Taste (Rasa): Sour
Energetics (Virya): Cooling
Doshic Effects: Balancing for all three doshas
Benefits & Use: Nutritive to all bodily tissues, amla (Indian gooseberry) is both rejuvenating and nourishing. It is soothing for the the digestive system reducing hyperacidity as well as acid reflux, ulcers and liver diseases. High in Vitamin-C, it regulates free radicals, promotes healthy hair, strengthens eyes, and acts an as antioxidant. As one of the key ingredients in Triphala, amla also nourishes the nervous system, regulates elimination, strengthens immunity, and enhance food absorption.
Additional Uses: Menstrual cramps; oral health; acne; hyperpigmentation; scalp cleanser
In the Kitchen: In addition to Amla juice (recipe below), Amla chutney is a flavorful way to get the health benefits of amla. The chutney can add a spicy kick to steamed vegetables and rice and is available at most Indian stores. Note: avoid brands with excessive sugar, salt, preservatives or flavor enhancers.
Recipe: Amla-Ginger juice
- 1 cup fresh Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
- 1 inch piece fresh ginger
- 2 tb honey or alternative sweetener
- ½ tsp sea salt
- pinch of cardamom powder (optional)
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender adding a ½ cup water to get smooth consistency. Once the ingredients are blended together, add some more water to thin out the puree.
- Strain the smoothie using a fine mesh strainer into a jug and discard the remaining pulp.
- Adjust the salt and honey to suit your taste.