Collection: Amla Powder
Amla, otherwise known as Indian gooseberry (Emblica officinalis), is a deciduous tree found in wild open forests in India and the Middle East. The small gooseberries are dried and ground into a fine powder and have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.
Amla is considered one of the world's superfoods and has many health benefits. It supports the immune system. It is essential for collagen formation in the skin. It is rich in calcium and assists in calcium absorption, thus strengthening bones. It is high in vitamin C and rich in antioxidants like gallic acid, ascorbic acid, and phenolic compounds which are good for the eyes, improving visual clarity and cataract prevention. It possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling throughout the body, including arthritic joints. It stimulates acid production to move food through the system and relieve digestion problems.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds in Amla protect the brain from oxidation stress, improving memory and brain function, increasing levels of neurotransmitters like acetylcholine, dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine.
Ayurvedic medicine identifies six tastes (Rasa) by which all foods can be categorized: Madhura (Sweet), Amla (Sour), Lavana (Salty), Tikta (Bitter), Katu (Pungent), and Kashaya (Astringent). In order for our bodies to feel satisfied from a meal, we need to eat according to our dosha's needs. If our doshas are not balanced, we will eat unhealthy amounts until we find that snack that balances our doshas. Amla possesses all of the tastes needed to satisfy doshas with the exception of salt.
Amla is a great way to balance all three doshas. Vata dosha is balanced from the sour nature of Amla. Pitta dosha is balanced due to the sweet and cooling properties of Amla. Kapha dosha is balanced due to the Amla's dry and astringent properties.
Amla can be added to foods and beverages, applied topically to the skin as a mask, or blended into a hair and scalp treatment.
We crafted special Amla blends with specific benefits in mind. Whether it is for beauty, health or energy, we are sure that you will find a blend that fits your needs.
Our Amla Powder is brought to us by a cooperative group of female Nepalese tea farmers that we like to call Tea Women of Nepal. All of the tea and botanicals they produce are organic. Ultimately, cooperative groups like this lead to long-term sustainable farming which provides livable wages for 20,000 farmers engaged in tea cultivation.
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