Hot! Amla and Brahmi Paste Recipe and Tutorial

The last time I went to buy henna from a local Indian grocery store, I also purchased a few other ayurvedic powders including amla and brahmi. Amla can be added to henna to tone down the red color and to prevent curl loosening. I decided to use the powders without henna.

According to Hesh, Amla:

- Promotes hair growth
- Controls hair fall
- Cures scalp infection
- Controls premature graying of hair

According to Hesh, Brahmi:


- Cools the scalp and induces sound sleep
- Controls dandruff
- Makes hair long, dark, Dense & lustrous
- Strengthens hair roots

I followed the directions on the boxes. They both said to mix with hot water. First I emptied the amla into an empty container.


The box doesn’t say how much water to add. It says to add until it’s the texture of yogurt. I added the hot water 2 oz at a time and mixed until I got the desired texture. I used 6 oz. of water.

Next, I added the brahmi powder to the mixture.

I used 6 more oz of the hot water. I still added it 2oz at a time and mixed in between each pour.

Then I followed the instructions on the box and let the mixture sit for 15 minutes before using. I put my hair into four sections and applied the paste to each one. When I finished applying, I twisted my hair up into a bun so that I could cover with my plastic cap (I need to get one of the clear caps from Celestial Crowns so that I can stop going through so many of these small disposable ones).

This paste did not take very long to rinse out. I followed with a deep conditioner. One thing that I noticed right away was the fullness of my hair after rinsing and it was easier to detangle. This is a treatment I’ll do again.

What I Used:

  • 100g of Amla
  • 100g of Brahmi
  • 12 oz of hot water

Use more or less of the powders depending on length of hair. Use more or less water to achieve the desired texture.

Have you tried amla or brahmi? If so, how did you use it?

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9 Comments

  1. Very informative and detailed. Think it would be good to use on locs too?

  2. I’ve been using alma oil sporadically for the last year. I’ve started using it more regularly since I’ve BC. The oil promotes strength, thickness and also darkening of the hair. My question I guess is, does the oil do the same thing as the powder? Although I’ve never tried the paste the oil is a lot simpler, you massage it onto your scalp leave in for an hour then rinse out. The paste method appears too time consuming.

    • The oil and the paste pretty much do the same thing. However, the amla oil I’ve seen being sold has mineral oil in it. You can make oil from the powder.

  3. Do you put the past on dry hair or wet it first before applying the paste?

  4. nice review!!

  5. here is me doing a video of a amla and brahmi gloss!

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