. If you have oily hair, then use amla powder. It will soak up all the excess oil present on your scalp and condition it.

3. Treats Dandruff: Dandruff is usually the result of dryness. This vitamin C-rich juice cures dryness and prevents the accumulation of dandruff. Amla’s Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory, plus its anti-bacterial properties can stop dandruff and the itching caused by it on the scalp.

4. Scalp cleanser: Amla juice is great for cleansing the scalp. It nourishes the scalp and makes the hair shiny. The antioxidants present in amla shields our hair from various hair damages caused by dust, pollution, smoke, hair styling tools, etc.

5. Improves pigmentation: Most of the hair coloring packs contain amla in them, which helps fight pigmentation. It also helps with discoloration, making the hair long and luscious. It is important to keep our hair and scalp clean to avoid pigmentation. Amla and its anti-microbial properties will not just banish hair odor but they will also remove the germs sticking to your hair.

Amla helps in reducing hair fall

6.  Reduces graying of hair: According to Ayurveda, premature graying usually occurs because of excess pitta in the body. Some signs of excess pitta include skin rashes, burning sensations, peptic ulcers, excessive body heat, and heartburn. Amla, a natural coolant, is an excellent remedy for fixing the pitta condition, which reduces graying.

7. Strengthens hair: Amla juice serves as a beneficial tonic for both skin and hair. It strengthens your hair follicles, facilitating hair growth and strengthening of the hair. Plus, it strengthens the roots, maintains color, and improves luster. Eating fresh gooseberries or applying their paste to the roots of your hair improves hair growth and color.

8. Antioxidant: Amla has twice the antioxidant power of acai and around 17 times that of pomegranate. It has the power to eliminate toxins in the body and serves as a great antioxidant. Because of its antioxidant potential, it is often used as a nutritional supplement in chyavanprash and other Ayurvedic medicines.

9. Natural shine: Amla powder can be added to homemade hair masks to add a natural shine to your hair. Apply it regularly to get better results. The surplus of vitamin C in amla can help halt premature greying. If you want to enhance the natural color of your hair, all you have to do is mix amla powder with henna powder.

10. Thickening of hair: With its nutrients and other beneficial properties, drinking amla juice regularly or simply applying it can make your hair thicker and bouncier. Amla has vitamin C, which is assisted by various minerals, nutrients, amino acids, antioxidants, etc. That helps Amla fight against all the weakening factors and thickening hair.

11. Prevents frizzy hair: It prevents dryness and helps in restoring moisture. It also removes the dead cells. The essential fatty acids present in amla strengthen hair follicles and add luster to the hair. With regular use of amla, you may get rid of that unmanageable, frizzy hair. 

12. Enhances hair color: Amla is commonly used with henna in order to enhance the hair color, making it look natural. You can use amla in various forms, like oil, juice, pickles, and even candy, to give your hair its natural color.

                                               Amla can help in strengthening your hair

Whether you eat it, drink it, or simply apply it, amla can do wonders for your hair, and the results can be seen so quickly that you wouldn’t want to let go of it!

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