A new health & beauty drink is getting major buzz — its benefits include a clear, glowing complexion, long, healthy hair, and even weight loss. Move over, golden milk! However, Triphala powder is far from a passing beauty fad.

Triphala tea (that is, Triphala powder mixed with hot water) is an ancient Ayurvedic tonic, and it remains one of the most popular health-promoting supplements in India. It’s made from the powders of three dried fruits: amalaki (Emblica officinalis), bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica), and haritaki (Terminalia chebula). When taken together, these three fruits have AMAZING benefits that can give you a real beauty boost.


Triphala Powder’s Benefits

First, let’s talk about Triphala powder’s digestive benefits. If you aren’t already clued in, you should know that your gut flora have a huge impact on your skin, weight, and overall well-being. While Triphala powder isn’t itself a probiotic, it is an extremely gentle laxative, which means that it helps clear the intestinal tract of “bad” bacteria, making way for the healthy kind. This, in turn, can have dramatic beauty benefits. The laxative effect (and again, we’re talking *very* gentle) can also help keep you regular, potentially preventing bloating and constipation. This ensures that you look and feel your slimmest without ever experiencing a dramatic urge to use the bathroom. Triphala powder simply helps keep your body processing food the way it should.

With regular digestion and elimination also comes assistance for those who are trying to lose weight — and there’s actually science to back it up. One study followed a group of obese adults: Some of them supplemented with triphala powder while others took a placebo. At the end of the study, those who’d taken triphala powder had lost significantly more weight than the control group. Another (and potentially related) thing about good gut health is that it impacts how well your body can absorb the nutrients you eat. A balanced gut makes your body better able to harness the vitamins and minerals in your diet, which can impact the glow and quality of your skin and hair, as well as reduce how much you need to eat to get your body everything it needs.

Triphala, a combination of ayurvedic fruits, of Indian subcontinent

Triphala powder also packs a huge antioxidant punch. Antioxidants are substances that bind to free radicals, slowing down or preventing the process of oxidization, a primary culprit in cellular aging. Some of the benefits of antioxidants are to delay the formation of wrinkles, sagging, and dark spots while helping you feel better from the inside out. Which means that not only could you be getting skin benefits from better gut health and smoother digestion, but you can also see a healthy glow from Triphala’s antioxidant content. Many people report clearer, dewier skin after taking Triphala powder for even a few days.

And we’re not done yet! Triphala also has liver-cleansing properties, which among other things can help clear up acne. The liver is the primary organ your body uses to detoxify itself, so it’s super vital to support your number one detox buddy whenever you can.

This combination of digestive, skin, and nutrition benefits makes Triphala powder a must in your nightly beauty routine. One note of caution, though: Triphala powder isn’t exactly delicious. It’s bitter and pungent, so trust us when we say you’ll be taking it as a labor of love, rather than for its… interesting taste.


The Triphala Routine

Mix 1 teaspoon of Triphala powder with a cup of hot water, and drink it about an hour before bed. It’s best taken on an empty stomach to maximize its digestion-boosting benefits. It’s that simple!

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