Amla powder has been used in Ayurveda, the oldest healing art in the world, for thousands of years. The so-called “fruit of youth and beauty” is said to be a real booster for our hair growth and even be able to combat hair loss effectively.
But what exactly is amla powder? It is a finely ground powder made from the amla berry, the Indian gooseberry. This is grown extensively in South and Southeast Asia and some parts of East Africa. Amla is not only processed into amla powder, amla oil is also a popular health-promoting product (also effective against hair loss) in Ayurvedic medicine.
What are the active substances in amla powder?
The amla fruit and the amla powder are rich in natural ingredients that have a positive effect on our health.
- Saturated and unsaturated fatty acids (among other things, nourish the hair follicles)
- Amino acids (promote hair growth)
- Vitamin C (around 900 mg per 100 g)
- Antioxidants (for comparison: amla has more than twice as much antioxidant power as acai and 75 times more than the power food fruit goji berries)
- Traces of potassium, magnesium, and calcium (especially the latter two basic minerals are necessary for a healthy scalp)
- Beta-carotene (plant substance and precursor of vitamin A, which gives hair shine, suppleness, and volume)
What Makes Amla Powder So Effective Against Hair Loss?
The above-mentioned ingredients of the amla powder already offer an excellent mix to support hair growth. But Amla can do even more: It has the ability to block an enzyme (5-alpha reductase) that is often responsible for hair loss. 5-alpha reductase converts the hormone testosterone into DHT, which attaches to the hair roots in the event of an imbalance and thus shortens the growth of the hair. If the use of amla powder blocks the enzyme, the hair can grow again unhindered and does not fall out as quickly.
Uses of amla powder
For its use in the hair, amla powder must always be mixed with a liquid and made into a paste. For regular hair loss treatment, 1 tablespoon of amla powder is mixed with 1 tablespoon of water. The resulting paste is massaged thoroughly into the scalp and washed out again after approx. 15 to 20 minutes with a mild shampoo. You can use this anti-hair loss mask 2 to 3 times a week.
If you want to fight dry, brittle hair, you can also mix the amla powder with an oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil (ratio 1: 1) and add this to the lengths of the hair. Again, you should let the paste work for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it out again.
Amla powder can also develop its effectiveness on hair growth from within. For this purpose, the fruity to bitter-tasting powder can be mixed with smoothies or muesli, for example. But it can also be taken pure - simply mixed with water. The advantage of this variant is that the amla powder can also positively affect other parts of the body, such as nails and skin.
The powder should be taken regularly, preferably daily. A general guideline for the dose is around 2 to 5 grams of amla powder per day. You shouldn’t eat more to avoid stomach problems (high acid content!). Be sure to read the exact information on the product packaging.
When buying Amla powder, make sure that it is also suitable for internal use, i.e., for consumption.