January 20, 2014

Triphala: Ayurveda’s Powerfully Antibacterial, Super Natural Mouthwash. ~ Julie Bernier

Organ toxicity, reproductive toxicity, lung irritation, allergies and environmental damage: these warnings aren’t stated on your bottle of mouthwash, but they’re the risks you take for a minty fresh mouth and supposed oral health.

Not worth it.

Mouthwashers, meet Triphala.

Ayurveda’s all natural wonder formulation that chances none of the above. In fact, if you were to accidentally ingest Triphala instead of damage done there will only be beneficial manifestations on your digestive, circulatory, respiratory and urogenital systems.

If you accidentally ingest Scope and Listerine, the label advises you to contact a Poison Control Center.

As a mouth rinse, research shows that Triphala is equally effective to prescription (a.k.a strong) mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine in reducing and preventing plaque, gingivitis, streptococcus mutans (a bacteria known to cause tooth decay) and lactobacillus (another bacteria known to cause tooth decay and cavities).

Several studies have been done in India showing Triphala’s efficacy—one such testing 1501 school children over a period of nine months.

The subjects were divided into three groups.

The first group rinsed with Triphala mouthwash.

The second with chlorhexidine mouthwash (prescription strength)

The third rinsed with water to ensure that mouthwashes’ effects could not be attributed to the rinsing action alone.

The study found that both Triphala and chlorhexidine equally reduced plaque, gingivitis, and streptococcus mutans; but Triphala decreased lactobacillus levels to an even greater extent.

All levels decreased overall as the nine months went on, showing the importance of longterm usage.

Equal in power, but definitely not equal.

Chlorhexidine is not safe in large doses. It’s even caused complications in small doses. It’s listed as a poisonous ingredient on the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus. And it’s known to stain your teeth.

Even commercial mouthwashes that don’t contain chlorhexidine contain ingredients known to cause all those scary things already mentioned above.

Remember—accidentally ingest and you should contact the Poison Control Center.

Triphala wins.

If you ‘overdose’ on the detoxifying Triphala, the worst that could happen is an extreme downward cleansing experience.

It’s Triphala’s antibacterial properties that are thought to make it such an effective mouthwash.

All natural, it’s made up of three berries: amalaki, bibhitaki, and haritaki. It’s an Ayurvedic herbal formulation that’s long been used for its many health promoting effects.

So, the Triphala mouthwash how to:

Mix half a teaspoon of organic Triphala powder with half a cup of warm water.

Swish it around in your mouth as you would any mouthwash.


This amount is good for general oral health. If you are using Triphala as an alternate to Chlorhexidine to target a specific problem, use one teaspoon of Triphala.

The only downside to Triphala mouthwash is its somewhat sour and bitter taste—there’s nothing minty-fresh about it. But it nonetheless gives a clean feeling and if you’ve already lost your taste for artificial sweeteners after switching to natural toothpaste, you probably won’t mind.

Triphala mouthwash gives us yet another way to keep our daily routine natural.

Good for your body, good for the environment.


Reference: Shobha Tandon, Kunal Gupta, Sugandhi Rao, K. J. Malagi. “Effect of Triphala Mouthwash on the Caries Status.” International Journal of Ayurveda Research Apr-Jun (2010): 93–99. NCBI. Web. 16 Oct. 2013.


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Mouthwash Jun 5, 2015 7:01am

i also avoid use of mouthwash that contains cetylpyridinium chloride . Following mouthwash contains such elements like:-
Cepacol® Mouthwash
Colgate® Plax Alcohol free Mouth rinse
Crest Pro-Health Mouth rinse (0.07-Percent with Cetylpyridinium Chloride)
Oral B Tooth and gum care
Cepacaine Mouth Wash
ACT Restoring Cool Splash

I think we should use natural mouthwash as it does not contain any such harmful and carsiogenic element.

Pooja Jan 12, 2015 1:09am

Its a great herb.It balances dosha.It should have been taken everyday in moderate quanity. Excess.Excess intake of this mixture can again lead to diarrhea in extreme cases. This mixture is highly laxative and may lead to frequent and loose stools. This may in turn lead to dehydration or in worst case diarrhea. If you experience any such thing then triphala intake should be stopped immediately or if taken it should be in very less dosages.

Rodolfo Oct 26, 2014 8:15pm

Thanks for sharing this information, it's very util !!!

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Julie Bernier

Julie Bernier teaches women the art of self-care so that they feel their healthiest and happiest in their own unique bodies. This holistic approach to individualized wellness is rooted in the ancient Indian knowledge of ayurveda: a complete medical science and way of life which explains that our wellbeing blossoms when we align ourselves with nature. Julie is a registered ayurvedic practitioner with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, a Certified Massage Therapist, and a classical hatha yoga teacher. She studied each of these modalities in the US and straight from their source in India. Connect with Julie at trueayurveda.com and check out her upcoming events in LA: ayurvedic cooking basics and ayurvedic skin care.