Tongue Scraping, an Ayurvedic Ritual

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Older research suggests that using a tongue scraper twice daily can improve your sense of taste. Tongue scraping also improves the appearance of your tongue, removes bacteria, reduces bad breath and improves overall health.

What is Tongue Scraping and Why should you start?

First of all, we should all brush our teeth before we eat breakfast – not only after! Otherwise, you will be eating with a foul mouth. You can start with oil pulling, then brush & floss your teeth, and finish with a tongue scraper.

Yes, using a tongue scraper is a good habit to implement in your morning and night routine to scrape your tongue after brushing your teeth. Bacteria don’t only accumulate on your teeth – what about the rest of your oral cavity? Your gums, tongue and throat, for example, all house bacteria. Cleaning the surface of the tongue is an important part of daily oral hygiene.

Gently scraping the tongue from the back to the front five to ten times, first thing in the morning after brushing the teeth can reduce the accumulation of toxic and bacterial substances that can lead to bad breath and disturbed digestion.

This quick and easy ritual can eliminate the white and sometimes yellowish coating found on the tongue, as well as enhance the function of taste buds, which stimulate the oral enzymes (the key sensory organ in digestion). When the brain and mind accurately perceive ‘taste’, only then does your food digest properly. Scraping the tongue stimulates this process, the digestive tract and your digestive fire.

A healthy tongue should be pink in colour and free from any coating. Your tongue is a map of your digestion, and it can really tell you what is going on in your gut. So, next time you wake up and go to brush your teeth, check out your tongue too. Is there stickiness or a coating? If so, then it’s definitely time to add tongue scraping to your morning routine!


Which type of tongue scraper should you buy?

I would recommend using a stainless steel or copper U-shaped scraper. You buy one online from AliExpress for example.

Tongue scrapers are inexpensive and now widely available, but a good-quality copper one will last a lifetime – copper is a non-toxic metal and has healing properties of its own, including healing mouth ulcers.


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Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil for Oral Hygiene

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Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This action helps drawing out toxins in your body, to improve your oral and overall health.

Benefits of Oil Pulling

There are some daily health rituals that you can follow on a day-to-day basis for the benefit of the self-development of both the mind and the body. Oil pulling is one of those simple little things that can help you to bring balance to your life.

Once you get Oil Pulling into your routine, you’ll wonder how you ever started the day without doing it. In the morning, most of the people usually only brush their teeth after they have breakfast, before leaving for work. The problem is that you are eating with a foul mouth, and it just doesn’t feel right! You should take care of your oral hygiene before food, right after you wake up.

Traditionally, in the ancient days, teeth were cleaned with the fingers or with a twig, using herbal powders and oil. I’m not suggesting you go back to chewing sticks, but there are a few subtle adjustments that can still help you improve your oral health. Not only for removing bad smells but to prevent diseases of teeth, mouth, ears, eyes, digestive and respiratory systems, and in some cases even of the heart.

Brushing in the morning before food prevents metabolic toxins accumulated overnight in the mouth from being reingested by your system, which cannot be further broken down by the liver.

Oil Pulling in 5 Easy Steps

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