Wonder Fruit AMLA
Amla is known as Indian gooseberry, a wonderful fruit. It protects us from all the ailments. It is like the mother, who takes care of her sick child. The more I write about the fruit and the tree that bears the fruit, I feel the less, I have written. The amla tree has got mythological as well as medicinal value in India. People even worship this tree especially during the month of Kartik. There is a practice in Andhra to have vana bhojanam (having food in the open) under this tree during the month of Kartik. One full day people spend under this tree cooking and eating, believing that this tree would keep them free from ailments all through winter and the years to come by. This helps them to get the benefits of fresh and cool air of the tree. Hindus worship the tree and regard is as Lakshmi. The women folk make diyas out of amla fruit by removing the seed, pour oil and light it in front of tulsi plant. The smoke that comes out of it kills many germs and makes the air fresh and clean. I must say, it is rightly worshipped. It is the mother of all the herbs. The whole tree has got immense medicinal value. Its fruits, leaves, seeds, flowers and bark all are used in the preparation of Ayurvedic and Unani Medicines. Charaka Samhita is known to have mentioned its uses. Sage Chavan is said to have regained his youthfulness by specific use of herbal compounds which primarily consisted of amla. On the basis of the formula mentioned in Charaka Samhita, chawanprash is prepared. It is one of the main fruits used in triphala by Ayurveda.
Amla is the most powerful and rejuvenating agent. It is low in sugar and high in fiber. An ideal daily fruit for almost everyone. A natural source of vitamin C. It has a number of health benefits. Most people does not know that it acts as sedative, relaxes muscle, improves sleep and can have calm-soothing effect. It relieves stress. It is very beneficial for coughs and cold. To get the full benefit of vitamin C it should be eaten raw. It raises the protein level and helps maintaining the body weight due to its richness of vitamin C and other nutrients. It rejuvenates the body and enhances the immunity.
In Andhra Pradesh, amla is cooked and pickled by adding spices and prepared in many varieties. In northern India, murabba is made by soaking the berries in sugar syrup for long time and consumed after meals for digestion.
HERE ARE A FEW HEALTH TIPS TO BE USED BY AMLA:-
For healthy heart: 100gms of amla powder (dried and powdered amla), 100gms of sugar candy, mishri (powdered).
Mix both the above ingredients and store in a bottle. If taken one teaspoon early morning with empty stomach one can keep all the heart problems at bay.
Anti-Diabetic: 100gms of amla powder, 100gms of jamun powder, 100gms of bitter gourd powder.
Mix all the above ingredients and store the powder in a bottle. Take one teaspoon twice daily to keep diabetes under control.
Acidity: One teaspoon of amla powder with one teaspoon of mishri (sugar candy) taken twice daily can be treated for acidity.
Diarrhoea: Take few tender amla leaves. After washing them make paste of about one spoon. Add with one spoon of honey and take early in the morning. This controls diarrhoea.
Eye care: Amla can cure conjunctivitis and other eye infections. Taking amla juice with honey improves eyesight. It improves nearsightedness and cataract. It reduces intraocular tension.
Heart care: Amla strengthens heart muscles. Taking one spoon of amla powder along with one spoon of honey improves heart condition. It helps heart to pump the blood flawless throughout the body.
Improves appetite: Taking amla powder mixed with butter and honey before eating food improves appetite.
Amla lowers cholesterol level, increases red blood cell production, strengthens teeth and nail. So, amla is very beneficial to all the parts of our body taking from toe nails to hair. It does not lose its medicinal properties even after cooking, soaking in sugar syrup, drying or preserving in any form.
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Amla is good for hair. It acts as ante ageing and gives nourishment to hair. During the season, amla can be cut into pieces and dried and can be preserved.
If once a week any one of the given below treatments is followed, one can get black, shiny hair and can also stop hair fall.
- Soak 4, 5 pieces of amla in a cup of water overnight. Early in the morning take little water in fist and put in mouth and rinse. The remaining water apply to head and take bath after an hour. This will help in stopping the hair fall.
- Washing hair with amla powder mixed with shikakai powder or ritha powder will stop graying of hair and gives glow by making hair smooth and silky.
- It nourishes hair roots prevents pre-mature graying.
- Eat amla daily to internally nourish hair and skin by adding it to a well-balanced diet. It gives body adequate protein and Iron and there by gives nourishment to hair.
- Use of amla to wash hair maintains the colour and luster of the hair and acts as a natural hair conditioner.