Phyllanthus Emblica History:
Amla, or phyllanthus emblica, is an edible fruit grown on a tree also referred to as Amla. There are many other names for the fruit including emblic myrobalan and Indian gooseberry. This fruit has been highly esteemed for its restorative properties throughout history.
Amla has many uses, from shampoos and hair oils to the production of ink and dyes. It was even used to reduce the greatness in one's hair.
Phyllanthus Emblica Uses
For centuries, Amla was revered for its medicinal purposes, and used to treat a variety of disorders such as cough diabetes, anemia, jaundice, gastrointestinal upset, cardiac disease, fevers, and skin maladies. In Ayurveda, it is considered a cooling fruit, thought to remove excess heat and inflammation from the body. It was traditionally mixed with other fruits to create a tonic called, Chyavanprash. This was used to ward off illness during winter months and support healthy brain function. The fruit has one of the highest levels of Vitamin C known. It is also quite high in antioxidants, known to scavenge free radicals and neutralize them.
Research indicates that Amla may also have anti-cancer qualities by helping to reduce cancer growth. The fruit may also help regulate blood sugar, help to reduce cholesterol, and support healthy digestion.
Phyllanthus Emblica Benefits:
The fruit itself offers a sour, bitter, and even astringent flavor. It is usually mixed with other foods when eaten. Amla powder is made by dividing the fruit and then drying. Once dried, the pieces are ground into a fine powder and can be used in a variety of ways. Using Amla powder is a convenient way to include the fruit in your regular diet, especially when access to the fresh fruit is difficult. Amla pairs very well with fruit smoothies and can be stirred into soups, stews, and lentils to add a bit of brightness with a sour note.