Also known as Emblic, Myrobalan, Malacca tree or Indian Gooseberry, Amla (from the Sanskrit Amalaki) is the fruit of a deciduous tree of the same name, native to India and most tropical regions.

Amla: Latin name: (Genus) Phyllanthus; (Species) P. emblica.

As well as being known for its culinary uses (particularly in South India, where it is both eaten raw and cooked, or pickled in salt, oil and spices) Amla Fruit is believed to posses many medicinal properties.

In Ayurvedic medicine, for example, Amla Fruit has been used to treat a broad range of ailments, including bed-wetting, eye strain, headaches and migraine.

Also dyspepsia, acid reflux and other gastrointestinal problems.

This somewhat bitter and fibrous fruit has also been used to help lower cholesterol, as well as to purify the blood and as a general tonic.

Other conditions which have been treated with Amla Fruit include coughs, colds, diabetes and blood sugar problems, as well as gout and jaundice.

Amla Fruit can also be applied externally to help in the treatment of hair loss, various skin conditions and for hair lice.

For further information on the properties and use of Amla Fruit we suggest you consult a qualified nutritionist or medical practitioner