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How to make Amla Oil at Home

 

Amla hair oil has been an integral part of hair care rituals in the Indian culture. It has played a key role in nurturing and fulfilling dreams of thick and beautiful hair which every women takes pride in. This wonderful hair oil acts as a natural conditioner, minimizes hair loss and greying, and encourages strong and healthy hair growth.

Why Make Amla Hair Oil At Home? Simply because you know what goes into it. Market bought amla oil can contain many undesirable ingredients such as mineral oil, refined oil, artificial colour, and preservatives, which do more harm than good. Whereas when you make amla oil yourself, you can be assured of its purity.

How To Make Amla Hair Oil At Home

I am going to show you 4 different methods to make amla oil. You can try out all the four and decide which one you like (your hair likes) the most, or you can simply pick one that you think is doable. Whatever method you choose, make the process enjoyable as you also transfer your pranic energy (vital energy) during the process.

1. Freshly Made Amla Oil

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This is the most effective of all the methods. I promise you that your hair will look shiner and healthier after applying this oil. You got to try this at least once.

It’s very simple and easy to make fresh amla oil.

You will need:

  • 1 fresh amla
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil* (use extra virgin coconut oil)

First step is to grate/blend the amla and extract its juice (discard the pits). I use a grater and then simply squeeze out the juice with a sieve or hand.

Next, combine coconut oil with amla juice and beat the mixture with a fork or spoon so that it combines well. And your fresh amla oil is ready.

Slightly warm the mixture (by placing in hot water) till coconut oil melts completely. Massage on your scalp and hair and leave it on for 1-2 hours, then wash off.

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Grate the amla and discard the pit. If you like you can use a blender.

 

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Squeeze out the amla juice. Add coconut oil to it and whip it together for 4 to 5 minutes.

 

Amla hair oil for hair growth and greying

Place the whipped oil in hot water until it goes liquid. Your freshly made amla oil is ready.

Tip: If you don’t get fresh amla, you can use frozen ones, they work equally well. You can buy fresh or frozen amla from Indian store and when in season (October to March) freeze them for later use. And if you don’t find fresh or frozen amla, you can buy amla juice.

*You can use olive oil, sesame oil or mustard oil instead to coconut oil.

2. Amla Oil Made with Dried Amla

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In this method you heat the amla and coconut oil together on a low flame so as to extract the vitamins and phytonutrients from the amla. I prefer to use dried whole amla for this, as it easier to handle compared to the powdered amla, which can get burnt on direct heat.

You will need:

To make:

Combine amla and coconut oil in a stainless-steel pan. Place the pan on the lowest heat setting and keep stirring occasionally. After 8-10 minutes it will start emitting a nice aroma. You will also see bubbles around the amla, cook for couple of more minutes, then turn off the heat, cover the pan and allow to steep for 24 hours. Next strain and pour the oil in a glass jar. It’s ready to use.

Note: If coconut oil solidifies, lightly heat again then strain into a glass jar. I prefer to use glass jars for herbal oils as glass doesn’t react with the herbs and keeps the oil fresh.

Double boiler Method

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You can also use the double boiler method to make amla oil. For this method you can use either amla powder or amla whole. Amla powder will give a dark coloured oil, whereas whole dried amla will only slightly change the colour of your oil.

Mix the amla and coconut oil together in a stainless steel bowl (I use 5 tablespoon of amla powder and 1 cup coconut oil). Once the water in the bottom pan is boiling, turn the heat to a low simmer and place the bowl with amla and oil mixture on top. Continue to infuse the oil for about 1 1/2 hours. (You may need to add more water in the bottom pan, check it half way through.)

Allow the oil to cool enough to be handled and then strain into a glass jar. You can store this oil in a cool, dark place for up to a year.

Homemade Amla oil

Homemade Amla Oil

3. Sun Infused Amla Oil

This is the simplest way to extract amla properties, but it takes about 4-5 weeks to be ready.

You will need:

To make:

Combine amla powder and oil in a glass jar or glass bottle. Place the jar in sunny location and steep for 4 to 5 weeks. The sunlight will encourage amla to release its vitamins and nutrients into the oil.

Gently shake or turn the jar 2 or 3 times a week.

Once the oil is done infusing, you can either strain the amla powder/pieces or leave it in the oil. (I would leave it in)

Store in a cool, dark place.

4. Traditional Method of Making Amla Oil

This is a traditional ayurvedic approach to making amla oil. It’s slightly tricky and time-consuming and takes about 2 to 3 hours to prepare.

You will need:

To make:

Combine 100 gram amla powder with 1 liter water in a pan. Bring to boil, reduce the flame, and simmer until approximately half of the liquid has evaporated. Then strain this amla concentrate.

Next, take a thick bottom stainless-steel pan, place the coconut oil, remaining amla powder (20gram), and the amla concentrate that you made (approx. 500ml). Bring to boil, then reduce the flame and let this mixture simmer very slowly until all the water has evaporate.

When it’s done the oil will appear yellow and transparent and you will be able to see the dark bottom, which is caused due to amla ash.

Once done, strain immediately and store in a glass jar or bottle away from direct sunlight.

Adding Other herbs

Along with amla you can also add various hair beneficial herbs such as brahmi for strengthening, bhringraj for greying, methi (fenugreek) and hibiscus for conditioning, rosemary and sage for hair loss, lavender and chamomile for scalp conditions, and calendula for shine.

