Amla is the name given to the fruit of a small leafy tree (Amlica
Embillicus) which grows throughout India and bears an edible fruit.
This fruit is highly prized both for its high vitamin C content
and for the precious oil which is extracted from its seeds and pulp
and used as a treatment for hair and scalp problems.
During colonial times the British referred to the amla fruit as
the "Indian Gooseberry". It is edible, very tart and rich
in pectin. Because of this, it is commonly used to make jams, jellys,
chutneys and other condiments.
Another common use of this fruit is in medicines and tonics since
it is extremely rich in vitamin C. In fact, it is documented that
the amla fruit, on a per pound basis, is the world's richest source
of vitamin C.
"Amla oil" is prepared from dried amla berries which
have been soaked in coconut oil for several days in order to extract
the oil soluble vitamins from the fruit. The filtered and purified
oil is commonly called "amla oil". This oil has a long
history of use as an aid for improving the health of hair and scalp.
In fact, it is one of the world's oldest, natural hair conditioners.
Customarily, a small amount of amla oil is applied to the hair after
washing. This not only brings forth a rich, natural shine and soft
texture, but also helps rejuvenate hair that is dull and damaged.
Amla Oil is used for no other purpose than treating hair. It is
a natural hair conditioner with a long history of use.