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Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) Rasayana
|by Dr. Savitha Suri|
A rejuvenating Preparation
Amalaki or amla is known for its rejuvenating properties. This fruit is also known as Indian gooseberry.
Here is a simple recipe to prepare amalaki rasayana based on ayurveda principles. Amalaki rasayana can be used with whole wheat bread, chapati or parotas. This recipe can be eaten with spoon followed by a glass of cold milk.
Fully Ripe amla or amalaki – 1 cup (take fully ripe amlas and wash it well with water. Wipe off the water content with a clean cloth. Cut these fruits into pieces and remove stalk and seed. The pulp thus obtained should measure 1 cup)
Water – 2 cups
Ghee – 2 tea spoon
Sugar – 1 cup
Honey – 2 tea spoon
Spices: Dry ginger, jeera (cumin seeds), pepper, cinnamon, and cardamom powder – ¼ tea spoon each and pound it well to get a tea spoon full of powdered spicy mixture.
These are called prakshepaka dravyas in ayurveda. These enhance the fragrance of preparation and make it more palatable. The spices increase the appetite and digestion. They also help the herbal ingredients to reach the tissues.
Boil amalaki pulp with water, in medium flame till water reduces to 1 cup. Remove the soft pulp with a strainer and allow the pulp to cool. Do not throw the boiled water. When the pulp gets cooled grind it in a clean blender. Place the ground pulp on a clean cloth and squeeze the juice to the boiled water. Add sugar to this water and boil well till it forms sugar syrup. (One thread sugar syrup).
Mean while fry the squeezed pulp in ghee and when the pulp starts leaving the ghee add one tea spoonful of spice mixture. Transfer this to boiling syrup and mix well. Remove this from heat and allow it to cool down. Add honey when it gets completely cooled.
Medicinal properties of ingredients:
Amalaki or amla has immense medicinal properties. It rejuvenates skin, liver, body and balances all three doshas. It reduces burning sensation of eyes and helps in hair growth. Emblica officinalis rejuvenates male reproductive system and helps to increase sperm count and sperm motility. It also soothes the inner layers of digestive system and urinary bladder. Regular consumption of this herb helps to boost body immunity. Ghee increases memory power, clarity of voice and boosts body energy. It rejuvenates skin and enhances glow of skin. This ingredient also helps to increase quality and quantity of semen. Honey has immense medicinal properties. It boosts body immunity and accelerates wound healing. It energizes and rejuvenates body. This sweet ingredient helps to reduce obesity and blood cholesterol. When applied with face packs dark pigments, acne, pimples, scars and marks get reduced.
Do not add honey when the preparation is hot. This rasayana instantly energizes body. This preparation is a very good rejuvenator and helps in body building. It improves appetite and increases digestion. As this rasayana contains amalaki it boosts memory power and immunity. Men suffering from infertility are benefited by this preparation.
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