Indian Gooseberry

The Scientific name of Indian gooseberry: Phyllanthus emblica

Name of Indian gooseberry in different languages:

English: Emblic myrobalan, myrobalan, Amla

Sanskrit: Amalika, Amla, Amlaki

Hindi: Amla

Malayalam: Nelli നെല്ലി

Plant description:

Indian gooseberry(Phyllanthus emblica ) is a deciduous tropical tree, monoecious, and grows to the height up to 18 meters tall, The leaves are small, green, and oppositely arranged, and flowers are greenish-yellow flowering is March to May, fruits are fleshy, pale green, globose and single-seeded, a drupe, globose, 1 to 1.3 cm in diameter.

Useful plant parts: Seed, fruit, leaves, bark, roots and flowers

Medicinal uses:

It is an effective natural remedy for curing many diseases. It can cure Rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation, some types of cancer, age-related renal disease, eye disorder, diabetes, indigestion, heartburn, balance Vata, pita, and Kapha. It is one of Triphala groups.

Chemical content: Ascorbic acid, flavonoids, kaempferol, ellagic acid

How to prepare medicines:

1. Acidity-Indian gooseberry-Amla can be taken with warm milk,  vegetables, or pulses and is helpful to cure acidity.

2. Herbal treatment for Dandruff and hair loss: India gooseberry cut into pieces remove the seed, and grind well to make a paste form Extract its juice and add three teaspoons of lemon juice, shake well, and apply on the scalp and wait for 30 minutes and the wash off in the water.

Nellikka Arishtam

The fermented decoction of Indian gooseberry is called Nellikka Arishtam which is used as a tonic to enhance energy.

Ingredients of Nellikka Arishtam

Indian Gooseberry – Amla/Nellikka: 2 kg
Jaggery – Sharkkara: 2 kg
Raisin – Unakkamunthiry 100g
Black pepper – Kurumulak: 1 teaspoon
Cloves – Grampoo: 4 numbers
Cardamom – Elakkai: 4 Numbers
Cinnamon – Karuvappatta: small piece
Water: 6 cups

How to Prepare Nellikka Arishtam

Take the above-mentioned spices ( pepper, cloves, cardamom,  and cinnamon) crush well, and then crush the jaggery and keep aside, take the gooseberries and keep it clean and dry, then make a mixture of crushed jaggeries, dry grapes, and crushed spices. Take a clean vessel (A soil pot is better) and put some gooseberry into it, and take a little of the mixture and put it over the gooseberry to make a layer and again put some gooseberry over the mixture layer,  repeat this till the ingredients are complete, then pour water over it and keep the vessel airtight, keep the vessel for one day and open the lid and stir well, again keep the lid air tight, continue this process for two days. Then we can keep the container in a dark room for three months. After three months take out the vessel and filter the decoction, it will be black in color and a little alcoholic.

Indian gooseberry is used as an ingredient in Ayurveda medicines like:-

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Amalaki Tablet Diarid Tablets Nasika Choornam
Amrutadi Tailam Duralabharishtam Navayasa Choornam
Aravindasavam Haematab Tablets Neelibhringadi thailam
Ashwagandha Tailam Himasagara Tailam Nellikka  Arishtam
Asthiposhak Tablet Keshamrith Tailam Panchgun Tail
Baladhatryadi Thailam  Kunjunniyadi Tailam Prameha Mihira Taila
Bhringamalakadi Taila Maharajaprasarini Thailam Punarvasavam
Brahmi Thailam Manjishtadi Thailam Triphaladi Choornam
Calciplus Tablets Medhavi Taila Triphaladi Thailam
Cardostab Tablets Mrita Sanjivani Gulika Yashtimadhu Oil
Chavyanaprasam Nalpamaradi Thaialam

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