Amalaki is great support and nutrition for the digestive tract, among other wonderful benefits including optimal function of the inner and outer skin, arteries, blood purification and liver rejuvenation.
Amalaki refers to the herbal use of the amla fruit, also called Indian gooseberry. The word amla literally means “sour,” and its other name, dhatri, means “mother” or “nurse.” Its associations point to Amalaki’s reputation as being greatly nourishing and supportive for a great array of body systems and all the body types, or doshas.
As the principal ingredient in Chyawanprash, the pillar Ayurvedic antioxidant superfood, Amalaki boasts a catalogue of benefits, including:
- Rejuvenative for the liver
- Helps balance blood sugar
- Supports a healthy reproductive system
- Promotes stable and healthy energy levels
- Protector and tonic for the heart by supporting healthy cholesterol levels and integrity and cleanliness of the arterial walls
- Cleanses and nourishes the blood
- Awakens Digestion
- Promotes healthy hair
- Tonic for a clear mind
- Corrects the flow of vata
- Protects and tonifies the eyes
By supporting the inner and outer skin, Amalaki supports a host of health functions that are dependent on healthy inner skin lining the digestive system and organs. For example, the skin that lines the heart and arteries are uniquely supported by Amalaki. For the outer skin, Amalaki supplementation helps develop that radiance and clarity of the skin. Amalaki is sometimes used topically and is a powerful ingredient in Ayurvedic skin care.
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: Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), also known as Indian Gooseberry, is a small fruit from the Amla tree. Amalaki may be most well known for its support of 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. Notably, Amalaki has also been shown to encourage healthy good and bad cholesterol levels in support of optimal heart and cardiovascular health.
Chyawanprash: Chyawanprash is an amazing formula that has been used as a tonic in Ayurveda for over 3000 years. A natural multi-mineral and multi-vitamin formulation,* Chyawanprash is made from a complex and precise traditional recipe that includes over 40 powerful Ayurvedic herbs. The base and key ingredient of this formula is called Amalaki, or Indian Gooseberry, a powerful antioxidant fruit that is considered a superfood in India for its potent free-radical scavenging properties. It is also one of the three fruits that make up the Ayurvedic formula Triphala. The Amalaki contained in LifeSpa’s Organic Chyawanprash is fresh and sustainably harvested.
Blooming Lotus Mud Mask: All at once moisturizing and gently exfoliating, Blooming Lotus Mud Mask combines chickpea flour with Ayurvedic herbs Neem, Amalaki and Triphala. Raw honey and clay serve to tighten the appearance of enlarged pores and leave the skin looking restored. Softening apple pectin has been found to lessen the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and environmental damage.
Crystal Clear Cleanser/Toner: 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: A concentrated moisturizer in the tradition of Ayurvedic beauty care, Royal Glow is rich in vitamins D and E, as well as the pervasive Ayurvedic herbs Bala, Brahmi, Turmeric, Amalaki, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Tulsi. According to Ayurvedic legend, these herbs promote ojas, 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: A highly concentrated moisturizer and nutrient blend, Fountain of Youth Skin Serum is designed to be applied to target areas to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Rich in 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 aging and environmental damage.