Botanical Name: Emblica officinalis
- English: Indian gooseberry, Emblic myrobalan, Emblic
- Ayurvedic: Dhaatri,Dhaatriphala, Aamalaki
- Sanskrit: Aamalka, Amrutaphala
- Unani: Amlaj, Amla, Aamala
- Also, known as: Ambala, Kayasthaa, Amritphala, Aonla, Amlakhi, Amoghaa, Vrshya, Vayasyaa, Amlaku, Amlakhu, Amli, Bela nelli, Nellikkaai, Anvala, Nelli, Embali, Ainla, Aula, Usirika, Anala, Avalkaathi, Dhatri, Dhatriphala, Vayastha, Vrushya
Habitat: Throughout India and Tropical Southeast Asia
Harvested: Wild and Cultivated
Parts Used: Fruits (Without Seeds)
For thousands of years, we come across the benefits and knowledge of Ayurveda. It is a science about restorative which started in India and nowadays very popular and recognized throughout the globe as alternative medicine. The base of Ayurveda would be to increase the life span by focusing sources present in nature. And probably one of the most valuable fruits, as mentioned by Ayurveda, is definitely the Indian gooseberry, which we generally call 'AMLA'.
Amla tree is deciduous and small to medium in size and grows up to 8 to 20 meters. Leaves are 8-10mm long and 2-3 mm wide. Leaves are light to pale green in colour. Ripening in autumn, the berries are harvested by hand after climbing to upper branches bearing the fruits. The taste of Indian Amla is sour, bitter and astringent, and it is quite fibrous. In India, it is common to eat Amla steeped in saltwater and red chilli powder to make the sour fruits palatable.
The use of Amla in ayurvedic and folk medicines is found for thousands of years.
Amla is widely used as a Rasayana (rejuvenative) and an important medicinal plant in Ayurveda. Its fruit pulp is used for rejuvenation purposes and anti-ageing properties.
The dried rind of fruits is ground to make powder and used as Amla Churna (Amla Powder).
It has potent immunomodulatory and antioxidant action, so Amla and its preparations are used in ayurvedic preventive medicines. Amalaki reduces free radicals in the body and provides a good amount of nutrients, especially Vitamin C. The fruit pulp of an Amla contains 20 times more Vitamin C content than an orange.
Amla is used in form of Fresh Amla Juice, Preserved Amla Juice, Amla Candy, Amla Churna, and Amla Fruit Pulp etc. Fresh Amla Juice, Fresh Amla Fruit Pulp and Amla Powder are good options to get all its therapeutic and nutritional benefits.
Medicinal parts of Amla are fruits, seeds, flowers, leaves and bark. The fresh fruit pulp is used in different ayurvedic preparations.
How to use:
There are different ways to use a powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add the powdered herb to any superfood herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix the powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you an assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make the herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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