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How to Use Amla, the Ayurvedic Indian Gooseberry

Last Updated on 6 December 2020 by Stephanie Langlet

Welcome to the complete guide to amla!

You will make the most of this guide on amla if you want to know the best tips on how to use this well known fruit in Ayurveda, what form of amla to use and why, where are the studies on the subject.

This guide is designed to describe what amalaki is, what makes it a natural product to use for your health and beauty, the different uses for hair, skin or health, which form to choose, scientific studies.

Check back regularly for new information and updates.

For each chapter, you will find all the articles related to it.

Combine this information with your own experience to find the use that suits you best.

Click here to download the FREE amla PDF to find out which product to use for which benefit!

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What is amla?

Amlaki is a 100% natural ayurvedic product.
It is a yellow gooseberry from India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet and Nepal.
It is also the name of the tree that grows this fruit.
It is considered sacred in Asia.
The gooseberry’s core is used to make oil.
But one can also extract an edible juice from the fruit, eat it dried, make a powder.
To find out more about this Asian gooseberry, read this.

Amla fruit or Indian gooseberry cut into two pieces

What are the other names of amla?

It is known under various names: amalakiPhyllantus Emblica, Emblica Officinalis, melaka tree, mirobolan tree, amla berry, Indian gooseberry.

You can also find the name in Sanskrit: āmalaka, Aonla, aola, dharty, aamvala, aawallaa, nellikai, nillika, usareekai.

Amla cultivation.

As amlaki is a tropical fruit tree, it can only tolerate short gels at -1 °C. In a hot Mediterranean climate, it is cultivated like citrus fruits that are not very hardy. It has a slow growth and lives between 20 and 35 years for 8 to 10 meters high. It is reproduced by cutting in a warm environment (>30 °C).

An adult tree produces 15 to 20 kg of fruit. They are harvested between mid-December and mid-January in the northern hemisphere, October to April in India.

What is the nutritional composition of amla berry?

The Indian gooseberry is the food that contains the most antioxidants in the world!
This redcurrant is also extremely rich in vitamins C, E and A.
It also contains polyphenols, amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, carotene, alkaloids, gallotannins and pectin.

What are the benefits of amla for hair?

Discover the benefits of amalaki for your hair in this comprehensive article, the most popular one on my blog, and the video article.

Amla oil hair growth results

Stronger, thicker, longer and darker

Stephanie Langlet after 5 years of amla oil for hair use

How to grow hair with amla oil

The must for hair: amla coco hair mask.

I have started alternating between an amla mask and a coconut oil mask. The results on my hair are excellent and I have decided to mix amla and coco for my mask, as most of my female Indian friends do. I use 100% organic coconut oil.

The coconut oil makes my hair even softer and wavy (when I was little, my hair was curly).

So, for an optimal result, I advise you to use both the amla oil above and coconut oil below.

What are the other benefits of amla?

The Indian gooseberry has many virtues for health and skin.

Amla and other adaptogen herbs table
Adaptogen herbs. Hand drawn vector set of medicinal plants

Benefits for health and scientific studies

Fruits for health table
Organic nature health fruit isolated vector collection set

Benefits for skin

Amla immune booster supplement

Amla and coronavirus

How to use amla?

  • in a hair mask.
  • in face mask.
  • in face serum.
  • as an infusion.
  • as dried fruit.
  • as a fruit juice.
  • in capsules.
Different forms of amla

The best uses for each amla product

For who?

  • For all skin types
  • Dull, mature skin
  • Tired hair
  • Sensitive scalp

Cosmetic and dietary products + their use.

You can order each of these products by clicking on them.

  • Oil: hair and skin care (take a 100% organic oil).
  • Powder: hair care, skin care, health (infusion with food powder).
  • Capsules: general health (hair, skin, health).
  • Chyawanprash: general health.
  • Dried fruit: general health.
  • Juice: general health.
  • Serum: skin.
A pure amla oil bootle with fruits

Amla oil

Amla powder and fruits

Amla powder

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Amla Tablets

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A few testimonials from Indian users.

You will find more in the article on hair oil. Here you only have the general opinions.

Vijay Rao from the IMVoyager blog – India:

Alma’s actually a magic berry. In addition to giving long, shiny hair, it has other health benefits thanks to its high vitamin C content. It promotes digestion, fights gastric acidity, strengthens the liver, nourishes the brain and mental functions, helps the heart, strengthens the lungs, regulates the elimination of free radicals, promotes fertility, helps the urinary system, improves skin health, makes hair healthier, acts as a body temperature regulator, helps eliminate toxins, improves vitality, enhances vision, improves muscle resistance and acts as an antioxidant.


Because it is full of antioxidants, Amalaki acts as a blood purifier. The Indian gooseberry belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae. This fruit ripens in the fall in the humid, wooded and hilly regions of the Indian subcontinent. In India, it is considered a sacred tree. The fruit is very nutritious, but has a sour taste. Both dried and fresh fruit can be eaten for their health benefits.

It provides remedies for many diseases, so it is widely used in Ayurvedic treatment. Gooseberry is very rich in vitamin C and contains many minerals and vitamins such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene and vitamin B complex. Amlaki is also a powerful antioxidant agent.


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