The One Herb Everyone Should Be Taking Daily

by | Jun 13, 2024 | Business

The Living Wellness Lounge-Triphala blog article

Whenever people ask me which herbs they should take to maintain their health, my answer is usually a resounding… it depends. However, there is one herb I universally recommend for its broad spectrum treasure trove of health benefits: Triphala!

It’s interesting to note that while herbalism fell out of favor in America about 70+ years ago (a story for another time), the tradition never died in many parts of the world. In many Eastern cultures, taking daily herbs is as familiar as eating breakfast. They don’t wait until they’re sick to start taking herbs; it’s done for maintenance and longevity. These cultures have a keen focus on cultivating health. So, even if you are not dealing with a specific health issue, triphala is a fantastic addition to your daily routine.

What is Triphala

Triphala isn’t actually a single herb but a combination of three fruits: amla (Emblica officinalis), haritaki (Terminalia chebula), and bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica). This famous formula has been a mainstay tonic in Ayurveda (Ancient Eastern Medicine) for thousands of years. It’s also a staple in my practice, included in most, if not all, of my protocols.

This herbal combination is unique as it contains all five flavors, making it the most universally balanced medicine for all body types. Some of its other strengths include being mild, well-tolerated, affordable, and easy to find.

Why Take Triphala Daily

Triphala is known to benefit every tissue and organ in your body. I wasn’t kidding when I said it offers a literal treasure trove of health benefits. Its perfect balance makes it so.

Digestion

Triphala is a powerful aid for digestion, known for its gentle laxative properties that promote regular bowel movements without causing dependency. It acts as a digestive tonic, enhancing the digestive fire (Agni) and improving nutrient absorption. Additionally, it soothes the digestive tract and supports overall gastrointestinal health.

Liver

Triphala supports liver health by promoting detoxification and aiding in the elimination of toxins, enhancing the liver’s natural cleansing processes. Its potent antioxidants protect liver cells from oxidative stress, while its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce inflammation, benefiting conditions such as fatty liver disease and hepatitis.

Eyes

Triphala is beneficial for eye health due to its high antioxidant content, which helps protect against oxidative stress and age-related vision issues. Its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce eye strain and irritation, while its nourishing qualities support overall ocular health and function.

Detoxing

Triphala is a renowned detoxifier, helping to cleanse the colon and eliminate toxins from the body. Its gentle laxative effect ensures regular bowel movements, aiding in the removal of waste. This detoxification process supports improved energy levels, clearer skin, and overall well-being.

All Tissues

Triphala aids in building and rejuvenating tissues by enhancing digestion and nutrient absorption, ensuring that the body receives the essential nutrients it needs. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties promote cellular health and regeneration, contributing to the maintenance and repair of bodily tissues.

Glandular Balance

Triphala helps maintain glandular balance by supporting the endocrine system’s function. Its detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties reduce stress on glands, while its ability to balance the body promotes hormonal equilibrium. This holistic approach ensures that glands operate efficiently, contributing to overall well-being.

How to Take Triphala

I recommend taking triphala in a capsule form (unless you’re really brave like me and can take it as a powder; it is slightly cheaper that way, but many people don’t like the astringent flavor).

Maintenance dose: 1-2 grams daily

Triphala can be taken any time of day, but traditionally it is taken in the evening to promote a nice bowel movement first thing in the morning. You can experiment with timing and find what works best for you!

Bonus Uses for Triphala

Eyewash

Triphala can be used as an eyewash to promote eye health and relieve eye strain. To make a triphala eyewash, simply mix one teaspoon of triphala powder with a cup of water and let it sit overnight. In the morning, strain the mixture to remove any sediment, and use the liquid to gently rinse your eyes. This can help soothe tired eyes, reduce inflammation, and maintain overall eye health.

Mouthwash

Triphala also serves as an excellent natural mouthwash. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties can help maintain oral hygiene, reduce plaque buildup, and combat bad breath. To make a triphala mouthwash, dissolve half a teaspoon of triphala powder in a cup of warm water. Swish the mixture around in your mouth for a minute or two, then spit it out. Regular use can contribute to healthier gums and teeth.

Start Taking Triphala Today!

Incorporating Triphala into your daily routine is a wise investment in your well-being. Its gentle yet effective nature, coupled with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle choices, can work wonders in promoting overall health and longevity. Don’t hesitate to make Triphala a part of your daily regimen and embark on a journey towards enhanced vitality and well-being.

About the Author

Hello there! I’m Lila, a clinical herbalist, functional nutritionist, and founder of The Living Wellness Lounge, a virtual wellness clinic dedicated to helping people find lasting resolutions to chronic health conditions. Too many people have been left underserved and unwell by our conventional model of medicine. We aim to fill that gap by guiding people to wellness through alternative and sustainable modalities.

We work with a wide array of diseases, symptoms, and conditions, always focusing on the whole person and their unique journey. We are passionate about the work we do; the transformations we see in our clients warm our hearts and fuel our fire.

If you are looking for support with your health journey, you can find us at:
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With Light,
Lila

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