Triphala - Rejuvenate and Detox Your Body


Triphala: The Wonder Herb for Gentle Daily Detoxing

Triphala (“the three fruits”) consists of three of the most important Ayurvedic herbs. They are haritaki, amalaki, and bibhitaki. Triphala is tridoshic, meaning it rejuvenates and pacifies vata, pitta, and kapha. 

Most folks know about triphala’s detoxing effect on the digestive and elimination system, as it is one of the best remedies for chronic or travel-related constipation. However triphala is an excellent way to gently and effectively detox and rejuvenate the entire body. It's especially effective cleansing liver and intestines of toxins. 

Taken daily, triphala rejuvenates the digestive system, improving assimilation and absorption of nutrients. It nourishes bones, teeth, hair and nails. Triphala, because it's three fruits, is also chock full of flavonoids and antioxidants. 

Recommendations Based on Personal Experience

Triphala is usually taken as a tea at bedtime. I favor taking Ayurvedic herbs in powder format, as I want to experience the first stage of digestion on my tongue. However, when my schedule gets busy or when I travel, I prefer the tablet form of Triphala. Also, some folks either don’t like the taste of herbs or prefer convenience of tablets. So, Maharishi Ayurveda offers this option, in the food supplement, Digest Tone. The tablets are easy to take, especially during summer travels.

When placing order at  Maharishi Ayurveda or (800.255.8332) mention my name at check out and receive savings. I recommend the products at Maharishi Ayurveda for several reasons. The herbs are organic and sustainably harvested. They work with farmers to ensure fair trade practices. And finally, the products are formulated by a Council of 80 Ayurvedic Physicians in accordance with ancient Vedic texts.

The Gift of Health

From an Ayurvedic standpoint, the three herbs in Triphala are as precious as gold, frankincense, and myrrh. When the digestive system is balanced, the body's other vital systems are nourished and supported.

When we experience balanced health, we are able to enjoy summertime travels and vacations.  Summer picnics and road trip snacks are better enjoyed when the digestion is strong and  balanced. 

Easter Vigilantes & Holy Renegades

The past three days I’ve been causing a ruckus.

A sacred ruckus. At Old Mission Santa Barbara church.

Holy Thursday. Good Friday. Saturday Evening Vigil.

Three days of experiencing the mystery of faith, without needing to solve or figure anything out. Three days to just experience rituals, beauty, music, chants, prayers, and most importantly, solitude juxtaposed with community.

It’s now almost midnight on Saturday. I am too tuckered to write a new piece, so I am sharing my Instagram posts from this past holy week. They portray my experience, where I found by surrendering my old daily schedule, I created a new adventure that restored my faith and reignited my creative spark. 

Holy juxtaposition.

Palm Sunday cross. Irish ancestral painting.

In our solitude, we often find holy communion, as well as random grace.

THIS is the holy juxtaposition I've been experiencing all week through little, random, sacred moments. Like how Holy Week is full of sacraments, retrogrades and tax returns. Palm fronds, sacred oils, full moons, and colored eggs. Priests, Astrologists, Rabbis, and CPAs.

As John Prine wrote, "it's a big ole goofy world", this communion of saints and sinners, and apostles and renegades. Thankful for Divine grace, Jesus love, and Holy Spirit camaraderie.

Good Friday. Rugged cross. Smiling Jesus.

My Dad carved this cross when he was a young boy. Jesus on the cross through the eyes of a child. The crown of thorns. Nail marks. And a smile. A smile. Not the typical crucifixion emotion or mood of Good Friday.  And yet, maybe it is, through the eyes of a child who sees Jesus as a trusted, faithful, and loving friend.

This cross reminds me of sacred innocence. And holy gifts of Hope. Grace. Love. Perhaps this is the mystery of a life lived as Christ. To keep smiling, knowing Divine love and resurrection always dawns and dispels hate and darkness.

Easter tombs. Mystery wombs.

Love conspires. Vigil fires.

Comfort shakened. Hearts awakened.

Sacred beads. Glory leads.

Triduum pause. Blessed cause.

Life & death. Sacred breath.

Hope venerated. Faith consecrated.

Solemn veneration. Joyful celebration. .


Moments cocooned in mystery and faith

always give birth to new life and beauty.

This Easter, may you be cocooned in mystery, grace, and love. And may you rise to mystery’s invitation to manifest and share your unique gifts with the world. Gifts which bring you great joy. Gifts which bring light and love to others.

Happy Easter & BIG hugs,