Amalaki (Amla)

Amalaki, also known as amla or Indian Gooseberry, has been called “the Ayurvedic wonder,” as it supports everything from digestion to elimination, immunity, and inner and outer skin health.

Amalaki supports antioxidant activity and healthy skin via the encouragement of collagen and elastin production. In this way, amalaki supports not only the health of the outer skin, but also the inner skin that lines the gut, respiratory tract, and all the mucous membranes of the body.

Amalaki is well-known as a natural source of vitamin C. While many sources of vitamin C—such as synthetic or extracted vitamin C—can cause looser stools at high doses, amalaki, touting a natural, whole form, can support healthy and firm stools. For years in my clinic, I have been extremely impressed by amalaki’s incredible ability to support gut health by balancing the delicate intestinal mucus that is crucial for nutrient assimilation. (1, 2)

How To Use Amalaki

Amalaki adds a nice tart/sour taste that can often replace lemon, lime or vinegar. As it can have a slight grainy texture when the powder is added dry foods, use it in watery foods or dissolve it in liquid first. Start with a small amount to find your preferred dose because adding too much can taste bitter to some. Add 1/4-1/2 tsp of amalaki powder to the following foods:

  • Amalaki Mintade for 2 people: juice of 1 lemon, ¼-1/2 tsp of amalaki powder, sprig of chopped mint. Sweeten to taste with honey, agave or stevia.
  • In warm water with a dash of honey, stevia or agave
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Green smoothies
  • Vegetables juices
  • Salad Dressings (Try amalaki with olive oil, lemon, garlic, and salt)
  • Soups (add after cooking)

Alternatively, take 1 capsule or 500-1000mg 3 times per day after meals. Organic amalaki powder (1/4-1/2 tsp) can be mixed with raw honey for a soothing, rejuvenating face mask that will give you a natural glow. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes, rinse it off, then moisturize.

Tip: Steam your face prior to applying the mask. This is a great practice before applying masks of any kind to the face.



Energetics of Amalaki

  • Taste (Rasa): Sour, bitter, astringent. Secondarily pungent and sweet.
  • Energy (Virya): Cooling
  • Post-digestive quality (Vipaka): Sweet
  • Quality (Guna): Light, dry
  • Tissue (Dhatu): All tissues are affected, especially blood and muscles
  • Channel (Srotas): Circulation, digestion and elimination

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Amalaki also known as amla or Indian Gooseberry, belongs to a group of herbs described in Ayurvedic texts as rasayana. According to Ayurveda, rasayana herbs promote longevity, induce nourishment, and prevent the effects of aging. Modern science has been equally fascinated by Amalaki. One study even referred to it as “the Ayurvedic wonder,” as it supports everything from digestion to elimination, immunity, and inner and outer skin health. Amalaki has repeatedly shown to support heart and arterial health, healthy blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels already within the normal range, and overall vitality.

Chyawanprash is a classic Ayurvedic superfood with a supporting cast of over 40 organic herbs for anyone who needs support to avoid vata imbalances during seasonal changes and stressful life transitions. The base and key ingredient of this formula is Amalaki, or Indian Gooseberry, a powerful antioxidant fruit that is considered a superfood in India for its potent free radical-scavenging properties. Chyawanprash helps support the body’s natural ability to remove toxins or “ama” and boost “ojas” which, in Ayurveda, supports optimal vigor and vitality.

Blooming Lotus Mud Mask is moisturizing and gently exfoliating all at once, combining chickpea flour with Ayurvedic skin-loving herbs Neem, Turmeric and Triphala. Honey and bentonite clay serve to tighten the appearance of pores and leave the skin looking restored and rejuvenated. Softening pectin is included to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Crystal Clear Cleanser/Toner is a revival of an ancient Ayurvedic cleansing formula. Chickpea flour is employed as an exfoliating scrub that removes oil, dirt, and make-up, leaving the skin looking soft and nourished. Ayurvedic herbal stars Neem, Amalaki and Triphala combine with a coconut lipid extract and glycerin to create a delicate, non-drying lather. The soft scent of tangerine lends a crisp, clean finish.

Royal Glow Facial Moisturizer is a concentrated moisturizer in the tradition of Ayurvedic beauty care containing vitamins A, D, and E, as well as the tonifying Ayurvedic herbs Bala, Brahmi, Turmeric, Amalaki, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Tulsi. According to Ayurvedic legend, these herbs promote a glowing and lustrous appearance of the skin. A light, silky texture and subtle floral scent give this moisturizer its fine, delicate feel.

Fountain of Youth Skin Serum is designed to be applied to target areas of the skin to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Combining time-tested Ayurvedic herbs Neem, Amalaki, Vacha (Calamus), Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Bala, along with vitamins A, C, D, and E, Fountain of Youth Skin Serum brings Ayurvedic beauty solutions to the areas of your skin most vulnerable to the signs of aging.

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