Note: When adding any herb, keep the oil to herb ratio roughly the same. So you will have to reduce the quantity of amla powder and add herbs of your choice or increase the oil content.

Which Oils You Can Use

Coconut oil and sesame oil have been traditionally used in the preparation of amla oil and both are equally beneficial. Coconut oil is cooling by nature and is more beneficial if you have premature greying or suffering from hair loss.

While sesame oil is by nature heating and should be used if you have tendency to catch cold easily or if you are suffering from sinus. Sesame oil is also beneficial for those with dry hair.

You can also use other hair nourishing oils such as olive, sunflower, avocado oil if you like.

Start With A Small Batch

It’s always better to begin with small amounts, if something goes wrong you will waste less (I don’t feel good about wasting stuff). Once you have made couple of times, then increase the quantity.

How To Apply Amla Oil To Your Hair

Take 1 to 2 tablespoon of amla oil in a bowl. If you wish you can warm the oil by placing the bowl in hot water for couple of minutes, but it’s not necessary.

Apply to your scalp and massage gently using your finger pads. Run fingers through hair to saturate the strands. How long you should leave on will depend on how much time you have, but I would suggest at least one hour, and if possible leave it overnight. Make this practice a form of meditation. Just focus on the nourishing process and imagine your hair getting healthier, stronger and shiner. Then shampoo as usual. You shouldn’t need a conditioner (try skipping it once to see if it works or not).

You hair will feel healthy and soft, with added shine and volume.

I hope you enjoy making this nourishing oil.

Have you made amla oil at home? How did it turn out? Share below!

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  • Himanshu Verma

    Can Parachut coconut oil be used. I mean is it natural — or like other market oils?

  • Claudia

    I love your shampoo mix with amla in but we have a white metal bath which has non slip white dots and it turns them brown. The stain then stays on until I use bleech very quickly but having read that this will remove the enamel I have had to stop using.
    I have found it very hard to replace amla because it makes it easy for me to comb my hair, makes it nice and shiney, bouncy and curly. Marshmellow root is the next best but I dont like the smell and its very flat due to hair loss from medication.
    I have found I can use amla as a hair pack when I have a bath and it seems Ok I am wondering if oil will colour our non slip pads ?
    Also I have long hair which is thined in the length but thick at about a years growth is the only method to get it onto the roots puting on alot ? I have tried a bowl of water with a small amount of oil and putting my head in before I dont seem to get oily patches but I am not sure it gets to the roots. I really dont spend enough time to leave it on then wash it again and its winter bbbrrrrrrr.
    There must be a way I can still use amla everyday :o(

    • Yes its difficult to find amla substitute.
      Amla oil shouldn’t stain.
      Tip: you can also spray white vinegar to avoid staining.

      • Claudia

        Good tip thank you I will give that a go. Amla does not stain the whole bath just the non slip dots

  • Hi, use amla oil once or twice a week.
    Do a weekly castor oil and egg mask.

  • Dharmendra Gautam

    hi mam , my hair is become very thin ,breaking just above the root and not growing again. right now i m using Freshly Made Amla Oil in night since 15 days please help me to regrow my hair.

  • Adrian Chadrik

    I imagine you could use a pressure cooker to speed up the process, while using just a small amount of water as a substitute, when using the traditional method.

    • Pressure cooker will not help in anyway, don’t use. You can use slow cooker.

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  • Ann

    I made amla oil with 1st method. It turned out great. Thank you 🙂

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  • Bea

    How about henna? Is it beneficial in an oil infusion?

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  • khadija

    Can i use mustard oil instead of coconut oil?

    • What is the purpose of making amla oil – hair loss, growth or conditioning?

  • Cynthia

    Could I make this in a crockpot?

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  • kunavathi

    Hello sir,I had hair loss problem so I used …. Hair oil later. It changes. To brown colour. Now I have. Over hair loss.pls suggest me solution for dense hair and changing hair from brown to black.

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  • Naz

    Can I subsititute the coconut oil with something else because I like using cocount oil by itself and I don’t want to waste in case something goes wrong (and it is expensive to buy). Can I use rice water instead?

    • Minaz Aslam

      Naz, You can add amla powder to rice water for a hair rinse. If you want to make amla oil, you can substitute coconut oil for almond, olive, or sesame oil. Also, make things in very small quantities to see how your hair react to them.
      Do share your experience with us.

  • Bebo

    Hi Minaz, can I make it with fresh raw amla??

    • Minaz Aslam

      Hi Bebo, yes you can use fresh amla for method 2 (heat infusion) & 3 (traditional way). But make sure there is no moisture left, unless using fresh.

      For sun infusion you will need dried amla powder or pieces, as fresh amla will go bad in few days.

      You can also dry amla at home: Cut fresh amla into small pieces and let them dry under the sun for 3 to 4 days or until dry and crisp. Use this to make the Amla oil.

      Best wishes.

      • Bebo

        But what if I take out fresh amla juice and then boil it with coconut oil and store it.???? Will it be harmful?
        Thanks in adv :)))

        • Minaz Aslam

          Bebo, yes you can make amla oil using fresh amla juice, just make sure you cook up all the juice and no moisture remains.
          Let us know how it works.

          • Bebo

            Yes Minaaz, I’ll surely be sending you the feedback!! :))))
            Thanks btw :)))

            • khadija

              Can i make amla oil by using mustard oil instead? Is it beneficial?

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