How To Make Hair Oil At Home With Amla

Amla oil is a very effective hair oil for most of the hair problems. It also helps to relieve headache, dizziness and other Pitta related symptoms. Here is a traditional Ayurvedic way of preparing Amla hair oil.

Amla for hair growth:
Amla is very rich in nutrients and anti oxidants. These nutrients and phyto-chemicals not only benefit our stomach, but when applied as hair oil, they also impart nourishment to the skin and hair.

Amla hair oil preparation video

Ingredients

How to make amla hair oil at home?
What you need:
Amla powder – 250 grams + 100 grams
Water – 4 liters
Coconut oil – 500 ml

Why coconut oil? 

Most of the Ayurvedic oils are prepared with sesame oil base. But for hairs, coconut oil is a better choice because of high nutritive value. But people with sinusitis, cold problem may not tolerate coconut oil. They may use sesasme oil / mustard oil in place of coconut oil.

Procedure

First, Amla kashayam is prepared. Kashayam means water decoction. 
Add 250 grams of amla powder to 4 liters of water and boil and reduce to 1 liter.

The rules for making Kashayam like maintaining a low flame, continuous stirring, using a wide mouthed vessel etc.

After the decoction is boiled and reduced to 1 liter, the liquid is filtered to get Kashayam.

Take the Kashayam in a wide mouthed vessel.

Take 100 grams of amla powder in a small bowl, add a little water to it and make it into Amla paste.

Add this amla paste and add 500 ml of coconut oil to the amla kashayam.

Heat this mixture of oil, Amla kashayam and Amla paste over mild heat till only the coconut oil remains.

Proportions to prepare 10 oz of Amla oil –
If you are not familiar with grams and ml calculations, here is the calculation to prepare 10 oz of Amla hair oil.

Step 1:Β For Kashaya preparation:Β 
Amla powder for Kashaya preparation – 5 oz
Water for Kashaya – 80 oz
Boil water with Amla powder and reduce the Kashaya to 20 oz.

Step 2. Oil making
Kashaya – 20 oz (got from the above technique)
Coconut oil – 10 oz
Amla powder – made into paste with water – 2 oz.

Final product expected – around 10 oz or just slightly lesser.

Signs to observe

Initially the whole mass turns muddy. Slowly as the water starts evaporating, the oil starts getting separated. The liquid starts getting clearer.

Initially, water bubbles will be visible. At the end stage, when water is completely evaporated, the bubbles stop and froathing sets in, indicating to stop heating the oil .

Initially if you take the amla paste from the oil and put it onto fire, it makes noise, indicating the presence of water.

When the water is completely evaporated, there will not be any noise, when amla paste is put on fire.

It may take up to 3 hours to complete the procedure.

When you are sure that the entire water content has evaporated, stop heating and filter it when it is still hot.
You will get 400 – 450 ml of final yield of the oil.

Principle

Principle behind this procedure: 

This technique of making amla hair oil is based on Ayurveda principles. The Kashayam contains water soluble active phyto-nutrients of Amla and boiling Amla powder along with Kashayam with coconut oil extracts fat soluble phyto nutrients of Amla into the oil.

Coconut oil itself is a rich source of nutrients that are required for hair care.

Benefits, shelf life

Benefits: 

  •  Relieves split hair, dry hair problem
  • promotes hair growth both in men and women
  • Relieves dandruff, nourishes the hair root and scalp.
  • Relieves headache, dizziness
  • Relieves nasal bleeding in children, which usually occurs due to excessive heat exposure and during summer.

Shelf life:
The oil can be stored for a period of 1 – 1.5 years in an air tight container.

Benefits over market available oil

How is it better than market available Amla hair oil? 

  • You know all the ingredients, you know the genuinity of amla powder and hence you are aware and assured of the quality of hair oil.
  • No preservative is added. No chemical perfume is added. The product is 100 % natural.

92 thoughts on “How To Make Hair Oil At Home With Amla”

  1. Dear Sir,

    Thank you sir for Amla hair oil preparation. Its very helpful.

