Has it ever occurred to you that an important part of self-care may be to wash your eyes?

A traditional Ayurvedic practice for periodically washing the eyes is a triphala eye wash. For most people, it’s helpful to wash the eyes once per week unless there is a health issue to be addressed.

Triphala is a traditional herbal formulation that consists of three fruits: Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). Triphala eye wash is made by infusing Triphala powder in water and offers several benefits for the eyes.


  1. Soothing and Refreshing: Triphala eye wash has a soothing and refreshing effect on the eyes. It may help relieve eye strain, fatigue, and discomfort caused by prolonged computer use, reading, or exposure to environmental pollutants.
  2. Cleansing and Detoxifying: Triphala has a gentle cleansing and detoxifying effect, and the eye wash may help remove accumulated debris, dust, and other impurities from the eyes. It promotes cleanliness and maintains the health of the ocular surface.
  3. Lubricating and Moisturizing: The eye wash can provide lubrication and moisturization to the eyes, helping to alleviate dryness and promote proper tear film production.
  4. Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Properties: Triphala contains natural antioxidants that can help protect the eyes from oxidative stress, which is associated with age-related eye conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration. It is also has anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation in the eyes.
  5. General Eye Health: Triphala eye wash is considered a part of a holistic approach to maintaining overall eye health. It may pacify the Pitta dosha, nourish the eye tissues, strengthen the eye muscles, and support clear vision.


Add ½ tsp of triphala powder to a glass or ceramic cup with 8 ounces boiled, filtered water. Stir, steep for 4-8 hours or over night. Strain and filter the sediment out by using cheesecloth, coffee filter, or a empty tea bag. Ideally use eye cups or alternatively pour over eyes, opening and closing the eyes to flush. It is common to burn slightly, yet will feel clarifying afterwards.

It’s important to note that while Triphala eye wash is generally considered safe, it’s advisable to consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner or an eye care professional before using it, especially if you have any pre-existing eye conditions or allergies. They can provide personalized guidance and ensure its suitability for your specific situation. Eye cups are commonly available at drug stores and online.


The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease.

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