Amla oil has been used for ages in old Indian medicine (Ayurvedic medicine) because of its numerous salubrious uses. One popular natural remedy is to use amla oil for hair. Amla oil is practiced by both men and women as part of their hair care regime.
What is Amla Oil?
The amla tree (Phyllanthus Emblica) is sometimes called the Indian gooseberry and it produces a sour fruit resembling a gooseberry.
Amla oil is not obtained from the tree or the fruit. It is produced by drying the fruit and then infusing it or soaking it in oil like coconut oil or sesame oil. The oil is then purified and it is ready to be used. Sometimes the oil is produced by boiling the fruit or extracts from the amla tree in coconut oil.
Benefits of Amla Oil for Hair
Amla oil carries many properties which make it an excellent hair care product.
Although the fruit of the amla tree is very rich in vitamin C, which is a well-known antioxidant and assists rid the skin of free radicals, it’s difficult to know specifically how much of the vitamin C content is stored in the oil itself. But studies have also revealed that the fruit contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities.
Because amla oil is made using natural oils, it too includes fatty acids which help to nourish and moisturize the hair. For example, coconut oil (which is usually used to make amla oil) has features in it which help preserve the hair from protein loss and can penetrate inside the hair shaft.
Amla oil has also proved to have antifungal qualities which can be helpful for the scalp.
How to Use Amla Oil for Hair
You can apply amla oil directly to your scalp and use it as a hair mask.
To do this you should follow these steps:
●Apply some amla oil to your scalp and hair and smoothly massage into your scalp, making sure that you cover all areas.
●Cover your hair with a shower cap and cover your head in a towel.
●Leave for 2-3 hours, or overnight.
●Wash out the amla oil with your favorite shampoo.
Where to Buy Amla Oil
Amla oil is easily obtainable at many online stores or in specialist Indian stores. It is always best to look for amla oil which is 100% natural and doesn’t contain any synthetic ingredients or mineral oil.