Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry, is an Ayurvedic herb from India that is rich in antioxidants, and has anti-aging properties that help to prevent sun damage. In fact, H. K. Bakhru writes in his book, "Herbs that Heal: Natural Remedies for Good Health," that the amla fruit is valued mostly for its vitamin C content and is used by Ayurvedic doctors for numerous health benefits, including anti-aging and respiratory disorders. It has cooling astringent properties and preparing it as a tea is beneficial for the skin. It is said to be revitalizing and regenerative for any skin disorder. Amla can come in a fresh fruit or powdered form. Please note that herbs are not meant to replace medical treatment or advice.
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Amla Tea for Skin Care
Pour 4 cups of water into a cooking pot. Add 2 tsp. ground amla and ginger powder.
Cover the pot and boil the water until it reduces to approximately 3 cups. Let it steep for several minutes. Strain the powder with a mesh strainer or cheese cloth.
Pour the tea into a glass pint. Sweeten with honey if desired. Drink the tea throughout the day and make a fresh tea every morning for a month. Parvesh Handa writes in his book "Speaking Of: Skin Care" that this remedy is helpful for skin disorders.
Fresh Amla for Skin Care
Soak fresh amla in a little water overnight in the refrigerator and use it as a facial wash the next day. Look for it fresh at your health food store.
Consume the amla berry just like you would a vegetable and receive the same benefits. Eat it raw with a little sea salt.
Boil a half a cup of the amla fruit down in 3 cups of water until the consistency becomes soft. You can use this as a skin paste. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse.