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 triphala benefits for eyes, 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

Making up this triphala eye wash is simple but you’ll need some forward planning to have the right equipment.

  • 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 tiny bathtubs 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 definitely recommended over regular tap water.
  • And finally the triphala churna itself. This highly rated powder is fine, seedless and of very good quality. It’s available with free delivery in the US and only $4 international delivery to countries like India.

How To Do A Triphala Water Eye Wash

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’s 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.

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

kristin harris

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 Dillan

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.


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

Jim Dillan

Hi Paris,

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

P. L. Modi

I am 76 and have been doing Trifla eye wash for the last 55+ years and never faced any eye problem except age related cataract last year and underwent cataract operation of both eyes.
Now I want to know whether it is not harmful to again start trifla eye wash to ward off further age related eye complications, though the eye surgeon said No for trifla eye wash.

Jim Dillan

Hi there,

If you’ve had an eye operation I would take the advice of your doctor on this.

All the best,



Thanks for the writeup. I have been using Trifalangan for the last few years. It was a very effective remedy for my eye problem. But to my horror I noticed that the nozzle supplied by the manufacturer was not sterilzed. It was sticky & yellowish in color. It seemed to me that the manufacturer had bought the nozzle from the scrap market & just repacked it as new. Nothing can be said about the bottle.
I will stop using Triflangan & I will now start using your remedy.


Please… tell me what kind of triphala powder should I take for my eyewash???

c Patange

It definitely works,as it is antiseptic by nature eye wash slowly improve u r vision to considerable amount. Its really good

Jim Dillan

Hi Manjunath,

I recommend this triphala powder with international delivery

All the best,



I have had cornea transplant in both eyes they are 25 yrs old and now Doctors say I have two small cataracts, I am skeptical about using the eye baths with my cornea’s can I prepare the solution and use it as eye drop as well as drinking the tea?

elizabeth F.


How to make triphala eyewash correctly,

I mean what will be the correct amunt of triphala and water?

Jim Dillan

Hi there,

As per the article the ratio is half a cup of filtered boiled water to half a teaspoon of triphala powder. Let it cool and follow the directions from there

All the best,


Jim Dillan

Hi Elizabeth,

Drinking the tea would be beneficial but I’d have to recommend checking with your eye doctor due to your special situation.

All the best,



Someone asked if triphala eye wash can be used as drops…. You didn’t answer. I would like to know the same thing. Thank you in advance for your answer and thank you for all that you do.

Jim Dillan

Hi Valeria,

The previous commenter had a cornea transplant so should talk to her eye doctor first.

The triphala eye wash could also be put into a sterile eye dropper, though I don’t think it would be quite as effective dropped into the eye as bathing it.

One concern would be how long the triphala eye wash could be kept in the dropper. I don’t know whether the preparation would degrade so it would be much better to make it fresh for each application.

All the best,



Hi Jim, and Everyone,
I have tried using triphala eyewash, but lately I find that I can’t seem to strain it well enough to make the liquid clear, there seems to be always powder floating in the liquid. I use the basic method you and others have described, including using 3 layers of coffee filters, but it just doesn’t seem to work.
I too have tried Triphalanjan, but the pain is so strong that after about 8 months of having a battle with myself in the evening regarding using it, I’ve decided to go back to just simple triphala eye wash.
Do you know why I seem unable to get enough clear liquid even after leaving it sit for a day? Any suggestions? (I’m using triphala from either Organic Traditions or Rootalive.)
Many thanks in advance for any hints that might be helpful.

Jim Dillan

Hi Ellen,

I use muslin cloth and this brand I haven’t tried coffee filters but think unbleached muslin cloth would be better. After leaving the liquid for the day try just tilting the container and pouring the liquid through the cloth without disturbing the sediment too much.

Hope this helps,



Just to note: be sure to use unbleached coffee filters.

Parth Patel

is triphala uses for reduce the no. of eyes? and how i use triphala powder for washing eyes?

Jim Dillan

Hi Parth. The instructions are in this article you have commented on

All the best,


Huvanagouda patil

After washing my eyes using thripala water Can I wear spectacles(contact lenses)?
Pls ans my question

Jim Dillan

Hi there. Spectacles are fine. I would wait at least 10 minutes, and many blinks, before putting in contact lenses in case some residue remained.

All the best,



When shud we take triphala orally for eye benefit night or morning

Jim Dillan

Hi Mansi,

First thing in the morning is best if you can only do it once. Both morning and night is better still.

All the best,


Comments are closed