DIY Homemade Amla Hair Oil Recipe For Hair Growth

amla hair oil recipe

Amla hair oil also called as Indian gooseberry oil is very very famous in India and for a good reason, it helps arrest hair loss as it helps treat all scalp problems and it also aids hair growth by strengthening the hair follicles. We have a huge amla tree in our farm and during amla season, we make amla hair oil and use it throughout the year. It is so easy to make and requires only fresh amla and unrefined coconut oil.

What Is Amla?

Amla is a fruit, the tree is medium in size with small leaves set closely together. Here in our home, we both consume it internally and also use it externally for hair care extensively. There are two types of gooseberries found commonly in our place. We have both the varieties in our farm. Out of both, the bigger variety of gooseberry called “Amla” is known for it’s curative properties.

amla for hairAmla Hair Oil Benefits:

  • This oil is especially useful for people who have dry hair as it conditions the hair and scalp well.
  • It is a good home remedy for dandruff and itching as it has mild anti microbial properties. With regular use, you will find that the dandruff is gone completely.
  • Regular use of this oil makes the hair shiny and soft, it brings out the natural shine of your hair quickly.
  • Both coconut oil and amla is a magic combination and it helps strengthen hair follicles and arrests even the worst hair fall quickly.
  • Some people suffer from lack of hair growth, for them amla hair oil is one of the best remedies as it helps promote hair growth quickly.

amla oil for hair growthHow To Use Amla Hair Oil?

Usually this oil is used as pre-shampoo treatment but you can use it as a daily application hair oil too. To use, take little bit of the oil in your hands and rub the hands together to warm the oil and then massage into the scalp gently for as long as you can. Wait for 30 minutes to an hour and then wash your hair with a mild shampoo or arappu and then condition your hair as usual.

Amla Hair Oil Side Effects:

This oil usually agrees with everyone but if you are suffering from sinus infection, you can warm the oil lightly before massaging into the scalp. When making the oil, I would suggest using only unrefined coconut oil for best results. Amla hair oil allergy is very rare and personally I have never seen anyone develop an allergy to amla hair oil but in case you experience itching or redness after using amla oil, please discontinue use.

amlaHomemade Amla Hair Oil Recipe For Hair Growth

1. Pound fresh amlas and remove the seeds.

amla juice recipe

2. Grind them in a mixer without adding water to a very fine paste.

amla hair oil benefits

3. Squeeze out the juice using a fine strainer.

amla hair oil for hair growth

4. Boil 1 cup each of coconut oil and amla juice in a pan. Try not to use iron kadai as amla reacts with iron.

5. After 5 to 10 minutes on medium flame, you will find that the water has completely evaporated and the amla paste will settle down and turns a light brown color. The sizzling sound also would have settled down.

amla oil for hair growth

6. Switch off immediately at this stage, cool and strain. Pour it in glass bottles and use it regularly before hair wash for lustrous thick hair.

amla hair oil benefits


  • Don’t add any water while grinding the amlas.
  • When making the oil, the water content should be completely gone else the oil will turn rancid soon.
  • Try using fresh amlas else you will not get lot of juice from it.
  • Don’t let the oil brown too much.

amla oil for hair growth


  1. Ali
    September 6, 2014 / 12:01 pm

    Dear Ramya, you have an absolutely wonderful blog, thank you so much for putting these together. A friend of mine told me fresh Amla oil like this one [not the black one using dried Amla] will go bad or off in 2-3 weeks. Is this true? How long does it keep? Thank you. Ali

  2. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 7, 2014 / 6:44 am

    Hi Ali, I have not made the oil with dried amlas. The amla oil made with fresh juice will last for 2 to 3 months at room temperature, if you boil the oil well till all the moisture evaporates completely ………

    • Ali
      September 7, 2014 / 10:38 am

      Thank you so much for the reply. I'm assuming its OK to put in a few methi seeds and curry leaves in during the process. Have a nice day.

    • Pallavi
      March 19, 2016 / 9:41 am

      Hey ramya, can you please tell if its necessary to grate amla before boiling it. What if i cut it into pieces and out them in coconut oil and then boil whole mixture.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2016 / 1:23 pm

      I don't grate the amla, I just extract the juice and boil it down. You can cut amla and boil like you mentioned too but I feel extracting the juice and boiling it helps extract the essence of amla better…

  3. Ram
    September 22, 2014 / 9:19 am

    Hi,,,,do you have any oil / treatment(in home) for hair regrowth in bald head

  4. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 24, 2014 / 11:53 am

    No, I don't know any remedy for hair regrowth in baldness……..

  5. Anonymous
    November 17, 2014 / 5:12 am

    Hi Ramya can this oil be applied overnight?

  6. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    November 17, 2014 / 5:26 pm

    Yes, this oil can be applied overnight….

