Nature is not made by divinity; it is a part of divinity – Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Scientific Name: Emblica Myrobalan
Other names: Amalaki, Amalaki, Amali, Amalakamu, Ambika, Anola, Adipala, Bhumi amla, Bhumyamalki, Dhatri, Indian gooseberry, Usirikaya, Nellikai, Nillika, Nellikya, Malacca tree, etc…
“The intelligence of the Universe expresses through sacred and medicinal plants” After Tulasi, Amla tree has been regarded as the sacred tree that people worship in India.
The Amla tree mingles perfectly with Indian culture.
IN MYTHOLOGY – Amla originated from the holy drops of Amrita meaning Heavenly Nectar that was dropped at Samudra Manthan. So It is believed that the fruit can cure almost all problem
In Sanskrit, its name is Amalaki, which means ‘The Sustainer or ‘The Fruit where the Goddess of Prosperity presides.
Even deities respect Amla tree, as Lord Vishnu dwells on this holy tree. As the Amla fruits are very nourishing and stimulate spiritual purity, it is worshiped as the Mother Earth itself and is believed to nurture humankind.
It is believed Once when Brahma was in deep meditation of Vishnu, tears started rolling down his eyes, when they fall on the ground, Amla tree germinated.
The Amla tree is also known as ADIROAH(the pre-eminent tree)since it was the first tree to manifest on earth. The Charaka Samhita says, “Amalaki is the best among rejuvenating herbs.” The fact that this fruit Amla is used as a symbol for spiritual truth shows in what high esteem it has always been held in India. IN CULTURE AND RELIGION Adi Shankara composed and recited the Kanakadhara stotram in praise of Mahalakshmi to make a poor Brahmin lady get wealth, in return for a single Amla berry presented to him as bhiksha on an auspicious Dwadashi day.
Tamil legend – Avvaiyar a female poet, ethicist and political activist of the Sangam period was gifted with one Amla by King Athiyaman to give her long life.
HISTORY – Emperor Asoka was said to have parted half an Amalaka as a farewell gift to Buddhist Sangha. A stupa was built at the spot as a mark of the significant moment and remains as Amalakka Stupa in Patna.
With such great spiritual significance, the shape of the Amalaki, an integral part of Indian temple architecture, is said to have been inspired by Amla.
If you offer Amla berry to God on Wednesday all your financial problems will be solved. In order to get good health, You can drink its juice. If you sleep, take a rest and eat under the Amla tree, You can get relief from diseases and stress.
If you donate Amla berry on Wednesday then your mental problems can be removed. If you plant Amla in the month of Kartik, You will get good money and a child. Keep Amla berry in front of you and chant Kanakdhara Strot, it will remove your poorness. If you have problems with debt then you must have to plant Amla in your home. You have to offer water every day in the morning.
WHAT IS AMLA?
Amla is the medium size deciduous plant. It grows to a height of 8 -18 meters. It has a crooked trunk and spreading branches. Its flower is yellow-greenish in color. the fruit is spherical, light greenish-yellow, quite smooth and hard on appearance with 6 vertical stripes or furrows. The average weight of the fruit is 60 -70g.
WHY DO WE EAT AMLA?
Amla has been used for thousands of years for its nourishing, nutrient properties. Amla is rich in vitamin C containing about 720 to 921 mg of Vitamin C for every hundred grams of edible material. It is the most concentrated form of Vitamin C found in the plant kingdom, (i.e)twenty times that of an orange. More importantly, vitamin C naturally found within the Amla fruit is stabilized by the presence of tannins, which help Amla to maintain its vitamin content even through processing.
It also contains other nutrients – polyphenols, vitamin C, vitamin A and minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, and vitamin B complex are also present in Amla.
Amla is the Powerhouse of antioxidants say 2 times that of Turmeric, more than 10 times of Blue and Raspberries and more than 60 times to the power of the Pomegranate.
AMLA IN OUR TRADITION:
Amla is an ingredient of many Ayurvedic medicines and tonics, as it removes excessive salivation, nausea, vomiting, giddiness, spermatorrhoea, internal body heat and menstrual disorders. Amla is also cooling, it increases sattwa, and is an excellent liver tonic. The fresh fruit is a diuretic and laxative. Ayurveda recommends drinking the juice during the summer months when the body’s functions become sluggish due to the heat and throughout the winter months to give you immunity.
Swami Sivananda writes in his Home Remedies, “To cure burning eyes and cool the head and brain- make a paste of Amla, apply it to the head, and then take a bath. The application of a small quantity of Amla oil to the head before bathing, removes diseases of the eyes, night blindness, and bilious giddiness. Amla confection is used in syphilis, flatulence, bronchitis, asthma, and constipation. Chyawanprash is made with a base of fresh Amla berries and also includes a number of other herbs. It is particularly supportive of the respiratory tract as it nourishes the mucous membranes and helps to keep the respiratory passages clean and clear, nourishes the reproductive tissues, and aides in the elimination of toxins. In Triphala, Amla is one of the 3 main constituents, which is primarily used to maintain a healthy digestive tract. And a very effective detoxifier.
