Amla oil is derived from the fruit of the amla tree, a tree native to warm Indian soils. It can grow nearly anywhere, in poor to rich soil, adapting easily to its conditions. The tree produces feathery green-grey leaves, grey bark with red wood, yellow-green flowers and small green fruits. Amla oil comes from these fruits, which are sometimes called Indian gooseberries. Amla berries contain abundant vitamins, including a high percentage of vitamin C. Some people consume the juice, dried berries and fresh berries as a dietary supplement for their immune systems. Indian natives believe amla promotes spiritual purity.
Amla is most popular as a hair conditioner for dry and damaged hair. It coats the follicles and fills in broken spaces in hair strands, making dry hair soft and silky. Apply amla oil to hair right after washing to allow it to work overnight. Coat especially damaged hair when it's damp, from the roots to the ends, and wrap it up in a towel. After an hour, the heat and steam from being enclosed should help the amla to deep condition the hair to make it silky and soft. The oil also repairs and helps prevent split ends.
Massaging your scalp with amla oil is said to help promote circulation in the skin and hair follicles. As a result, hair grows in thicker and softer since the follicles get more nourishment from heightened blood flow. The oil is also supposed to cool the scalp and promote sound sleep. This increased circulation helps to stimulate memory and keep your mind sharp by encouraging more blood to flow into the brain. Massage a dime-sized dollop into your scalp after showering each night.
Amla is said to help hide grey hair by leaving a dark pigmentation on the hair after treatment. The oil itself is a dark colour; after a few treatments, users may begin to notice that their hair has a deeper hue. This happens because the oil soaks into the hair strands to help repair damage and fill in porous hair. The oil pigmentation slips into the strands along with the oils themselves. This pigmentation is most helpful for those with dark brown or black hair.
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