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Amalaki
4oz Organic herbal powder; Item #76Emblica officinalis
Ayurveda's most popular herb detoxifies while it rejuvenates! Especially useful for inflammation of the GI tract.

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Ayurveda Lifestyle Amalaki
The fruit of the Amalaki tree (Emblica officinalis) is an amazingly useful Ayurvedic herb. It is traditionally used to improve digestion and elimination, while nourishing and strengthening the body.

Amalaki is one of the three ingredients in the most widely used Ayurvedic formula - Triphala. Considered a general panacea for almost all imbalances, Triphala is excellent for detoxifying and rejuvenating the body. Amalaki is generally taken in place of Triphala by those with excess heat in the digestive tract. This may be indicated by gastritis, colitis, ulcers, heartburn or acid reflux. Working to expel excess heat from the body, Amalaki acts as a natural anti inflammatory that soothes and protects the tissues of the digestive tract. It gently detoxifies the body by purifying the blood and supporting healthy, regular elimination.

Amalaki is also a potent rejuvenative for the entire body. It is said to stimulate the production of red blood cells, enhance cellular regeneration, increase lean body mass and support proper function of the liver, spleen, heart and lungs. It has also been used to improve eyesight, strengthen the bones and teeth, and cause hair and nails to grow. It improves the digestive fire, maintains a healthy blood sugar level and is a rich natural source of antioxidants.

Amalaki is the main ingredient in the traditional Ayurvedic jam called chyavanprash. This tasty remedy has been used for centuries as a way to deliver the healing benefits of Amalaki deep into the tissues. For more information on chyavanprash click here.

Our Amalaki fruit is grown exclusively on certified organic farms. The fresh, ripe fruit is harvested at the optimal time using environmentally sustainable methods that are sensitive to the long term health of the trees and their surrounding ecosystems.

Amalaki is available as a bulk powder, a tincture, or in tablets. The powder is generally used to make a tea, while the tablets provide a more convenient option for administration. Whichever form you choose, you will find Amalaki to be highly effective.

A traditional rejuvenative used to cleanse and nourish the bodily tissues. Balancing for all doshas, especially Pitta.*

  • Removes excess Pitta from the system*
  • Assists natural internal cleansing and maintains regularity*
  • Stimulates digestive fire without aggravating Pitta*
  • Natural antioxidant*

Ayurvedic Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): sour, sweet, pungent, bitter, astringent
  • Virya (action): cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): sweet
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for all doshas, especially Pitta.
Dosage: 1/4-1/2tsp in warm water before meals or bedtime. Since amalaki is very astringent, it initially makes your mouth dry. The effect is temporary however. Shortly thereafter, it provokes release of saliva. Finally, amalaki tastes sweet. To minimize dryness in the mouth, brew as a tea then strain. Or, mix with a bit of honey.

4oz is approximately one month's supply.

SUGGESTED USE

1/4-1/2 tsp 2x/daily with warm water or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my herbs?
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This product contains loose herbal powder for the freshest and most potent results. An organic cotton tea bag will be provided with your order to strain your herbs for enjoyable drinking. Your order will contain about 60 servings, 1/2 teaspoon each.

MEDICINAL QUALITIES

INCREASES
Digestive Effects Help

Increases These Qualities (Gunas)

Ayurveda helps you assess how you feel through the 20 main therapeutic feelings or qualities called gunas. Through the gunas you can articulate, experience and develop sensitivity to the signals your body sends you. Imbalanced gunas are the root of your imbalances. Every guna has an opposite which balances is (i.e. hot balances cold). You create balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite guna.

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COLD

Cold ABOUT COLD GUNA

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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TASTES
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The 6 Tastes

Taste has meaning in Ayurveda, and brings physical and emotional changes to your body. Taste is experienced on the tongue and is your body's reaction to foods much in the same way that your emotions are mental reactions to experiences. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below? Food and herbs with the following tastes could aggravate your symptoms.

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SOUR

Sour ABOUT SOUR GUNA

Sour refers to anything fermented or acidic.

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ASTRINGENT

Astringent ABOUT ASTRINGENT GUNA

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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DOSHAS
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The Three Doshas / Body Types

Your body type shows how your strengths, as well as how your body typically goes out of balance. It also shows how your body responds to the environment. Your body type is comprised of certain qualities and affects every part of you - your physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. This is because your body type is based on how your body uses energy. Ayurveda has 3 body types (doshas), called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata spends energy. Pitta burns energy. Kapha stores energy. Vata people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Pitta people tend to be hot, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Kapha people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.

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PACIFIES
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
HAS THE FOLLOWING
NUTRIENT Antioxidant

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES

Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Bone & Joint
Hair Growth Tonic

HAIR-GROWTH-TONIC

An herb or formula that encourages healthy hair growth.

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Digestion
Quenches thirst

QUENCHES-THIRST

An herb or substance that relieves thirst.

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Antacid

ANTACID

Herbs that neutralize acidity in the gastrointestinal tract, the stomach in particular.

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Carminative

CARMINATIVE

Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.

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Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestive.

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Cleanse and Detox
Detoxicant

DETOXICANT

An herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.

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Energy Vitality Strength
Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Tonic

TONIC

A tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.

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Heart & Circulation
Alterative

ALTERATIVE

Literally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.

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Blood Tonic

BLOOD-TONIC

An herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.

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Cardiac Tonic

CARDIAC-TONIC

Strengthens and tones the heart. Cardiac tonics are used to treat a wide range of heart issues.

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Hemostatic

HEMOSTATIC

An herb that stops bleeding.

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Opthalmic

OPTHALMIC

Benefits the eyes.

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Styptic

STYPTIC

A herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used to stop bleeding.

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Immune System
Adaptogen

ADAPTOGEN

Herbs that promote stabilization of physiological processes and homeostasis. Adaptogens increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning.

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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Antipyretic

ANTIPYRETIC

Reduces a fever / febrifuge.

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Liver & Gall Bladder
Hepatoprotective

HEPATOPROTECTIVE

An herb that is capable of preventing liver damage.

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Mind, Stress & Sleep
Brain Tonic

BRAIN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.

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Reproductive Health
Aphrodisiac

APHRODISIAC

Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.

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Builds Semen

BUILDS-SEMEN

Herbs that increase the production of semen, often by rebuilding fluids in general.

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Promotes Virility

PROMOTES-VIRILITY

Encourages virility and potency.

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OtherHypoglycemic
Bowel-Poop-Elimination
Stool Softener

STOOL-SOFTENER

An herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.

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Product Reviews for Amalaki

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How would one use the fresh amalaki. I have seen it in Indian grocery stores

- Fiona Pereira, Mississauga, ON, 09-11-12 (Reply)
You can simply eat it. Often Indian groceries stores will have dried ones as well.

I have a question regarding my sister, who is 70 and is moderately affected by a stroke she had two years ago. Prior to the stroke, she had inflammatory bowel problems and a host of other ills. Her diet is mostly standard American fare and is unlikely to change. She takes a number of pharmaceuticals. Could Amalaki alleviate some of her symptoms? Thanks.

- Stephanie ODonnell, 11-21-13 (Reply)
Amalaki is generally cooling to the bowels. I'd be happy to do a consultation with you concerning your sister since there are many other variables involved. Thanks!

I started taking amalaki and have LOVED the benefits on my skin, but I noticed that it seems a bit constipating. Is this a normal side effect to Amalaki? It's been great otherwise.


- , 06-23-15 (Reply)
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