Continuing on our green spree, we will focus on Amla, its benefits, and modes of application in this post. All parts of the Amla plant are used in various Ayurvedic herbal preparations, including the fruits, seeds, leaves, root, bark, and flowers.
Technically it is known as Phyllanthus Emblica. Some common names include Amalaki and Indian Gooseberry. Amla is considered to be one of the most potent rejuvenating herbs and an adaptogen in Ayurveda.
It possesses cooling properties to help soothe Pitta Dosha, excess of which leads to inflammation, sleep deprivation, skin, and gastrointestinal disorders, and stress-related issues such as high blood pressure.
When put in the mouth, Amla tastes very sour but slowly leaves a sweetened taste.
- Rich source of vitamin C (445 mg/100 g), which is around 20 times more than in the orange juice.
- Minerals such as Zinc, Copper, and Chromium
- Amino acids, natural bioflavonoids, alkaloids, enzymes, and tannin (high antioxidants).
Health Benefits of Amla
- Fights high cholesterol, increases blood circulation and supports the cardiovascular system. Heart patients should consume Amla in limited and measured quantities.
- Amla purifies the Rasa Dhatu and Rakta Dhatu and supports the functions of the liver. It also stimulates the liver and helps to eliminate toxins from the body. This in turn results in a lustrous skin, free from bacterial infections.
- Relieves menstrual cramping and keeps the menstrual cycle healthy when consumed regularly for few weeks.
- Amalaki nurtures all seven Dhatus in both men and women, hence supporting the reproductive function (enhances fertility). Specially for women, Amalaki strengthens the reproductive system.
- Improves eyesight, reduces intra-ocular tension. Regular consumption of Amalaki juice with honey helps people suffering from nearsightedness and cataracts.
- Results in healthier hair and fights problems such as premature graying and thinning.
- Strengthens the urinary system and can help address urinary issues such as burning sensation. Amalaki supports natural diuretic action, hence helping to eliminate waste from the body without over-stimulating the urinary system.
- Tonic for strengthening and nourishing the lungs and the respiratory tract (major seat of Kapha Dosha in body) as it pacifies Kapha Dosha. Amalaki also pacifies Shleshaka Kapha, that governs moisture balance in the lungs. This is primarily the reason why its juice and honey is also prescribed to patients suffering from Bronchitis and Asthama.
- Enhances food absorption, helps the body to digest food better and to assimilate minerals such as Iron and Calcium. Another ехсеllеnt digestive іѕ ginger, bυt ginger tends tο heat thе body. Amalaki dοеѕ nοt heat thе body, аnd іѕ gentler οn thе entire system
Amla – Modes of consumption
- Powdered form as Amalaki retains most of its Vitamin C even after processing/heating/drying. A highly effective remedy for hyperacidity, ulcers and blood impurities. It can be used as a decoction and paste both internally and externally.
- Juice form with honey is highly beneficial to fight obesity (by enhancing the metabolism), acts as tonic for eyes, hair, and to fight the diseases.
- In hair oils/shampoos for strong hair
- Pulp mixed with other herbs in Ayurvedic medicine called Chayavanprash