    Regards
    Srividya Kumar

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  2. Nice one. However which coconut oil to use? Is Parachute fine? How to make sure we get pure coconut oil?
    Thanks

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    • Parachute, or any brand of good coconut oil is just fine. Since it is for external use only, there should not a big worry about the quality of coconut oil.

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  3. Sir, in this method of making hair oil, you have not added FENUGREEK, is it not required to also add fenugreek ? As far as I think fenugreek helps in making the hair black [ natual colour ] from grey hair. Please advice Sir.

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  4. Hello Sir I just watched your video and it’s really informative and I liked it. I had to ask you a question is amla oil beneficial for growing beard ?

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    • Great video! Can you substitute Amla powder for Bhringaraj powder to prevent hair loss and premature graying?

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  5. Sir, can we make hair oil by taking equal amount of amla juice and coconut oil and heat until oil remain? or by adding all at one say amla powder 350 g coconut oil 500ml and 1l litre of water until oil remains instead of making kashayam? what will the changes in properties of making oil like this?

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    • You can just mix amla powder + water+oil and boil till oil remains. But traditionally Kashayam is made first. Making Kashayam ensures maximum availability of water soluble Amla extracts in the oil.

      If you’re only taking amla juice and coconut oil, then you will miss most of the fat and water soluble active principles of Amla in the oil. So do not.

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  6. Sir, sorry but one more doubt. Instead of powder, if we take fresh grated amla 1/2 kg+water1l+coconut oil 500ml and boil until oil remains will oil will have maximum amla extract as per your theory of making amla oil? is the measurement correct? what colour oil will have at end.

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    • In making of herbal oils, in all the references found, Amla is always used as dry powder. However, no harm in using fresh one, if you do not get it dry.
      Around 200 – 300 grams of pulp + 1 liter of water and 500 ml oil looks good. But this is just a guess work.

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  7. Sir, actually I was trying to make kashayam but I was unable to separate water from powder after burning 3 liter of water. I don’t know where I have done mistake. Is it we have to take coarse powder to make kashayam and fine powder in oil please explain?

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    • That is why for Kashayam, always coarse powder is preferred.
      If you’ve taken fine powder, then filter it across a cloth and use that thick Kashayam only. It can also be used to prepare the oil.

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  8. Sir, to grow knee length hair for my daughter which other herbs can be added with amla and in which ratio?

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  9. Sir, roughly when we can except making of your another hair oil? one more suggestion pls try to put the recipe in which hair oil gets ready within one hour as it will be helpful to all of us and save gas also.

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  10. I am from Califorinia do you sell the Alma oil and powder you make, if not where would i find the pure raw Alma powder and the oil online, also how many tablespoons instead of grams sorry i am just not familiar with grams.
    Thanks for info

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    • Just replace amla powder quantities with fresh amla. The final oil may be a bit diluted, but still will be effective.

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  11. What quantities should one use for a final priducr of around 6oz of amla oil. Since will take less preparation time and I also like to use my oil freshly made on a weekly basis. Also, what would gice better results, should the oil be applied on dry hair before due for a wash or on damp clean hair and then wash it out again in order to rinse the oil?

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  12. Very well-done explanation! But how do we use amla oil on hair? Does it work as a normal shampoo!!! Thank you!

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  13. Neeli helps in hair growth and to relieve grey hairs.
    Applying this oil half an hour before head bath is good. This oil can also be applied at night, but some people get problems of cold and worsening of sinusitis with such usage.

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  14. Hello there! Thank you very much for your detailed video. May I use a coconut oil + olive oil mixture?

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    • Dear Sillywabbit,
      You can surely use coconut oil+olive oil mix.
      Thanks for liking my video.

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  15. There is an oil that they sell and they add bhringraj, amla, rosemary, lavender, jojoba and they add Biotin and MSM (methylsulfonyl-methane). I wonder if it would not affect the herbs good properties. What do you think?

