Herbal Party Series: AMLA

Hey everyone,

A couple of weeks ago, we announced that several powders/herbs are now available on the African Naturalistas store. And I was excited to see that too, but then when I clicked on the post, I was a trifle confused because I didn't know what 75% of them were, how they're used and what their benefits are. I know there's at least someone out there who's in the same boat, so for the next how many weeks, I shall focus on all the herbs posted, so that we can learn a thing or two.

First up is Amla.
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Source Amla fruit aka Indian Gooseberry

Its scientific name is Phyllanthus emblica, and the tree is native to India. It's also called Indian Gooseberry. It's an antioxidant with a very high Vitamin C content and has antimicrobial and antiviral properties.

Amla powder is thought to be a very good conditioner for hair. In addition, some say that it helps dyes (such as henna) stick better to hair. I've also read that it can be good for fighting dandruff. Amla powder is good for strengthening the hair follicles as well, preventing hair loss. It can also help with curl definition.

Simply mix your amla powder with warm water to form a paste. Massage the paste into your scalp and dry or damp hair from root to tip for about thirty minutes before rinsing off (you can cover your hair with a shower cap). After all of it is rinsed off COMPLETELY, you can shampoo your hair. 

You can also choose to mix it with henna or other ayurvedic powders (and even oils like coconut or olive) for your hair treatment.

Video on how to use amla: (note, she put hers in for 5 hours and simply rinsed off)

As always, try new things on a small section of hair first to ensure that you don't have any negative reactions. 
You can order Amla powder and others from the African Naturalistas store.

Have a nice weekend!


  1. Nice
    I had no clue how most of them could be used

  2. Yup nice. Never heard of this before. Thanks for sharing



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