Indian Gooseberry Powder (Amla) for Hair

We all know that gooseberry is an edible fruit that can be eaten just like that or in a cooked form or even as a pickle. But the amazing fact is that it is very good for hair too! For hair, gooseberry is used mostly in powder form which is available in ethnic stores. The main advantages of applying gooseberry powder to hair are, preventing graying of hair and causing a cooling effect for hair. The gooseberries are like a tonic for hair that enriches hair growth and pigmentation.

I have collected a lot of information from the World Wide Web regarding the uses and usage of Indian Gooseberry Powder for the well being of hair. Hope this will be useful to many (including me)!


The Indian gooseberry (Phyllanthus emblica, syn. Emblica officinalis) is a deciduous tree of the Euphorbiaceae family. It is known for its edible fruit of the same name.


Indian gooseberry is an accepted hair tonic in traditional recipes for enriching hair growth and pigmentation. The fruit, cut into pieces is dried preferably in the shade. These pieces are boiled in coconut oil till the solid matter becomes charres. This darkish oil is excellent in preventing graying .The water is which dried Amla pieces are soaked overnight is also nourishing to hair and can be used for the last rinse while washing the hair. Indian gooseberry is used in various ways. The best way to take it with the least loss vitamin C, is to eat it raw with a little salt. It is often used in the form of pickles and it is dried and powdered. The berry may also be used as a vegetable. It is boiled in a small amount of water till soft and taken with a little salt.


The use of Indian gooseberry is the foremost among the home remedies found beneficial in the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair. This is a valuable hair tonic for enriching hair growth and hair pigmentation. Massaging the scalp every night with a teaspoonful of amla juice, mixed with a teaspoon of almond oil and a few drops of lime juice, also proves beneficial in the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair.


A most celebrated hair conditioner, a quarter kilo of amla fruits are boiled in a kilo of coconut oil and stored to make an effective preventive for balding and greying of hair.


Gooseberries are one of the most favored fruits for hair maintenance in the East, especially Indian homes. Its extract is great for cleansing and condition hair while roasted; it has the capacity to darken hair. Try mixing ground, dried gooseberries with lemon juice and applying on graying hair. Gradually, graying will stop and the hair will be much healthier than before.



Hope this information about gooseberries and their importance for hair's good health is helpful. Catch you in next post with another topic related to hair. Have a good day!


SubSun said...

A very useful post...Im right away off to my nearest market to buy them.. :)

srivy said...

this is true that amla helps in treating hair but the amla we find these days are hybrid and not the original ones we used to find in the days gone by. my mom and me tried to make the amla oil at home we the bigger hybrid ones. i think i lost hair after using it.

Anonymous said...

A good mixture for growing black hair longer is a blend of one tablespoon of amla powder with lemon juice. This should be turned into a thick paste by adding some water. This remedy is best for fighting hair loss and it will recover your hair's shine if applied for two to three weeks as a hair cleanser.

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Anonymous said...

where i can buy powder of Indian gooseberry amla
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Anonymous said...

Yes! Amla do help in hair growth. I did try one of the hair oil which contains amla. I have been yearning for long hair for several years and tried many hair oils. It didn't work till I found the hair oil with amla & within 3months I could see improvements. It have to be applied regularly. I used to apply 3-4 times a week.

Dr. Sunita Banerji (Hair Clinic Expert from Mumbai) said...

This is really interesting and I must prescribe this to my patients from now on! Dr. Sunita Banerji (

JhenC said...

Wow! it really works! :)
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LauraWolfhart said...

My mom lost a serious amount of hair when she was pregnant with me (oops). She used amla oil to help. It did work for a while but then her hair stopped responding to it :( Then changed over to argan oil because it smells better and isn't greasy. I also use argan oil but to repair my damaged hair from all those relaxers. So now we're both using Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil (got it online at and it seems to be working like a charm for both of us :)

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