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* Amla Fruit or Indian Gooseberry
Phyllanthus Emblica is a natural plant used in folk medicine to treat a variety of ailments and for a number of applications. All parts of the plant are used in the herbal preparations, including the fruit, seed, leaves, root, bark and flowers, according to Wikipedia. Traditionally, this ingredient was thought to have cooling, astringent and drying properties, and was used to stimulate hair growth by nourishing the hair and scalp and even preventing prematurely graying hair. The high tannin content of Phyllanthus Emblica was also used as a dye in inks, shampoos and hair oils.
More recent studies have found demonstrated, through in vitro tests, that Phyllanthus Emblica may have antiviral and antimicrobial properties. It is thought to contain very high amounts of Vitamin C, or Ascorbic Acid, a powerful antioxidant known to reduce wrinkles, suppress pigmentation, and help skin retain its natural moisture. However, studies have shown that the "overall antioxidant strength of amla may derive instead from its high density of tannins and other polyphenols. The fruit also contains flavonoids, kaempferol, ellagic acid and gallic acid" (Wikipedia). An article published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that Phyllanthus Emblica was an extract that ultimately did possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, according to CosmeticsCop.com.
Two other studies published in Cosmetics and Toiletries, "Inhibitory Effects of Phyllanthus emblica Tannins on Melanin Synthesis" and "Low Molecular Weight Tannins of Phyllanthus emblica: Antiaging Effects" assert that Phyllanthus Emblica may have the ability to regulate melanin production in the skin, reducing age spots and preventing photoaging and sun damage.
Safety Measures/Side Effects:
Phyllanthus Emblica is considered safe and natural, and is rated a low hazard, 97% safe ingredient by the Cosmetics Database. No negative side effects or studies reporting warnings were found, although it may be drying to skin and hair.
Recommended Products w/ Phyllanthus Emblica:
MD Skincare Lift and Lighten Eye Cream, Horse Chestnut for Broken Veins and a DIY Solution, RareMinerals Skin Revival Night Treatment