Isn’t it safest and most GRAS to put on your skin only what you would put into your mouth?
Food-grade, pure Amla powder eaten regularly, is rejuvenating, and rich in antioxidants. It’s also one of the highest natural sources of Vitamin C, an essential vitamin for growth and repair of all body tissues.
Laboratories estimate that one teaspoon of amla powder contains about 40 mg of Vitamin C. Note that the recommended daily dose is just 65-90 mg. Additionally, in nature’s way of things, Vitamin C in Amla combines potently with its phosphorus, iron, calcium, fibre and other components. TAyurvedic and Unani texts also mention this.Therefore, it delivers far more benefits than what mega doses of synthetic vitamin C ever can.
The human body does not produce vitamin C. So to get the most out of the natural Vitamin C in Amla, you should eat it regularly as food or supplement.
Amla paste applied topically to hair, strengthens roots, adds volume to hair, eliminates dandruff, deepens dark colour, and conditions hair.
Some Ways of Using Amla
When you don’t get the fresh fruit, and many times, even when you do, amla powder is handy to use, and retains nutrients. So here’s the most recommended way of taking it: soak the powder overnight in half a cup of water. In the morning drink the water along with powder on an empty stomach.
Then there is triphala (an ayurvedic formulation that balances the humors of vata, pitta, and kapha). It combines Amla powder with Bhibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) powders in different ratios. Note that the general recommended optimum ratio in the order listed above is 3:2:1. But you can take it as per need or physician’s recommendation. And it’s easy to use: use it just the way you’d use Amla powder.
Finally, Amla is also used in cooking when a dash of sourness is called for.
To condition and darken black or dark brown hair:
- As per the length and thickness of your hair, mix requisite quantity of amla powder with four times the water (filtered). Next, cook this in an iron vessel. First on medium, then on low fire, till the powder is reduced to a dark paste.
- Let the paste cool, then cover with a lid, food wrap or plastic cover. Now, make it airtight, and leave it overnight.
- In the morning, add more filtered water to make this dark paste easily applicable. Then apply on clean and dry head. But make sure to coat your hair thickly, working with small sections.
- Wear a protective shower cap after you’ve applied it evenly all over your hair. Then, wait for at least an hour before washing it off thoroughly with cool water.
To colour grey hair dark brown: Follow steps 1 and 2 above. In the morning, add 3-6 teaspoons of Grasroutes Just Indigo powder to the thick paste.
You will have to experiment with the quantity of indigo to arrive at your optimum colour.
Add almost boiling water to get an applicable consistency (like very thick curd). Apply on hair, covering well, and put on shower cap for an hour. To end it, use the same procedure as for Grasroutes Hair Colour Therapy.
Usually you can do this process once in two months, using Grasroutes Hair Colour Therapy in-between for ease.
Some of the best skin applications are made with foods and plants around you. For instance, you can combine amla powder with a variety of flowers (water of rose, jasmine, calendula), fruit (papaya, pomegranate, banana), vegetable (carrot, potato, spinach, tamarind) and herbs (aloe vera, basil).
Two masks to try:
Anti-aging face mask – amla powder, raw milk and carrot juice
You can brighten your skin and get rid of blemishes, pigmentation and fine wrinkles. First, take four teaspoons amla powder, and mix it with the juice of a quarter grated carrot (squeeze the grated carrot to extract juice). Then add raw milk to form a spreadable paste. Now, apply the paste on face, neck and back of hands. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Finally, wash off with cool water. Repeat on alternate days, for a fortnight, for best results.
Amla, yoghurt and honey to improve complexion and brighten skin
Take four teaspoons amla powder and mix with one teaspoon each of honey and curd. Apply it evenly on your face, neck and hands and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Wash with cool water and pat dry.