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Amla powder comes from the dried fruits of the Indian Gooseberry. These fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C, antioxidants and also contain iron and calcium. Amla has been used for thousands of years in India and is regarded as a very potent and nourishing plant. It is particularly noted for nourishing the hair, skin and scalp, and is used to make hair thicker and stronger, slow down premature greying and help to control dandruff and itchy scalps. The antioxidants and exfoliating properties of amla make it a wonderful face mask which helps to support a healthy, glowing skin. Amla can make blond hair darker so please bear this in mind if you have blond hair.
Amla strengthens hair follicles and encourages hair growth for thicker more lustrous hair. It moisturises and nourishes skin for faster healing of cuts, blemishes and conditions like eczema and dry skin. It firms and tones the skin and reduces hyper-pigmentation, and helps to clear up pimples, acne and oily skin. It also helps to shrink enlarged pores and restores skin firmness by stimulating collagen production.
Directions of use:
Amla hair tonic anti-dandruff pack: Mix equal amounts of amla and shikakai powder in a bowl. Make a paste with plain yoghurt and water if necessary. Apply this mixture from root to tip and after covering with clingwrap, leave it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse it off and wash with a mild shampoo. If you don’t have shikakai you can do this hair pack just using Amla.
Amla hair strengthening pack: Take 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons each of amla, reetha and shikakai powder (use less for short hair). Mix all the ingredients together and make a thick paste. First massage the scalp with the prepared paste, cover your hair with clingwrap, leave it on for 30 minutes and then wash your hair with a mild shampoo. If you don’t have reetha and/or shikakai powder, you can mix 1 egg with 2 tablespoons of amla powder and follow the same procedure.
Amla skin blemish treatment: Take 2 teaspoons amla powder, a pinch of turmeric powder, lemon juice and rose water and mix it into a paste. Apply it to scars, acne and pimples. Leave it on for 10-30 minutes and rinse off.
Amla facial mask: Mix amla powder with your choice of liquid and ingredients to make a spreadable mixture. Apply it to your facial and neck skin, leave it on for 10-30 minutes and gently rinse it off.
Ingredients you could try:
- Raw honey – to moisturize and treat pimples
- Yoghurt – rich in lactic acid and probiotics
- Rose water – toning
- Avocado – moisturizing
- Rooibos tea – rich in antioxidants and anti-ageing compounds
- Coconut oil – moisturising
For all herbal treatments, whether for the skin or the hair, regular use is necessary. In some cases you will need to use the herb/s for at least 2 months for best results.
Please note: for external use only.
Any unused powder can be resealed and stored in a cool, dry place.
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