Ayurvedic Eye Wash | Netra Prakshalana

Published: Oct 4, 2021 | Revised: Apr 25, 2024
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

Ayurvedic Eye Wash | Netra Prakshalana

Ayurvedic Medicine recommends cleaning the eyes with an eye wash at least once per week (or whenever you feel like it’s needed) to soothe and moisturize the eyes, maintain eye health, and get rid of the eyes feeling dry, fatigued, and strained. In Ayurveda, this procedure is called Netra Prakshalana, part of the daily Dinacharya Self-Care routine.

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To clean the eyes with an eye wash, you use an eye wash cup (you can find those in any drugstore or pharmacy) and, for instance, organic and clean floral water, such as rosewater or lavender water. In India, people typically use Triphala Kashaya, an herbal decoction prepared out of the three herbs Haritaki, Vibhitaki and Amalaki.

To wash the eyes (one by one), you first fill an eye wash cup with the liquid you will use. Then you bend forward pressing the cup on your eye socket (eye closed), lift and tilt your head with the eye cup, and let the liquid fill the cavity of your closed eye. Then you open your eye and let the liquid come in touch with your eye while blinking a few times. By the way, and perhaps needless to mention, but you shouldn’t wear makeup during this activity.

Of course, if you have any specific eye conditions or problems, always check first with your physician or professional healthcare provider if you can do an eye wash, and if so, what type of liquid is best to use.

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