Everything You Need to Know About Triphala

Triphala
Category: Herbal ingredients
Posted By: Green Jeeva

What is Triphala?

The very word ‘Triphala’ is formed of two Sanskrit terms – ‘Tri’ implying three and ‘Phala’ implying fruit. Triphala is basically a mixture of three separate fruits – bibhitaki, haritaki, and amalaki. According to popular beliefs, Triphala has the ability to promote health by balancing the three doshas of the body-mind, body, and spirit.

The three constituents of Triphala include:

  • Emblica officinalis

Also known as ‘Indian gooseberry’ or ‘amla’, Emblica Officinalis has a sour taste. Rich in minerals and vitamins, it is often used in many Indian dishes.

  • Terminalia Chebula

Commonly known as hard or haritaki, terminalia chebula is good for digestive and intestinal health. Filled with phytochemicals, it is known widely for its antioxidant properties.

  • Terminalia Bellirica

Known commonly as vibhidaka or bibhitaki, terminalia bellirica is known famously for its amazing antioxidant properties.

Different Types of Triphala

Although this is a lesser-known fact, Triphala is available in three types:

Madhura Triphala: Also known commonly as Swadu Triphala, Madhura Triphala consists of draksha, kasmarya, and kharjura.

Swalpa Triphala: Known popularly as Maha Triphala, Swalpa Triphala is constituted of three distinct fruits, including kharjura, parushaka, and draksha.

Sugandhi Triphala: It is constituted of jatiphalam, ela, and lavangam.

How to Use Triphala

Available in a number of different forms, like liquid, powder, tablets, and capsules, Triphala has a number of different uses. Discussed below are some of the most common uses of Triphala:

  • Face pack: Triphala is known to have the ability to aid skin health. You can add a tablespoon of Triphala churna to some coconut oil and apply the mixture on your face. You can rinse it off, after letting the pack rest for around 5 to 10 minutes on your face.
  • Eyewash: Triphala is known to be good for eye health. To make your own Triphala eyewash, mix a teaspoon of Triphala powder in a glass of water and let it soak overnight. You can filter out this water and use it to cleanse your eyes the next morning.
  • Mouthwash: Add a teaspoon of Triphala churna to a glass of lukewarm water. Use this solution to cleanse your mouth thoroughly every morning. This is known to be good for oral health.
  • Tablets and Capsules: Triphala tablets and capsules are easily available in the market. Taking these tablets and capsules is easier and more time-convenient, compared to soaking the dried fruits overnight and having triphala water the next morning.

Easy and Quick Recipes with Triphala

There are a number of easy recipes that you can make with triphala and take to get your daily dose of health benefits from these ancient nutritious fruits. Some of these interesting recipes are discussed below:

  • Triphala Tea

Ingredients required:

  • 250 ml water
  • ¼ tsp Triphala powder
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1-inch cinnamon stick

Preparation method:

  • Take a pan and add some water to it.
  • Once the water comes to a boil, add the Triphala churna and let it simmer.
  • Add in the cinnamon stick and honey (or maple syrup) for sweetness.
  • Switch off the flame and pour it into a cup to serve.
  • Oral Drink

Ingredients required:

  • 250 ml water
  • ½ tsp triphala powder

Preparation method:

  • Add the triphala powder to a glass of water.
  • Mix the powder well and let the mixture rest overnight at room temperature.
  • Consume this drink on an empty stomach the next morning.
Disclaimer:

The above statements are not intended to cure any disease or comply with any health benefits. This is solely for information purposes. Please consult your doctor/health practitioner before consumption of the product. Although we take efforts to keep our website informative, we do not guarantee any medical benefits.