10 Incredible Benefits of Amla Oil

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There are quite a few important health benefits of amla oil, such as its possible ability to improve the strength of the hair, prevent hair loss, eliminate dandruff, reduce oxidative stress, protect against chronic disease, moisturize the skin, bolster the immune system, boost vision, control cholesterol levels, aid cognition and lower blood pressure. There are very limited side effects associated with this oil, such as potential skin inflammation and risks associated with low-quality oil (those mixed with mineral oils), but generally, this oil is considered one of the safest natural substances for health.

What is Amla (Indian Gooseberry) Oil?

Amla oil is derived from the amla tree, popularly called Indian gooseberry, which bears the scientific name Phyllanthus emblica. This tree is cultivated throughout the Indian subcontinent, but its derivative products, such as fruit and oil, have begun to spread throughout the world. The oil is made by soaking the fruit of this tree in another oil, such as coconut oil, for a few days, which allows the fruit’s natural oils to seep out before purification. This plant is widely respected and used in Ayurvedic medicines due to its high content of vitamin C, polyphenolic compounds and tannins, which deliver a wide range of health benefits not only for the hair and skin but also for the rest of the body. It is widely considered a cure-all remedy, as it seems to have a positive effect on countless different medical conditions.  [1]

Benefits and Uses of Amla Oil

People who regularly use amla oil suffer from dandruff, dry skin, hair loss, dehydration, a poor immune system, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, oxidative stress, premature aging, wrinkles, age spots, blemishes, scars, flu, cough, cold, congestion and inflammation.

May Aid in Hair Care

Perhaps the most popular use of amla oil is on the hair, as it can moisturize and strengthen your locks, while also preventing infections on the scalp, and adding to the shine of your hair when regularly applied as a hair mask, scalp massage or conditioner/shampoo.

Might Eliminate Dandruff

The potentially moisturizing and anti-inflammatory quality of this oil is excellent for the scalp, as it prevents dry skin and soothes any irritation that may be causing skin flaking and dandruff. This is also why amla oil is so important for other areas of skin, as it can lock in moisture, protecting you against topical infections and inflammation. [2]

May Have Antioxidant Capacity

The high levels of vitamin C, flavonoids and other antioxidants in amla oil make it a very powerful ally against oxidative stress and the negative effects of free radicals in the body. Free radicals can stimulate cell mutation and increase the risk of various diseases, so when consumed internally (in small doses), this oil may shield you from many chronic diseases. [3]

2 bottles of amla oil with fresh amla and leaves on a mat

Amla oil is a natural oil used for hair health that contains extracts from the Indian gooseberry. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

May Improve Heart Health

This oil has proven benefits for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The potassium and other anti-inflammatory compounds in amla oil can help relieve tension in the cardiovascular system, while the healthy fatty acids can lower overall cholesterol levels, helping to protect against atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. [4]

May Prevent Hair Loss

If you are experiencing premature hair loss or hair breakage, your hair might be lacking the moisture it needs, or you may have an infection on your scalp. Whatever the reason, you need to boost the strength of your hair follicles and stimulate growth, which amla oil is known to do.  [5]

Might Strengthen Immune System

The possibly antibacterial potential of amla oil makes it ideal for soothing bacterial infections in the gut, cutting through colds, flu, and congestion, and generally acting as a tonic for your entire immune system.  [6]

May Stop Premature Aging

There are some unavoidable signs of aging, possibly including the early onset of chronic disease, wrinkles, age spots, blemishes, varicose veins and many more. Fortunately, the regular application of this antioxidant-rich oil can minimize the appearance of these age-related symptoms by stimulating growth and eliminating toxins.  [7]

May Aid in Skin Care

Giving your skin a healthy glow and preventing common infections and conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea and even acne are all possible with the use of amla oil. However, for skin conditions, it is important to use pure amla oil or make your own at home, as some mixtures contain mineral oils, which can clog pores and exacerbate certain conditions. [8]

May Reduce Inflammation

From localized inflammation on joints or muscle aches to full-body inflammation, gut health, and the respiratory tracts, the fatty acids in amla oil can soothe the body and its tissues, lubricate the joints, and help to ease the pain. [9]

How Does Amla (Indian Gooseberry) Oil Help Hair?

Amla oil is an excellent remedy for the hair because it can eliminate dandruff, boost hair strength, protect against infection, act as a conditioner and improve the appearance of your hair. With a rich supply of healthy fatty acids, in addition to flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins and other active compounds, amla oil can quickly remedy any issues you may be having with your hair. [10]

The emollient, moisturizing properties of this oil help lock moisture into the hair to improve its appearance, while also protecting the scalp against the dry skin (which leads to dandruff). By adding a few drops of amla oil into your shampoo, or buying a natural conditioner that contains amla oil, you can add extra luster to your locks and protect your follicles from oxidative stress. This can eliminate premature hair loss and protect against possible infections, thanks to the immune-boosting properties of this legendary oil. 

How Can I Make Amla Oil at Home?

Many people choose to make their own amla oil since it only requires amla fruit (or powder) and extra virgin coconut oil. There are a number of recipes for making your own amla oil at home, including the use of amla powder, differing amounts of oil, as well as dried or fresh fruit. However, for a simple, pure and highly potent oil blend, follow the instructions below.

2 bottles of amla oil with fresh amla and leaves on a mat

DIY Amla Oil Recipe

Made with fresh amla and coconut oil, amla oil is extremely beneficial for our hair. This easy to make oil should be used regularly for black, lustrous hair. 
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Course: DIY Oil
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: amla oil
Appliance: Airtight Container
Servings: 1 Bottle
Author: Paromita Datta


  • 1 cup fresh amla grated
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil extra virgin


  • Squeeze out the juice from the grated amla fruit (sieve).
  • Add the coconut oil to the pure amla juice.
  • Mix these two ingredients thoroughly until they are evenly blended.
  • Heat this mixture slightly to melt any remaining coconut oil.
  • Allow to cool and then apply this oil to the hair, scalp or skin.
    Shot of gooseberries with a bottle of oil at the back


You can also consume amla oil directly, but this should be done in limited quantities, as allergic reactions and stomach distress can occur.
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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