How to Make a Triphala Eye Wash


Triphala EyebathIt’s often reported that regularly taking triphala churna internally can have benefits for your eyes and help improve your vision. On this page though, I wanted to share something different – a triphala eye wash treatment that has really helped my eyes from the outside.

I tend to be working in front of screens for many hours each morning and, while I try to remember to take breaks, it doesn’t always happen when the writing is flowing. In the past I’d find some mornings my eyes were starting to get strained and even a little red.

While researching amla health benefits, I found Ayurvedic triphala eye wash instructions and it seems to have really improved how long my eyes can spend working without getting tired.

People have also reported it effective for eye inflammation, conjunctivitis, dry eyes and poor vision in general. Triphala churna eye washes have even been used to treat more serious eye problems like glaucoma and cataracts.

Triphala Eyewash Precautions

Some precautions first. I’ll start by saying I’m not writing this as specific advice to do this eye treatment. I’m just sharing what seems to be working for me. Everyone is different and it might not work as well for you or your eyes may be too sensitive for it.

I believe all health information should be freely available, but the responsibility for using it is down to the individual, after proper research and being aware of the effects they’re getting from what they are doing at all times.

The eyes are obviously a very sensitive part of the body and it makes sense to be cautious when treating them externally. While triphala eye washes are apparently a common practice in Ayurvedic medicine, it would be advisable to consult a knowledgeable healthcare professional first, especially if you have cataracts, glaucoma or other eye disorders.

Eye washes also not recommended when there is any kind of injury to the eye or around it.

Equipment Needed

  • You’ll need two small eye baths for this treatment (you could use just one and wash it before changing eyes but two is simpler and eye baths aren’t that much). They look like little tubs and are usually available at the drugstore.
  • You’ll also need some muslin cloth or some other effective fine filter to strain the liquid through.
  • Distilled or filtered water is recommended over regular tap water.
  • And finally the triphala powder itself. This organic powder is seedless and of good quality.

How To Do A Triphala Water Eye Wash

Ayurvedic Eyewash Making up this triphala eye wash is simple but you’ll need some forward planning. To start add half a teaspoon of triphala powder to a glass or ceramic cup and fill it halfway up with just boiled filtered water.

I boil this in my ceramic saucepan as these don’t release potentially harmful compounds into the water in the way some other cookware can. Also, kettles are usually full of debris. Though I suppose you could also filter the water after boiling.

Stir the triphala and hot water mixture well, remove the spoon and leave it to cool. It’s suggested to make this in the evening and leave it overnight for morning use.

Alternatively, make it in the morning and leave it all day for evening use. My feeling is that an hour is long enough for all of the sediment to be well settled and the solution saturated with triphala’s beneficial nutrients.

To use it, strain it into a glass or ceramic bowl through your filter. Next fill the eye baths to three quarters full and take them to your bedroom on a plate with a towel.

The simplest way to use the eye washes is to place the towel on your lap in your bed and take the two eye baths, lean over the towel and slowly placed them over your eyes.

When you first dip your eyes into the triphala eye baths it’s natural for them to close. I give mine time to get used to being in the liquid and then gently open them and blink a few times before settling into having them open in the triphala water.

It takes a bit of getting used to so don’t be surprised if you find it hard to open them for the first. That’s okay, just blinking in the eye bath is beneficial too. After a while you’ll probably relax enough to be able to open them for a while.

When I first started this practice there was some initial stinging which faded after a few seconds. I don’t get that anymore but some people online report that it can be quite strong for the first few times. If this is too uncomfortable, or more importantly, increasing rather than subsiding, then it would be best to stop the treatment and wash out your eyes with lukewarm water.

Ideally, I like to keep my eyes in the triphala eye wash for about five minutes. After this time I gentle dry them with the towel and lie back and listen to some meditation music for a while.

It suggested not to look at the TV or computer screens for at least half an hour after having a triphala eye bath. That’s why I usually do this in the evening before bed.

Once a day for at least a month is a recommended treatment time for triphala eye washes. Twice a day, morning and night, for treating more serious eye problems.

Remember to wash the eye baths out well in hot water once you’ve finished. It’s also a good idea to drink the remaining triphala water that you didn’t use. You can read more about just how good this is for you, including for your eyes, in Triphala Benefits for Better Health.

As mentioned earlier, this is something that I feel works for my eyes but each person is different. Ideally, go to the source and consult an Ayurvedic practitioner on whether this would be right for you. Here’s a site to search for them in the USA.

While this triphala eyewash treatment has been reported effective for many people, good internal nutrition, particularly for the liver is even more important for improving your eyes and vision. Once you’ve got your triphala powder, remember to take it daily so you can heal your eyes from the inside as well.

Photo 1 credit with thanks: Alberto Perdomo / Photo 2 credit with thanks: LaurenHolloway

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4 Responses to “How to Make a Triphala Eye Wash”

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  1. Thanks for this post. I have been using triphala as an eye wash for about 6 months. I have both cataracts and glaucoma and I have found that this eye wash has made a big difference minimizing symptoms. I use it about 2 or 3 times a day. I have used triphala for years as a digestive aid and was very happy to realize it had even more uses. I get mine from BanyonBotanicals.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Kristen and thanks for your comments. I really appreciate hearing from people who are actually doing what I’m writing about here and getting results. Can I ask how you personally go about making up your triphala eye wash? The Banyon Botanicals triphala I link to above is the best I’ve found as well.

  2. Paris says:

    You can also use a coffee filter to filter the triphala if you dont want to wait.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Paris,

      That’s a good idea. Personally I like to let triphala sit for a good while to have it nice and strong.

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