Indian gooseberry is a precious gift, given to man by God. It promotes health and longevity. The common name for the fruit in India is “Amla”. Its botanical name is Emblica officinalis. Other names are Emblic myrobalan, Amalaki.
The tree of this deciduous herb is usually small or middle-sized. Its leaves are small and about 10-13mm long. The barks are gray in color, the flowers are pale green and generally appear in small dense clusters below the leaves. The fruit is pale green or yellowish in color, round (about 1.5-2.5cm in diameter), fleshy, and has contour indistinctly marked in 6 lobes. It also has a seed, which has three angles and sides. The branches of the Indian Gooseberry plants are feathery and smell like lemon. The leaves of the plant blossom and start to appear in the spring. The fruit ripens at the start of the autumn season.
Indians worship and revere the Indian gooseberry tree as a holy tree. Given the nutritional and health benefits of the fruit, the Indian population believe it nurtures humanity. In addition, both the leaves and the fruit are used for worship in India. Further, in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, this tree is worshipped in the month of Kartik as chaste and propitious.
Nutritional Facts of Indian Gooseberry
Every part of the Indian gooseberry tree provides some nutritional value.
- Fruit: This is the most notable nutritional part of the tree. 100 grams of the edible part of an Indian gooseberry fruit has 8% moisture, 0.1% fat, 0.5% protein, 0.5% minerals, 13.7% carbohydrates and 3.4% fiber. It also has vitamins and minerals: vitamin C, iron, calcium, phosphorous, thiamine, carotene, niacin, as well as riboflavin.
- Seeds: The seeds have phosphatides and essential oils which have varied uses.
- Barks and leaves: The leaves of the plant and the barks of its fruit are rich sources of tannins.
Medicinal Properties of Indian Gooseberry
Given the health benefits of Amla, we recommend the following DIY hacks to get the medical benefits of the Indian gooseberry fruit:
1. For controlling diabetes
First, Amla provides relief for diabetics. Steady consumption for at least two months stimulates the pancreas to secrete insulin (which is the culprit in most cases of diabetes) and as a result, reduces blood sugar levels. That is to say, Amla begins to correct the root cause of diabetes. Hence, Amla is an effective remedy for the control of diabetes.
Step 1: Mix a tablespoon juice of Indian gooseberry in a cup of fresh juice of bitter gourd. Take mixture for two months. Additionally, we recommend combining this hack with a healthy diet to get the immense health benefits of the fruit. In order to help cut the complications that result from diabetes, combine this therapy with the right diet.
Step 2: Mix a tablespoon juice of the herb and equal portions of bitter gourd and jambul fruit and consume once or twice a day. Prolonged consumption could help control blood sugar levels.
2. For managing heart conditions
The vitamins present in Amla, which include, chromium, and iron help to clean up plaque in blood vessels. They also promote the formation of new blood cells as well as the oxygenation of internal organs.
3. For treating scurvy
Notably, one property of the Indian gooseberry fruit is its high vitamin C content. Vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy. 100ml of Amla juice has about 625 – 930mg of vitamin C. With this in mind, we see that Amla is an awesome, natural remedy for scurvy. To treat, mix equal amounts of dry powder of the herb and sugar. Take one tablespoon with a glass of milk 3 times a day.
Additional fact: Two tablespoonfuls of Amla juice are enough to get a healthy dosage of vitamin C and a healthy life style. Consequently, we recommend that 10-20ml of Amla juice be taken twice daily for patients suffering health conditions like cancers, diabetes, blood pressure, chemotherapy, stress, anxiety and depression.
4. For Treating Rheumatism
Mix one tablespoon of dry powder of Amla with two tablespoons of jaggery. Take twice daily for a month to get desired results.
5. For improving eyesight
Amla has vitamin A, which fortifies eyesight. To improve eyesight, extract juice from fresh the fruit, mix juice with honey and drink twice a day for better effect. This hack provides remedies for conjunctivitis, as well as glaucoma. In addition, it relieves intraocular tension and other retinal disorders.
6. For improving hair health
Amla provides nourishment to the hair. It promotes the growth of healthy hair and corrects pigmentation
Step 1: To remedy pigmentation and promote hair growth, cut one Amla fruit into two pieces and dry under a shade. Boil the dried pieces in coconut oil until the solid becomes charred. The resultant oil is excellent for correcting and preventing gray hair.
Step 2: Similar to step 1, soak a few pieces of dried Amla in water and leave overnight. After washing the hair, rinse with the resultant water to provide ideal nourishment for the hair.
7. For treating dysentery and diarrhea
Step 1: Mix roughly equal amounts of water, Amla juice, lime juice and misri (sugar candy). Although not tasty, this mix helps to control acute bacillary dysentery.
Step 2: In similar fashion as above, mix one tablespoon paste made from Indian gooseberry leaves with honey or buttermilk (as per your choice). Take this for the relief from these conditions.
8. Finally, for an ever-youthful appearance
Amla also possesses revitalizing qualities. The vitamins and minerals present in Amla such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, vitamin B complex, and antioxidants, are effective for the prevention of aging. These work together to significantly neutralise radicals in the body and keep it in good health. As a result, Amla is a powerful antioxidant agent.
To summarize, the health benefits of Indian gooseberry are too good to pass. Start using it to maintain your health and you will be amazed at the transformation.