Amla is a tree that is native to India, China and tropical areas in Asia. These berries can be dried and powdered to use for various medicinal purpose. Amla consists of many elements that can fight diseases and promote good health.
Amla is very rich in Vitamin C which is a very effective antioxidant. In addition to that Amla also contains tannin and flavonoids. These components are very effective in reducing the number of free radicals in the body and also reduce the oxidative stress in the body. Read our post on “How to Make Hair Oil at Home with Amla?”
How Amla Benefits the Skin?
The vitamin C content in amla is great to boost collagen production to make skin supple and soft. It is very mild and is suitable for any skin type. The antioxidants present in amla help reduce wrinkles and facial lines. Therefore, amla tightens the skin and gives it an even tone. Amla is also a natural exfoliator that can remove dead skin. Amla reduces pigmentation and lightens the skin while adding radiance and brightness.
There are many ways you can apply amla on the skin:
- Making a scrub: Mix amla powder with a teaspoon of tamarind paste. Mix it in well and apply over the face. Scrub the skin in circular motions. After leaving this on for 10 minutes, rinse it off with warm water.
- Amla Facial: Mix amla powder and honey with yoghurt to form a thick paste. Apply this on your skin and leave it on for about 20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. This facial makes your skin clean and smooth. It can be repeated twice a week for best results.
- Amla face pack: This pack can also be used to reduce acne and other skin problems. Boil tea leave in water. After this decoction cools down, stain it and mix it with amla powder to make a paste. Mix in a teaspoon of honey and apply on the face. Once the pack dries fully, wash it off with warm water.
- Amla Skin lightening pack: Mash a few pieces of papaya. Make a paste with the amla powder and add it to the papaya. Also mix in a teaspoon of honey. Leave this pack on for 15 minutes before washing it off. This paste reduces pigmentation and dark circles and makes your skin fairer.
How Amla Benefits the Hair?
Amla has been used by our ancestors as a remedy for hair loss. Amla nourishes hair, making it thicker and stronger. Amla also provides luster to hair that is dull and dry. You can also control conditions like premature graying of the air with the help of amla. Amla moisturizes the scalp to help control dandruff and other issues related to the scalp.
How to apply amla on the hair:
There are many amla hair oils available in the market. You can massage your hair regularly with these oils to get results. You can also use amla powder in several ways to make nourishing hair packs.
- Strengthening Pack: Make a paste with 2 teaspoons of amla powder and warm water. To this paste, add yoghurt and honey. Apply this paste evenly on your scalp and hair strands. Allow it to stay for about 30 minutes before you rinse it off completely.
- Anti Dandruff Pack: This pack not only cures dandruff but also takes care of rashes on the scalp and reduces hair loss. It also acts a coloring agent. Mix amla powder and shikakai powder in a bowl. Make a paste using curd. Apply this from root to tip and let it soak in for about 15 minutes. Then, rinse it off with a mild shampoo.
For all herbal packs, whether it is for the hair or skin, regular use is necessary. You must use one pack that suits your requirement for at least 2 months to get the results that you need.
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