AMLA THE FIGHTER:
Amla berry fights against many diseases. Amla berry is used either alone or in combination with other plants to treat many ailments such as common cold and fever; as a diuretic, laxative liver tonic, refrigerant, hair tonic stomachic, restorative, alterative, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory to prevent peptic ulcer and dyspepsia, and as a digestive. Preclinical studies have shown that Amla berry possesses antipyretic, analgesic, antitussive, antiatherogenic, adaptogenic, cardioprotective, gastroprotective, antianemia, anti hypercholesterolemia, wound healing, antidiarrheal, antiatherosclerotic, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, and neuroprotective properties.
AMLA THE CARDIOPROTECTOR:
Amla berry does possess cardioprotective and anticoagulant effects. Amla berry supports the healthy function of the heart and circulatory system healthy cholesterol. As a cardiac tonic, it nourishes and strengthens the heart muscle, thereby supporting blood circulation and a healthy supply of oxygen to the system. It aids in detoxifying and cleansing the circulatory channels by preventing the thickening of blood vessels.
AMLA THE LUNGS STRENGTHENER:
Amla is a wonderful tonic for strengthening and nourishing the lungs (which are a major seat of Kapha in the body), and the entire respiratory tract., and governs moisture balance in the lungs.
AMLA THE FERTILITY ENHANCER:
Amla Berry supports the reproductive systems of both men and women and can help overcome the difficulty in conceiving. This herb nurtures the ovaries and sperm. It is especially nurturing for women, strengthening the uterus and supporting reproductive health.
AMLA THE CLEANSER AND DETOXIFIER:
Amla strengthens kidneys and Adrenals.
Amla supports healthy urinary composition assisting in the natural cleansing of the blood. It a very useful antioxidant for the prevention of age-related renal disease.
As a detoxifier- Amla keeps the body as clear as a mirror.
It strengthens and rejuvenates the Liver and gallbladder and helps in the production of bile.
Amla helps in the healthy elimination of natural toxins and promotes healthy digestion and assimilation of fat and healthy metabolism.
Scientific studies have shown Amla to be effective in preventing or ameliorating the toxic effects of hepatotoxic agents like ethanol, paracetamol, carbon tetrachloride, heavy metals, ochratoxins, hexachlorocyclohexane, antitubercular drugs and hepatotoxicity resulting from iron overload. Amla is also reported to impart beneficial effects on liver function and to mitigate hyperlipidemia and metabolic syndrome. Amla possesses protective effects against chemical-induced hepatocarcinogenesis in animal models of study.
AMLA THE DIGESTOR:
Improves appetite and helps in healthy Digestion. Amla cleanses and protects the liver, which plays a critical role in transforming food into physiologically useful nourishment. Amla can be especially supportive of digestion during the summer months when heat tends to accumulate in the body.
Amla helps in treating gastritis and heartburns to prevent peptic ulcer and dyspepsia, and as a digestive.
AMLA THE ANTIDIABETIC:
Amla possesses anti-diabetic effects through its antioxidant and free radical scavenging properties.
Amla has the ability to stimulate microcirculation and promote healthy blood sugar levels.
Amla also has an affinity for the urinary tract and balance excretion urine and balanced blood sugar levels go hand in hand. On a large scale, Amla’s support of the entire digestive process supports the body’s ability to process food in a wholesome and efficient manner.
Amla has also been reported to prevent/reduce hyperglycemia, cardiac complications, diabetic nephropathy, neuropathy, cataractogenesis, and protein wasting
The present data suggest that fruit juice may be beneficial for the treatment of myocardial damage associated with type 1 diabetes mellitus. The activity of E Officinalis fruit juice can be attributed to the concentration of polyphenol present.
AMLA THE REJUVENATOR:
Ayurvedic Amalaki Rasayana promotes improved stress tolerance and thus has anti-aging effects.
Amla rejuvenating the entire system. Specifically, it promotes youthfulness, bolsters immunity, Nourishes, and tonifies all the body’s tissues and promotes overall health and well-being.
Amla Assists natural internal cleansing and it is a natural antioxidant. Amla is a brain tonic, it promotes memory.
Amla supports the body’s natural ability to cleanse and remove toxins and by improving moisture retention and reducing the occurrence of itching and dry skin.
AMLA THE SKIN TONER:
Amla Combats aging which in turn helps to keep your skin smooth and young restore skin to its normal coloration. Applying Amla Powder helps to reduce wrinkles, dark spots on the skin, pigmentation and other signs of premature aging, by its antioxidants and also boost the production of collagen. Amla being a natural blood purifier, It fights the microorganisms present in the skin.
Amla fights acne and pimples and brightens the complexion. The antioxidants and vitamin C in Amla, help to brighten your skin. This fruit also helps to tone and tighten the skin and makes it firm and soft. Amla juice exfoliates and cleanses your skin, by removing the dead cells. You can add Amla juice to your daily diet, to keep your skin clean from within.
