Amla (gooseberry) for hair

Managing hair, the crowning glory is a tough task indeed. Barring those lucky few (probably it’s in their genes) who are gifted with naturally thick trouble-free and lustrous hair, others have to slog to keep their hair in a good condition.

Bogged down by unmanageable, troublesome hair? Then, turn to this miracle berry called ‘amla’ for help and manage your tresses, the natural way. Amla (Indian Gooseberry) was used by women in ancient times to take care of their mane. It could help you too. Ayurvedic texts are replete with references about the usefulness of amla as a hair tonic. Premature graying, hair-loss, dull, limp and oily hair – you name it and ‘amla’ seems to have a solution to your problem. gooseberry

Here are a few such recipes using amla (gooseberry):

Amla to prevent premature graying

Take a few amla and cut them into pieces. Dry them in shade. Boil these pieces in coconut oil till the solid matter becomes like charred dust. This darkish oil is an excellent oil to prevent graying of hair. Massaging the scalp with amla oil induces sound sleep also. gooseberry in bowl

Amla as a conditioner

The water in which dried amla pieces are soaked overnight nourishes the hair and this water can be used as a last rinse while washing your hair.

Amla to prevent hair-loss

If you are losing hair excessively on your scalp, a regular intake of amla not only prevents further hair depletion but is also good for hair growth. Also wash you hair with the fresh juice of amla.

See also: Medicinal value of Amla (gooseberry)

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  1. Anonymous4:25 PM

    I was looking for health benefits of amla and came across your blog and found it very informative.I have bookmarked your site and waiting for your new post.

  2. Anonymous10:56 PM

    I am impressed with your article. I suggested this to another friend who has a serious problem of falling hair and after a month or so it has worked for her. Yay! three cheers for amla

  3. That's wonderful Gita.:) Amla is indeed a wonder berry.

  4. Anonymous4:57 PM

    hey is amla good for regrowth of hair also? will it halp?

  5. Can i use Amla as a hot oil treatment? and on my hair after using water based moisturizer? most of the Amla oil in the market contain light mineral oil and I've been warn against product with mineral oil? I have curly and dull/dry African hair.

  6. You can slightly warm amla oil and gently massage it on your scalp, I haven't tried any store-bought ones, I've used only home made amla oil, so I'm not aware of the mineral oil content in it. It's very easy to prepare amla oil at home using coconut oil and amla pieces. If you can't get amla fruit pieces, you can buy amla powder from amazon. Try it and let me know.

  7. Anonymous10:35 AM

    it is good for Ur hair

  8. Anonymous6:35 AM

    Thank you for your wonderful blog Aparna! Just wondering how you prepare Amla oil at home? I have Amla powder already but how do I really go about? Could you kindly explain in detail?

  9. Thanks a lot for the nice words about my blog. As for preparation of amla oil,take about 2 cups of coconut oil in a saucepan. Add 3-4 tsp of amla powder to it and boil it until amla powder becomes brown and charred. Remove it from the flame. After it cools, strain it and store it in a bottle. If you wish, you can even add powders of brahmi, fenugreek (methi), neem, hibiscus leaves etc. while boiling.

  10. Anonymous10:46 AM

    Great blog! I have found Amla pieces at Indian grocery stores! I also picked up whole Aritha can I use it to benefit my hair?

  11. @Anonymous (comment #10): You have to soak aritha/reetha pieces in water overnight and in the morning before you wash the hair, boil the mixture and keep it aside. After it cools, you can use it to shampoo your hair. It lathers well and will leave your hair squeaky clean.

  12. Nandan10:19 AM

    Thanks for giving good information on Amla. Your Website is having good information on Health and beauty.

  13. Ananya10:24 AM

    Amla or Indian Gooseberry prevents premature graying of hair and hair loss.

  14. Dharitri4:05 PM

    Massaging the head with amla oil, induces sound sleep and is good for hair. prevents premature graying of hair.

  15. Prajwal4:07 PM

    The powder of the dried amla fruit is an effective remedy of hyper acidity, ulcers and blood impurities. It is also used both internally and externally as a decoction and paste.

  16. Pavitra9:39 AM

    Indian gooseberry oil, prepared by boiling dry pieces of Indian gooseberry in coconut oil, is considered a valuable hair tonic for enriching hair growth. A mixture of an equal quantity of fresh Indian gooseberry juice and lime juice, used as a shampoo also stimulates hair growth and prevents hair loss.

  17. Anonymous9:31 PM

    Thanks for the information..its really impressed me

  18. Mix henna powder, gooseberry, curd & lemon juice. Apply this to your hair and leave it for an hour. Then wash your hair with a mild shampoo. It is a
    Hair tonic.

  19. Medini1:28 PM

    I m using home made amla oil powdered amla cooked in mustard oil it is doing wonderz i ve been using since 2 weeks n it is actually retaining my hair color n covering da grey ones compeletely it did miracle ….i m v happy i m going to use dis for life tyme for sure… amla oil

  20. Ragini1:30 PM

    I usually use amla oil and haven’t tried mustard oil with amla. Appreciate the tip.

  21. Anonymous12:28 AM

    Hi Medini, what is the quantity of mustard oil and amla powder.



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