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ALL ABOUT AMLA

For over thousands of years, Ayurveda has held amla as one of the most skin friendly foods. It's not without reason that this fruit is considered to be a superfood. It is time you use it for yourself and see.

Side effects of using amla

Up till now, we all have been reading a lot about the benefits of eating Amla. However, not many of us are aware of the side effects of amla or Indian Gooseberry. Too much consumption of amla is harmful for the body.

Amla or Indian Gooseberry is usually used in various medicines to cure different ailments. However, consuming it in excess might harm the body in the worst way possible. We all know excess of everything is bad. This goes for amla too.

The side effects of eating Indian Gooseberry or Amla in excess are:

* Damages liver

* Causes constipation

* Affects blood pressure

* Inflammation while urinating

* Increases acidity

Beauty benefits of amla

It helps in slowing down the aging process and is needed for collagen production hence keeping your skin, hair healthy and supports the immune system. The rich antioxidants of amla also help delay the effects of premature aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and give you a young and supple skin.

It alsom brightens your complexion. The antioxidants and vitamin C in Indian gooseberry help to brighten your skin. This fruit also helps to tone and tighten your skin, and make it firm and soft.

Health benefits of amla

The health benefits of amla, can be partially attributed to its high vitamin C content. The Indian gooseberry helps in boosting the immune system, slowing down aging, treating throat infections, reducing blood sugar levels, and improving heart health.

Amla acts as a diuretic agent, thereby enhancing food absorption, balancing stomach acids, fortifying the liver, and nourishing the brain and mental functioning. It also strengthens the lungs, enhances fertility, helps the urinary system, improves skin quality, and promotes healthier hair. This fruit acts as a body coolant, flushes out toxins, increases vitality, aids in vision care, and improves muscle tone.

Amla as a home remedy

You can combat a majority of regular skin and beauty woes with easy DIY amla face packs. For a smooth and radiant skin, you can mix amla powder, honey and yogurt to make a quick face mask. Leave it on till it dries (approximately 15 to 20 minutes) and then rinse it off with cold water.

For oily skin, you can mix two portions of amla powder with some rose water and apply the pack on your face. Leave it till it dries, and wash it off.

Making amla hair oil at home

Remove the seeds from fresh amlas and pound it using a mortar and pestle. Grind the amla in a mixer without adding water. Strain the amla and keep the juice in a bowl. In a pan, boil coconut oil and amla juice. After 10 to15 minutes, the sizzle will stop and the water would have evaporated. A brown colour paste will settle down in the pan. Switch off the flame and allow it to cool. Strain the mixture and store it in a glass container. You can apply this to your hair 20 minutes before you wash your hair, to get shiny, lustrous and bouncy locks.

Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana

 

 Growing amla for beauty purposes

1) Spread amla berries in sunlight to dry until they are shriveled if you don't begin with amla seeds. Peel off the pulp to uncover the berries' hexagonal stones. Locate the small seeds inside the stones, and pry them out, cutting the stones if necessary.

2) Drop the amla seeds into a container of water. Discard all seeds that don't sink in the water. Let the seeds soak in the water for 12 hours.

3) Fill seedling pots with a potting soil containing equal portions of sand, compost, and garden loam. Plant one amla seed in each pot, placing each seed at a depth three times its diameter in the potting soil.

 

Many ways to use amla in your beauty regieme

Eat it raw

Since the fruit is quite bitter, it can get quite hard to ingest all by its own. However, there are people who do that too. Raw amla is the best way to make most of its nutritious and beauty benefits. To have them raw, wash the fruit and cut them in small pieces. You can dip them in honey or sprinkle some salt to make it more palatable.

Juice it

The most palatable way to have amla without losing its benefits according to experts is by juicing it. Amla juice is considered to be an effective home remedy to manage diabetes, cholesterol levels, weight loss and is used to treat cold and cough. The health beverage is quite easy to prepare. You just have to blend the chopped amla with water. Filter and discard the pulp.

Drinking amla juice regularly would help you get a beautiful, exfoliated and young skin. You can also use the juice to fight pigmentation and blemishes. Dab it with a cotton swab onto your face to fight marks, pigmentation and blemishes. Amla juice helps in oxidizing melanin and closes skin pores.

Face mask

You can combat majority of regular skin and beauty woes with amla face packs. For a smooth and radiant skin, you can mix amla powder, honey and yogurt to make a quick face mask. Leave it on till it dries (approximately 15 to 20 minutes) and then rinse it off with cold water.

For oily skin, you can mix two portions of amla powder with some rose water and apply the pack on your face. Leave it till it dries, and wash it off.

 

 


 

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