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    • Biotin is used in hair loss.
      MSM is used orally in arthritis, high cholesterol etc.
      Generally, the herbal ingredients should not lose their properties because of presence of MSM and biotin.

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  16. i tried this procedure and have one query. incase there is a doubt regarding any small amount of moisture can we reheat filtered oil and remove moisture or oil is to be discarded. Will it cause scalp infection if there is small amount of moisturw. Please clarify.

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    • Good question and observation. If you have doubt of remnant moisture, you can mildly heat it just for 2 – 3 minutes only. Remember that, while heating after filtration, if the heat is more or if it is heated for long, then it may burn the oil and your entire efforts. Usually moisture leads to ticking sound while heating. But do not wait till all the ticking sound stops. Stop soon after 2- 3 minutes.
      Moisture in the oil will cause Kapha increase in skin and may cause itching and other kapha dominant skin conditions like dandruff. Hence not desirable.

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  17. Hello Dr J V Hebbar,
    Thank you for this video and information. I made amla oil according to your instructions, however, while the oil was cooking the amla paste stuck to the bottom and burned a bit. The rest of the amla paste separated from the oil and I collected the oil and I am using it. Is it alright to use this oil since some of the paste burned? The oil smells a bit smoked but the smell is not bad and once I apply it the smell dissipates since I mix it with essential oils of rosemary and peppermint.

    Also, I am also making another hair oil following your instructions, but this time I am including the following herbal powders: amla, Brahmi, fenugreek, henna, indigo, neem and lemon peel. The proportions are: 100 gr each of amla, Brahmi and fenugreek. And 25 grams each for henna, indigo, neem and lemon peel powders. I already made the kashayan and saved it in the fridge. The following day I will make the oil with the kashayan (approximately 1 and a half liters) and I will add 150 grs of all the powders combined. Also I will use 800 ml of coconut oil.

    I am mainly using this oil for mild hair fall (my hair falls when I wash it) and for stimulating more hair growth while at the same time trying to keep my gray hair darker.
    Is what I am doing alright? Please advice.
    Thank you all the way from Chicago!
    Gloria

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    • Hello Gloria,
      1. When you are making the oil, especially when you reach the end stage, you need to stir the contents continuously and heat it in a very medium low fire to avoid sticking of the amla paste to the bottom. (This applies to any Ayurvedic oil that you may try).
      If the smell is tolerable, I do not see any problem with it. You can use it.

      2. When you prepare the kashayam, in stead of keeping in the refrigerator and adding it to the oil+powder the next day, I would suggest to add the kashayam and the powder to the oil on the same day, when the kashayam is still hot and fresh. Then, boil the mix of kashayam+oil+powder just for 10 minutes. Stop heating, keep a lid on the vessel. The next day, you can start heating the oil till the end.
      On the first day, if you boil the oil for 10 minutes, the contents will not get spoilt for the next day. No need to even refrigerate it. This will help you follow two Ayurveda principles in one shot.

      Principle A – Never use Kashayam on the next day. Kashayam should be used when it is fresh and hot. (fresh but Cold kashayam is only advised in high Pitta condition, for oral intake).
      Principle B – It is said in Ayurveda text books that oils, herbal ghees and avaleha (herbal jams like Chyawanprash) should not be prepared in a single day. Moon light and coldness of light also has its own therapeutic benefits that gets into the product (oil / ghee / avaleha).
      Namaste! from Moodbidri, Mangalore, India πŸ™‚

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      • Thank you Dr. Hebbar!

        This information is very helpful.

        Do you agree that this oil may help me with my mild hair fall and stimulate hair growth and add strength to hair follicle? I have read that these herbs have shown remarkable positive results for these types of hair conditions.

        I plan to apply the oil at least 4 times per week for the next several months, until I see improvement of my hair condition. After I get to that point, I plan to apply the oil at least once per week to maintain hair health and vitality.
        Is this something you agree with?
        Thank you again!
        Gloria

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    • Hi, to make 20 ounce of oil, it might cost you around 10 – 20 USD. You can use the product soon after it is made.

