Amla oil is one of the most common hair oils used in the Indian sub-continent. It is a natural, herbal product made from amla (also known as Indian gooseberry or Dhatrik or Amalika in Sanskrit) which is a fruit of a deciduous tree of the family Phyllanthaceae found in India. Its scientific name is Phyllanthus emblica. Amla fruit is light green in color and round in shape with a dark color single seed at the centre. It is edible in raw form and has a tangy taste to it which is made to taste better by adding salt. It has great importance in the Ayurvedic science of India both for body care and hair care purposes. Because of its cool nature it is used in stomach ailments for digestive purposes. Having an amla empty stomach early in the morning everyday is said to keep digestion problems away. It is rich in vitamin c, fatty acids, protein, carbohydrate and other essential vitamins. It is believed to help in premature greying of hair, hair fall, dandruff and dryness of scalp. As per Ayurveda its local application on scalp stimulates hair follicles thus promoting hair growth and improving the texture of the hair which adds shine to dry and damaged hair. It also acts as a natural hair conditioner and has a cooling effect.
Amla oil is made by drying the amla fruit and immersing it in oil which is usually coconut, sesame or mineral oil. The mixture is kept in a container for a few days after which the dried fruits are removed and the oil is filtered and purified for further usage. The oil has a very strong smell often pungent and bitter. It has medium consistency and it usually greenish yellow in color which may change due to the composition of other hair oils in it. Amla oil is applied directly to the scalp and massaged till the tips of each strand of hair in circular motion so that the oil is best absorbed. There are various brands of amla oil like Dabur Amla, Khadi Amla, Fab India Amla, Arogya, Bajaj Brahmi Amla, Ayur Amla, Shanti Amla and many more. However, the best to use would be home-made amla oil.
How to make Amla oil at home:
You will need Dried Amla fruit and Coconut oil
- Warm the coconut oil and add the dry amla fruits in the ratio 2:1.
- Keep the mixture in a glass container under the sun for a week.
- Drain the mixture and your amla oil is ready.
- You can add olive oil but in one-third of the quantity.
You may use amla powder or grated amla instead of dry amla. Also you may add reetha, shikakai powder to the mixture for a better effect.
How to apply Amla oil:
- Part your hair and pour ample amount of oil on your scalp.
- Massage gently with your finger tips for about 15 minutes. It should give you a cooling effect.
- Leave the oil for about 2-3 hours.
- You also can wrap a warm towel or keep it over night to allow the oil to enter your hair follicles.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Shampoo and condition your hair well to avoid any smell.