AMLA THE HAIR NOURISHER:
Hair problems like the split end, hair loss, and hair odor are also treatable with Amla. Its juice or Amla powder mixed with henna is a very good conditioner for hair, which helps to treat dry and rough hair. Being a rich source of essential fatty acids Amla strengthens the hair and helps to nourish your hair from their roots.
Amla’s anti-aging benefits are not just for the skin, but for the hair too. The amazing antioxidants in the fruit can save your hair from premature greying. Amla helps strengthen hair follicles and increases blood circulation in the scalp, thus stimulating hair growth.
Amla juice or powder is also one of the main ingredients in hair dyes, and it makes hair shinier and thicker.
AMLA THE CHEMO PROTECTOR:
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) present in, teamed up with the antioxidants helps prevent the formation of free radicals, which are the root underlying cause of cancer. Amla is also reported to possess neuromodulatory chemo modulatory, chemopreventive effects, free radical scavenging, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic and immunomodulatory activities, properties that are efficacious in the treatment and prevention of cancer.
AMLA THE CHOLESTEROL SHREDDER:
It is suggested that Amla produced a significant hypolipidemic effect along with a reduction in blood pressure. The addition of Amla to the currently available hypolipidemic therapy would offer significant protection against atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease.
AMLA THE GUM PROTECTOR:
Due to antimicrobial and anti-ulcerative property of Amla, it is used in dentistry for the treatment of Periodontal diseases.
Gargling with Amla juice, fresh or mixing Amla powder in water regularly, offer some respite from nasty mouth ulcers, bleeding gums, yellowish teeth, and foul breath. Recent studies show that the antiplaque and antigingivitis activity of Triphala closely parallels that of chlorhexidine.
AMLA THE LUBRICATOR:
As a good detox Amla helps for comfortable movement of joints and muscles, Amla Rejuvenates and strengthens the skeletal and neuromuscular system, Cleanses natural toxins and lubricate and soothe the joint tissue. Amla helps in reducing arthritis-related pain.
AMLA THE HEALTHY WEIGHT MANAGER:
Amla supports proper metabolism and helps in weight management. It accelerates the body‘s metabolism by burning more calories. In this way, it helps in weight management. Amla increases the protein levels in the body, as a result of which the body burns fat faster and accelerates the process of losing excess weight. So if you are keen on getting back to shape, add Amla to your diet.
AMLA THE IMMUNITY BOOSTER:
There is a good amount of vitamin C in Amla which increases the immunity power in the body. You cannot become ill if you eat it. Amla promotes the elimination of natural toxins and maintains healthy digestion and absorption and nourishes and strengthens the body’s immunity and protects it against seasonal cough, cold and flu. It helps the body and mind adapt to the stress of modern life and promotes increased energy levels.
AMLA THE EYE SHARPENER :
Amla Berry is called Chakshushya, which means “strengthening the eyes” (Chakshu means “eye” and ayushya means Rasayana, so it is literally a “Rasayana for the eyes”). It supports the health of the eyes. Regular consumption of Amla juice helps to fight eye problems like short-sightedness, watering of eyes, eye infection and early onset of cataract. Power in the eyes also gets better with the regular consumption of Amla.
AMLA THE BRAIN CHARGER:
Nourishes the brain and mental functioning. Amla is good for the brain. It sharpens the intellect and mental functioning. It supports the nervous system and strengthens the senses.
So adding this’ HUMBLE BERRY’ with all these superpowers to your food in any form- candy, pickles, juice, murabba, in curries and dals, tea, soup, chutney will definitely take care of your daily health woes.
IN SHORT, AMLA SAYS:
I AM DIVINE BUT HUMBLE, I AM SMALL BUT WILL MAKE YOU STRONG.
I AM WEALTHY WITH STOREHOUSE OF GOOD HEALTH.
I AM AN INEXPENSIVE WONDER FRUIT.
BELIEVE IN ME AND I CAN NURTURE YOU LIKE MOTHER EARTH.
- TakeTriphala or Amla marmalade before bedtime for constipation.
- Using Amla Rasayana also helpful for indigestion and to improve appetite.
- Boil Amlapowder and jaggery and drinking it, will help to relieve rheumatism pain.
- Drinking Fresh Amla juice is nutritious for children and it also helps in curing gum problems, bleeding gums, and bleeding nose.
- Applying Amla paste to the scalp and applying Amla oil will make your hair healthy.
- Mix Amla powder with lemon juice and apply to hair will make it shiny.
Drinking Amla juice with turmeric and honey helps to cure urinary tract infections.
- Take fresh Amla juice and mix it with turnip juice, apply on the head for treating baldness without any side effects.
- Taking Marmalade of Amla with honey will increase hemoglobin and cure for anemia.
HOW TO GET AMLA:
The easiest way to have amla is either raw or if you have a taste for it, you could even keep some dried amla candy with you to munch on whenever hungry. This will tackle the junk factor in your life without compromising on taste!
Amla powder offers a full experience of tasting the herb and also provides the most economical option for purchasing Amla. Like Triphala, Amla powder can be taken as a hot or cold infusion in water, at night or upon rising. It can be taken with milk or ghee or another carrier like honey.