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  18. I have two queries.
    1. I have dried amla and would like to make amla oil with that. will directly boiling dried amla in coconut oil is effective or is there any specific method. If kashayam method is the best one can you please explain how to make kashayam with dried amla and then the oil preparation too.

    2. How to make hair oil using curry leaves ? which oil is good for treating grey hair curry leaves oil or amla oil? Thanks.

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    • 1. It is better to make Amla with with Kashayam, as stated in the article.
      2. procedure to make oil out of curry leaves is same as the procedure mentioned above. Just replace amla with curry leaves. Amla hair oil will be better for grey hair than of curry leaves.

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  19. Hello sir nice video….I tried yo make oil by directly adding amla powder to oil and then boil it for 10 minutes then I stained it then added little water in it say about a teaspoon bt after stirring it for 5 minutes tht oil started to splutter are there ws a mini blast which spilled the oil all over thank god there ws no injuries can u pls tell me where did I go wrong….my guess is tht I didnt take the long vessel….can u pls mention the size of the vessel where u boil the oil. Thanks

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    • Once you add the amla powder oil and water to the vessel, and start boiling do not ads any water or any other thing to it.
      The vessel should be bog enough so that contents do not cross half of the capacity of the vessel, ideally.
      Once after you start heating, it should be continued till total water content inside the oil completely evaporates. Any remnant water would cause spoiling of the oil.

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  20. What causes dandruff? What causes localized thickening of scalp in small patches that result in itching and due to itching, come out along with hair and leave soft skin that often bursts and releases blood? Why does this condition spread to eye brows, corner of lips and around nostrils?

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  21. Hello Doctor, Can you please suggest some good brand of amla powder which can be used in the amla oil preparation.

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  22. you can add Castor oil – 250 ml + coconut oil 250 ml in the second stage, in place of 500 ml of coconut oil.
    To know about water being completely evaporated, please read and follow “signs to observe” section in the article

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    • Thank you Dr! Is this a good oil to use for premature greying of hair? For the purpose of hair fall or greying do you recommend adding castor oil or sticking to your ingredients?

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      • Hi, it is a good oil for premature graying as well.
        You can add 50 % of castor oil or sesame oil to it, based on your convenience. No problem.

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    • In making the kashayam after reducing it from 4liters to 1 liter and the filtering, I didn’t get too much kashayam. Is this to be expected? It took 5-6 hours but the end quantity was smaller than I expected. Is this to be expected? I used coffee filters (double like you advised another commentator).

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      • Hi, there will be some judgement errors in deciding when exactly we reach 1 liter (from 4 liters). The Kashaya powders swell up and the bulk increases. Which gives the misconception about 1 liter.
        You will have to stop heating when you think there is still 2 liters of water left. Then, upon filtering, you will get at least 1 – 1.3 liters.
        While making the amla hair oil, you can still use the super concentrated less quantities of kashaya that you got. No problem.

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    • Hi, half part is answered in the last question. Ideally you will have to make kashayam at one go. If you cannot, you can stop heating and resume it BEFORE the Kashayam turns cold. It should be at least 50 – 60 degree celcius.
      In all Ayurvedic processes involving boiling (as in Kashayam and Taila (oils) and filtering, soon after the reduction in liquid is achieved, it is best to filter it when it is hot. This will ensure that maximum liquid volume can be extracted. If it is allowed to cool down, then the herb powders will absorb good amount of liquids leading to loss in Kashayam or herbal oil.

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  23. Hi, you can use amla and curry leaves powder.
    Wherever I have mentioned amla powder, just split into to equal halves of amla powder and curry leave powders.

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  24. Hi sir, I prepare 3 tblspoon of bhingaraj powder with 1 cup of oil and heated 5 min.after i unable to filter..can u tell me the solution ? pls or is there any way to do that correctly again…

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    • Hi, you can do 2 improvisations.
      1. Please note that the bhringaraj powder to oil ratio should be 1:10
      2. Minimum quantity of oil to try making oil is around 500 ml.

