Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry, is an Ayurvedic herb from India that is rich in antioxidants, and has anti-aging properties that help to prevent sun damage. In fact, H. K. Bakhru writes in his book, "Herbs that Heal: Natural Remedies for Good Health," that the amla fruit is valued mostly for its vitamin C content and is used by Ayurvedic doctors for numerous health benefits, including anti-aging and respiratory disorders. It has cooling astringent properties and preparing it as a tea is beneficial for the skin. It is said to be revitalizing and regenerative for any skin disorder. Amla can come in a fresh fruit or powdered form. Please note that herbs are not meant to replace medical treatment or advice.
Amla Tea for Skin Care
Pour 4 cups of water into a cooking pot. Add 2 tsp. ground amla and ginger powder.
Cover the pot and boil the water until it reduces to approximately 3 cups. Let it steep for several minutes. Strain the powder with a mesh strainer or cheese cloth.
Pour the tea into a glass pint. Sweeten with honey if desired. Drink the tea throughout the day and make a fresh tea every morning for a month. Parvesh Handa writes in his book "Speaking Of: Skin Care" that this remedy is helpful for skin disorders.
Fresh Amla for Skin Care
Soak fresh amla in a little water overnight in the refrigerator and use it as a facial wash the next day. Look for it fresh at your health food store.
Consume the amla berry just like you would a vegetable and receive the same benefits. Eat it raw with a little sea salt.
Boil a half a cup of the amla fruit down in 3 cups of water until the consistency becomes soft. You can use this as a skin paste. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse.
Instead of making the tea, you can save time by simply measuring 1 cup of ground amla powder and half a cup of ground ginger and mixing them together. Add 1 tsp. of this mixture to warm water every morning and evening and drink. Fresh amla or ginger can also be used.
Additionally, Amla can be used as a hair tonic, according to Bakhru. Boil it down in coconut oil until the oil becomes dark. The dark oil is said to prevent gray hairs from forming. Add the oil directly to your hair and rinse out.
Herbal or alternative remedies have not been proven effective by the FDA and are not intended to replace medical treatment. If you are suffering from a serious skin condition, contact your doctor or dermatologist.