  7. Harshali Gawai
    December 3, 2014 / 5:01 am

    Hi ramya suggest me something for thick hair

  8. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    December 3, 2014 / 4:30 pm

    Hi, Try regular hair massage with pure homemade hair oils along with hair packs weekly twice to strengthen the hair roots. Along with health supplements and a traditional healthy diet, we can greatly stop hair loss and regrow lost hair….

    • Anonymous
      September 17, 2015 / 6:00 pm

      Congratulations on creating a wonderful blog. I'm a male in 40s and have started to loose hair over the last couple of years. I have had white hair like other family members since early age but they have always been very thick. I do not want to try western pills that have side affects as suggested by hair specialists. I'm so glad I have come across your blog and feel that there maybe is a natural alternative. I have seen your hair remedies such as Amla oil & Curry leafs that may help both hair loss and greying. Can I combine them ? Also coconut oil can dry up with cold weather so what other oils can I use instead ? e.g castor, almond etc. I will combine Ambla pack with the oil twice a week as suggested. Is there anything else I can add to my regime ?Which supplements should I add and foods and things to avoid ? .. Ambla powder ? Arsh.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 22, 2015 / 3:10 am

      I would suggest you make the curry leaf oil like mentioned in the blog using pesticide free curry leaves and pure coconut oil as I have seen my neighbor reverse her premature greying with it. If the oil solidifies, keep the bottle in warm water for few seconds and it will turn liquid easily. Combining it with amla hair pack is a good idea. Usually there are no food restrictions but try consuming 2 amlas daily, it will greatly help. The regular we use curry leaf oil the better the results will be…

  9. Queen Anele
    December 14, 2014 / 8:46 am

    H Ramya, does the amla powder work well too, especially for making hot oil treatments?

  10. Anonymous
    December 14, 2014 / 9:08 am

    Hi, I am African, I want my hair long and healthy but it seems all my efforts are not working, I have used natural oils like olive shea and coconut to massasge my hair but no result. I am thinking of adding amla to my hot oil treatments and deep conditioning. Will the amla powder work as well as the fresh one? Because I dont think I get the fresh ones around.

  11. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    December 14, 2014 / 4:00 pm

    Though I have never used amla powder for making the oil, I think it will work well too…..

  12. Anonymous
    January 1, 2015 / 9:52 am

    Hi Ramya:Is there any remedy for premature greying of hair with amla for my son who is in his teens?

  13. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    January 2, 2015 / 11:40 am

    Hi, Ask him to try the curry leaf hair oil from the blog. I have seen my neighbor personally reversing her premature greying by daily using that oil. But she was very regular and used it for almost an year….

    • zindgii
      January 21, 2015 / 1:07 pm

      hello, i just wants to ask that if we are not adding any water, then u mentioned in 5th step that water has completly evaporated, what does that mean? please reply asap…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 21, 2015 / 1:40 pm

      Hi, What I meant was water content in the mixture, not water…..

  14. Anonymous
    January 23, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    Hi mamcan we really stop hair fall by using this amla oil.Please tell me how to stop hair fall ?Thank you in advance

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 24, 2015 / 3:54 pm

      Hi, Regular massage with amla oil (or any homemade oil) will strengthen the hair roots and prevent hair fall. Also try to use homemade hair packs at least weekly once or twice and also healthy diet is important, as internal nourishment is very important in preventing hair fall.

  15. Anonymous
    January 27, 2015 / 6:23 am

    Hi mam,I have dandruff problem.But When I used fenugreek seeds, my hairfall has increased a lot.Is there any another remedy for dandruff..Thank you.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 28, 2015 / 2:13 am

      Hi, Try the oil bath from the blog, this oil bath also reduces dandruff effectively. You can also try the dandruff hair mask from the blog. Both these treatments are very effective in treating dandruff……….

  16. Anonymous
    April 3, 2015 / 7:34 pm

    Hi Ramya, thank you so much for sharing these recipes! I was just wondering, do we have to heat the oil before applying it on the scalp? For how long should we heat it? Thank you for your time!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 5, 2015 / 6:02 pm

      Yes, just warm it for a few seconds, you should be able to comfortably immerse your fingers in the oil, that is the correct temperature. But never let it boil….

  17. Anonymous
    April 26, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    Hello i live in venezuela is the fruit gooseberry known as green calabash usuing the pulp for the hair purpose or am i on the wrong track?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 27, 2015 / 4:12 pm

      Amlas are not green calabash….