      So, take 500 ml of oil add 50 grams of Bhringaraj powder to it, add 500 ml of water to it Boil till you get the signs that I have explained in the above article (the bringaraj paste stops making noise when put on fire etc.

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  25. The time i made the Kashayam (preperationfor 10 oz of amla oil), after boiling for aprox 1,5 hours, I was left with not a liquid amla-water-mix, but a sticky paste of aml; no water whatsover.
    Could you clarify up briefly, if it is wrong that way or if I may use it.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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    • Hi, this problem arises when you make kashayam with fine powder of amla. Consider making another amla kashaya with boiling for just 1 hour and then filter it with cloth.

      Or if you do not want to throw the current paste, then add a little more water to it, heat it for 2 minutes and filter. – COnsider this as Kashaya.

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  26. hello,

    just wondering, cause of the boiling doesnt it loose a lot of vitamins?

    thank you. .making it right now!

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  27. Great video, very helpful. But I would like to know exactly what basic proportions do you use? I mean proportions herbs-water in decoction, and later proportion of kalka-decoction-oil. I heard that it should be 1 part of herbs, 16 parts of water and 4 parts of oil. Recenty I’ve prepared some hair oil using 25 g amla and bhringarah powder, 4 l of water and amount of decoction after boiling was 1 liter, and mixed it with 250 ml of sesame oil and 62 g of herbal powder. And the mixture was very thick. So what proportions do you use and suggest?

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    • Hi, the proportion of 1:4:16 (herb:oil:decoction) is universal.
      But in some conditions, it may cause a very thick oil, especially if the herb volume is high.
      Hence, you can dilute the proportion to 1:8:16. Some other Ayurveda doctors may differ in opinion.

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  28. Hi, take charcoal powder – 100 grams. To it, add 5 grams of each of Triphala, turmeric and sandalwood. Add 20 – 40 ml of Triphala ghrita to it to it and make a uniform paste. Sun dry it and you can use it as Kajal. You can add many other herbs, this above one is just an example.

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  29. Hello,
    Tell me how to make butter from fresh Amla fruits what should be the proportion? If with dry 1:4:16
    Thanks

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  30. Hi sir,whichever oil I apply I get heat bubbles on my face and it is red for years and get marks,if I don’t apply good oils my hair fall is more and hair becomes thin and dandruff is more.can you please suggest a good remedi?

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    • Please use amla hair oil or just plain coconut oil. Both are coolants and hence should not cause any bubbles.

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  31. Dear Sir,
    Can we use the same principles to prepare Hibiscus oil using Hibiscus flowers? I have a lot if hibiscus flowers at home .. Please kindly reply.
    Thanks in advance

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  32. Hi Dr.
    Is this oil to be used as a daily oil for hair in morning or for massaging scalp at night & then washing next morning?
    Also what kind of shampoo should be used for washing hair? Will Clinic Plus type be good or some herbal kind (like Patanjali aloevera shampoo) be used?

    Thanks for all your advices doctor!

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  33. Dear Sir, Thank you this brilliant article. I like you also that you wrote about the principle behind the making process. Can you tell me, that it remain some C vitamin from amla in the amla oil?

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  34. can the kashayam and boiling the kashayam and alma paste with coconut oil be done the same day? .If I wish to add curry leaves to the kashayam,which one is preferred curry leaves powder or fresh curry leaves?

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  35. Thank you so much. I have made the oil and I love it already. I added fenugreek, hibiscus and neem leaves cos my hair loves those. Wishing you more blessings. πŸ™‚

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  36. Hi sir,

    Your blog gives us so much accurate info on the principles of ayurveda. Thank you for that.
    I have a query on the preparation of this hair oil.
    Is using a combo of fresh amla fruit and curry leaves better than using the respective powders?
    If so, what is the method of using the fresh amla fruits and curry leaves to prepare the oil in the above mentioned way and what would be their proportions?

    Thanks,
    Ramya

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    • Amla powder and dried curry leaves powders are better to use for oil preparation than fresh ones.

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