Amla oil is derived from the amla tree, popularly called Indian gooseberry, which bears the scientific name Phyllanthus emblica. This plant is widely respected and used in Ayurvedic medicines due to its high content of vitamin C, polyphenolic compounds and tannins, which deliver a wide range of health benefits not only for the hair and skin but also for the rest of the body. It is widely considered a cure-all remedy, as it seems to have a positive effect on countless different medical conditions.
- Aid in Hair Care : Most popular use of amla oil is on the hair, as it can moisturize and strengthen your locks, while also preventing infections on the scalp, and adding to the shine of your hair when regularly applied as a hair mask, scalp massage or conditioner/shampoo.
- Eliminate Dandruff : The potentially moisturizing and anti-inflammatory quality of this oil is excellent for the scalp, as it prevents dry skin and soothes any irritation that may be causing skin flaking and dandruff. This is also why amla oil is so important for other areas of skin, as it can lock in moisture, protecting you against topical infections and inflammation.
- Have Antioxidant Capacity : The high levels of vitamin C, flavonoids and other antioxidants in amla oil make it a very powerful ally against oxidative stress and the negative effects of free radicals in the body. Free radicals can stimulate cell mutation and increase the risk of various diseases, so when consumed internally (in small doses), this oil may shield you from many chronic diseases.
- Improve Heart Health : This oil has proven benefits for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The potassium and other anti-inflammatory compounds in amla oil can help relieve tension in the cardiovascular system, while the healthy fatty acids can lower overall cholesterol levels, helping to protect against atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.
- Strengthen Immune System : The possibly antibacterial potential of amla oil makes it ideal for soothing bacterial infections in the gut, cutting through colds, flu, and congestion, and generally acting as a tonic for your entire immune system.
- Aid in Skin Care : Giving your skin a healthy glow and preventing common infections and conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea and even acne are all possible with the use of amla oil. However, for skin conditions, it is important to use pure amla oil or make your own at home, as some mixtures contain mineral oils, which can clog pores and exacerbate certain conditions.