  18. Dee28
    May 9, 2015 / 8:14 pm

    Hello , I really like ur blogs…I wud like to know something about coconut hair oils. The oils available in the market are generally adulterated….is it worth the effort to make the oils at home or I can buy the coconut oil meant for cooking instead . Hoping that oil meant for cooking wud be less adulterated. Wud like to know ur opinion on this. I don't live in India but everything Indian is available here….I really don't mind getting the method of making the oil at home !!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 15, 2015 / 8:37 am

      Hi Dee, I have a video on making coconut oil at home, can you please check that out. If you find making coconut oil at home too cumbersome, try buying virgin coconut oil, it is the least processed coconut oil…

  19. Anonymous
    May 20, 2015 / 3:26 pm

    Hello mam, can u suggest any brand for pure coconut hair oil or shud I try the usual parachute oil for making amla oil. I am suffering from premature grey hair, plz suggest some tips

  20. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    May 26, 2015 / 1:34 am

    Hi, I have always used only homemade coconut oil so I don't how good the store bought brands are but for best results try using virgin coconut oil. For premature greying try applying curry leaf hair oil regularly…

  21. Anonymous
    June 20, 2015 / 5:30 am

    Dear Ramya,Would like to know the method to make this oil using Dry amla.Your blog is very good and informative.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 26, 2015 / 5:22 pm

      Heat the oil with the dried amla pieces in low flame for 10 to 15 minutes till it releases the essence…..

  22. haritha Koram
    June 25, 2015 / 1:18 pm

    Can I mix 3 types of oils to make amla oil?like almond oil+coconut oil+castroil

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 27, 2015 / 6:52 am

      You can mix like you mentioned but castor oil is very sticky and if you add too much of it in the oil, it will be very hard to wash it out of the hair too.

  23. Nikki
    December 5, 2015 / 1:28 am

    I love your post and I have one question. Can frozen amla be used? I don't have access to fresh gooseberries, but I did find frozen. Could I just let them thaw and then follow your directions? Once again, thank you so much for taking the time to post this!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 19, 2015 / 1:03 pm

      You can try this oil with frozen amlas too. Like you mentioned, thaw the frozen amlas, pound and remove the seeds and extract the juice and proceed as given in the recipe. Make sure to boil till the water content evaporates else the oil will spoil fast…

    • Nikki
      December 21, 2015 / 3:37 pm

      Thank you so much! I did it and it worked great!

  24. Sridevi Ganesh
    December 12, 2015 / 5:06 pm

    Should we use this only before hairwash? Or can we use as regular hairoil..?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 20, 2015 / 4:04 am

      You can use this amla oil as a daily application oil too but it does not smell pleasant like curry leaf oil that is why I recommend it before hair wash…

  25. Jocelyn
    December 25, 2015 / 5:53 am

    Hello Ramya,I love your blog. I have read that amla (in water, perhaps) can make the hair more curly, coily, or frizzy. Is this the case? Is this effect somewhat mitigated or negated by incorporating it in an oil treatment? Thank you so much in advance for your reply.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 8, 2016 / 2:59 pm

      Hi Joceyln, sorry for the late reply. I have used both amla water and amla oil on my hair and I have not experienced any ill effects at all only it makes the hair more smoother and softer…

  26. neelu
    March 11, 2016 / 6:04 am

    can i add fenugreek seeds in amla hair oil if its k means when should i add

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2016 / 5:04 am

      I would suggest not adding fenugreek seeds to this oil…

  27. shanmu G
    April 16, 2016 / 11:52 pm

    Hi Ramya…I prepared curry leaf oil for hair from ur site and it turned out beautiful…Next I m preparing Amla hair oil…it has been sizzling for a long time…and it looks more than light brown to me…but the sizzling sound hasn't stopped…should it completely stop or just reduce?am not sure if I should still boil it some afraid it might turn rancid if I dont boil enuf…but I dont want it burnt too..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 30, 2016 / 8:11 am

      Usually if there is sizzling sound there is still moisture in it, I usually boil amla oil till the sizzling sound almost stops and then switch off. That way with the heat remaining in the vessel the water content full evaporates on it's own but the oil doesn't brown too much. Also I would suggest doing it in medium flame…..

  28. Anonymous
    May 31, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    Hi Ramya, Can I mix curry leaf powder while preparing this hair oil?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 5:49 pm

      I have not mixed curry leaf powder in amla oil but you can give it a try…

  29. Priya
    August 1, 2016 / 2:15 am

    Hi Ramya, you are doing a wonderful job. You have no idea how helpful your blog is. I really appreciate the time and interest you have invested in this blog. Now a days,for anything regarding natural and home made beauty remedy I immediately check your blog.👌👏. I have one question, my hair is drying and thinning. Which oil can I use on regular daily basis. Amla or hibiscus coconut oil. I have sinus too. Please help me.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 6:13 am

      I am so very glad that you find the blog useful 🙂 I would suggest using curry leaf hair oil from the blog, it is very very good for drying and thinning hair. Try and let me know how you like it…

  30. Sanjana Chowdhury
    February 13, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Ma'am, will this oil make hair darker?

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