TONGUE SCRAPING For detoxifying & mental clarity!
So we’re back with our amazing “under 10 minutes ritual series” that will enhance your health like never before! Did you enjoy the last email on oil pulling? And more importantly, did you try it?
Today we’re diving in another super-potent ritual to improve overall oral hygiene in a natural way that’s called: tongue scraping. Now before you squint your eyebrows in displeasure let me reassure you that it’s super easy and after a few times you will LOVE IT, promise….
So why should you scrape your lovely little tongue?
The tongue is the first major organ in the body to come into contact with food. Undigested food particles that linger upon the tongue—often manifesting as a thick coat—can prevent the tongue from fully tasting flavours, bad breath, unwanted toxicity within the body, and over time, poor oral hygiene. Maybe you even noticed at times a white-coloured coating on your tongue and wonderred what the heck it was? Well, now you know…
Tongue scraping, or jihwa prakshalana, is a traditional part of daily Ayurvedic self-care rituals and also a great way to check-in with your body each morning. The colour of the coating as well as the quantity or thickness of it is a good indication as to whether or not your body was able to digest the food you consumed the previous day.
A little bit of tongue colour-coding…
So back to the coating found on the tongue as mentioned above, you’ll be surprised to learn that it changes colour according to your dosha! For example, if the ama (the Ayurvedic word for “toxin” aka that coat!) on your tongue is more on the white side, then it’s related to the Kapha dosha. If the coat is yellowish we are talking about the Pitta ama and if it tends to be more on the brown or grey side, then we’re talking about the Vata dosha. (You don’t know your dosha yet? Take our quiz here.)
How does tongue scraping actually work?
I suggest you scrape your tongue after the oil pulling.
Use either a stainless steel or copper tongue scraper (you can order a good one online for under 10$). There are plastic tongue scrapers out there, but if possible I would recommend getting a good quality stainless steel or copper one.
Stick your tongue out and allow it to be loose and heavy. Work the tongue scraper back to the front five to seven times, rinsing the scraper after each round. Just remember not to scrape too hard or you may actually injure your tongue!
Follow with flossing and a large glass of warm or room temperature water. Drinking warm water first thing-provides a gentle flush for the GI tract and the kidneys.
Continue on with breakfast and then brush your teeth with a good quality natural toothpaste.
There you have it, the art of tongue scraping :) I hope I’ve convinced you to try this super-potent yet easy ritual and see for yourself how much better your mouth will feel after a few tries...
To your health and inner beauty,
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