Make Amla Oil at Home

Edited by Donna, Eng, VC

Amla oil is made from a powder made from Amla fruit (emblina officinals). The English name for Amla is Indian Gooseberry. It is a round green berry, about the size of a marble or slightly smaller.

The Indian Gooseberry phyllanthus emblica

Amla oil is used to condition and straighten coarse, curly and even kinky hair with just a quick blow dry and a brush. Massaged into the scalp it can encourage hair growth. It can also immediately condition frizzy hair or split ends because of it's ability to sleek and seal hair shaft cells. This smoothing effect also makes hair very shiny as each cell on each hair shaft enables your entire head of hair better able to reflect light.

Why Make Your Own Amla Oil?

There are all kinds of commercial Amla oils on the market, most of them are manufactured in India, where the delicious and nutritious berry is cultivated for cosmetic and gourmet culinary purposes. However many of these oils are expensive and contain additives such as paraben, chemical fragrance and artificial green, red and yellow dyes. Many commercial versions of Amla oil also use canola oil as a base rather than coconut oil which is the oil used in the original Ayurvedic recipe for homemade Amla oil.

The Benefits of Amla Oil

Homemade amla oil is great for the hair because both coconut oil and amla oil contain long-chain essential fatty acids, which help purify and nourish the scalp, as well strengthen the hair shaft. Amla fruit is rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants and mineral that can help the scalp sustain healthy hair growth.

Coconut oil is healthiest for hair.

How To Make Amla Oil At Home

Organic Amla Powder

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup amla powder "to use in the water-based reduction"
  • 1/4 cup amla powder to use in the oil-based reduction
  • 2 cups pure coconut oil in liquid not solid form
  • 8 cups spring water
  1. 1
    Make an Amla Reduction
    In this step, your goal is to boil down 8 cups of liquid down to two cups of amla reduction. Combine the 8 cups of water ½ cup amla powder in a steel pot and bring it to a boil. Turn your stove down to reduce the mixture to a simmer until it is about two cups. Turn the heat off and set the mixture aside.
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    Strain Out Impurities
    Your goal is to eliminate any lumps or grit in the amla oil. When the reduction is cool strain it through a very fine sieve into a wide-mouthed glass vessel or jar. A large measuring cup works well to catch the strained liquid.
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    Clarify the Amla Oil
    The point of this step is to eliminate all water from the mixture so all that you are left with is the oil. In another pot add the remaining ¼ cup amla oil, the coconut oil and the reduced liquid. Bring this new mixture to a rolling boil and then reduce. Be sure to keep constantly stirring this mixture so it does not burn and leave grit on the bottom of your pan. You will know all the water is eliminated from the mixture when water miniscule bubbles no longer rise to the top of the oil.
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    Strain One More Time and Bottle the Amla Oil
    Strain the hot oil through a fine sieve or cheesecloth into a bottle or jar that can be capped when you are done. Be sure to strain the oil while it is still hot or it might solidify.
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How to Use Amla Oil On Your Hair

You only need about a tablespoon of oil pooled in the palm of your hand to keep shoulder length hair in shape. If you have longer hair, use up to two tablespoons.

  • Amla oil can be used on your hair in the following ways -
  • As a leave in conditioner that is applied to wet hair before you let it dry naturally into loose curls; apply about a tablespoon to your palms and add more if needed
  • As a straightening oil that is applied to wet hair that is being styled with a blow dryer and a paddle brush; apply about a tablespoon of oil to your palms and massage it into scalp and locks
  • As a conditioner that is left on overnight on wet hair that is wrapped in a towel to nourish and moisturize damaged or brittle hair and to increase shine; rinse hair well with cool water in the morning
  • As a treatment for split ends or frizz by massaging just a couple o drops of the oil into the ends of your hair
  • As a massage oil for the scalp to prevent and reverse graying hair

A healthy human hair magnified 200 times. Amla oil helps seal the hair's cuticle.

Tips and Tricks

  • Amla powder can be purchased at most natural health grocery stores such as *Healthy Planet and Whole Foods
  • Make sure you use a stainless steel pot rather than a Teflon pot or an aluminum one because you do not want impurities from these coatings to end up in your oil and you do not want to be rubbing grit from a pot into your scalp or hair
  • If it's easier you can pour the oil directly from the jar or bottle onto your scalp but it is a bit neater and less wasteful to pool the desired amount in your palm and then run it through your hair
  • If you are using a deep oil treatment that you intend to leave on overnight make sure that you massage the oil into the scalp so that your hair follicles are nourished as well
  • Any cooling effect that you might feel on your scalp while using the oil is normal
  • Try to use the coldest water you can stand as you rinse the amla water out as that helps seal the oil in hair cuticles making your hair look smooth and shiny
  • As the amla oil has a coconut oil base it is perfectly normal for it to solidify in colder temperatures - to return it to a solid simply warm the jar under hot water for a few seconds or use the amla oil in it's emulsion state.

Use a fine sieve or cheesecloth to filter impurities from your homemade Amla oil.

It is also a good idea for beginners to start off making a smaller batch of oil at first, using the directions in the above very simple recipe before doubling or tripling up the batch. This is because it will be much easier for you to practice quality control if you work with smaller amounts of amla powder, coconut oil and water.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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