Divine fruit for divine beauty

SHAHNAZ SPEAKS

Ayurvedic gem amla, considered as the divine fruit, is rich in Vitamin C and has been used to provide effective treatment to various diseases like cough, ulcers, constipation, diabetes and cholesterol. It also has immense beauty benefits for skin and hair.

The magic fruit, also called Indian gooseberry, can be immensely beneficial to tighten your skin, lighten complexion, treat acne, make your hair shiny and dandruff-free and delay the effects of premature ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots by boosting the regeneration of healthy new cells. Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain talks about some home remedies using amla.

You can have the juice of a raw amla daily after adding it to a glass of water to check premature hair greying.

You can add amla juice to your hair and leave it dry for 30 minutes for an all-new mane shine.  

You can add amla to henna powder. However, henna leaves a reddish brown colour on white hair. It will not colour dark hair. If you would like to try it, you can soak a handful of dry amla in about 2 to 3 cups water overnight. Next morning, strain the water but do not throw it away. Grind the amla. To the henna powder, add the ground amla, four teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, two raw eggs, two teaspoons of oil and enough amla water, so that the henna mixes into a thick paste. Keep the paste for two to three hours and then apply it on the hair. Leave it for at least two hours and wash off with plain water.

Amla juice has Vitamin C and antioxidants which can prevent hair fall and premature greying. Amla juice will repair broken strands of hair and give it an extra layer of shine. It also treats various hair problems like dandruff, premature greying, dryness of hair etc. It is a great conditioner too. Mix amla juice with henna and gently apply it on your scalp. Let it dry naturally and wash it with lukewarm water to give your hair that extra smoothness and shine.

To control the problem of hair fall, take dried amla and boil it in water and mash it. Apply the pulpy paste on the scalp as well as hair. Let it dry in natural environment and wash it off with plain fresh water. This treatment can be done once a week.

Apply amla juice on your face and outer skin with cotton pad and wash off after 15 minutes with fresh water. It will help improve your skin complexion. Close your eyes while doing so.

Amla oil is an excellent conditioner and gives a natural shine to the tresses.

Apply amla paste on your face and wash it off after 30 minutes when it has been completely dried. It will help treat acne and breakouts making you more beautiful and attractive. Amla is also an excellent cleanser and helps in removing dead cells/pimples. If you are struggling with dull and dehydrated skin, then have amla juice with honey every morning to get a blemish-free and glowing skin. 

Amla juice is perfect for the treatment of acne and pimple scars. It helps remove acne marks and blemishes. Apply the paste for 15 minutes on the affected area and leave it for 10 minutes. Wash it with lukewarm water. If you have a sensitive skin, dilute the juice with water and then apply. Be consistent with this treatment for better results.  

It will lighten the spots and reduce the occurrence of pimples. This will fight pimples, fine lines and reduce scarring owing to acne. It is a natural blood purifier that keeps pimples and the after-effects of acne away.

Amla face pack gives you glowing, radiant and supple skin fighting the adverse effects of pollution and chemical-based skin products. You can mix amla powder, honey and yogurt to make a quick face mask. Leave it for 20 minutes or till it dries naturally and rinse it with cold water. For oily skin, you can mix two portions of amla powder with some rose water and apply the pack on your face. Leave it till it dries and wash it.

Amla juice is an excellent face scrub as it helps exfoliate the skin. The antioxidants and Vitamin C in amla help to tone and tighten the skin. Take a spoonful of amla powder and mix it with hot water. Use this paste to scrub your face and rinse it after 15 minutes. You can add a little turmeric to the paste.

To make home-made shampoo for silky hair, take a handful of dry herbs of reetha, amla and shikakai and add it to a litre of water and allow it to soak overnight. The next day, simmer it on a low fire till the water reduces to half the quantity. Do not allow it to boil on a high flame. Let the mixture cool and then strain it with a clean cloth. Use the liquid for washing the hair. The decoction can be kept in the refrigerator for 3 or 4 days.

To make amla hair oil, take a handful of dry amla. Grind coarsely and add it to 100 ml of pure coconut oil. Keep it in an airtight glass bottle and keep the bottle in the sun daily for about 15 days. Then strain the oil and store. The oil can be used to apply on the hair. Regular intake of amla juice purifies blood and fights toxins. If the juice is taken with honey, it serves as a great beverage and makes your skin complexion brighter and lighter.

Amla juice is an excellent nutrient that boosts formation of collagen cells making your skin radiant, soft, toned and youthful. Amla repairs damaged tissues and combats problems of dry and scaly skin.

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