Sounds a bit weird, right?

So we brush our teeth in the morning and we have been sold a variety of tools and products for our dental health to cure the unwanted dog's breath/morning breath, furry mouth - or whatever you like to call it, yet nothing seems to work. It’s fair to say no one enjoys waking up with a stale taste in their mouth - so let me introduce you to one of my favourite ayurvedic rituals - tongue scraping.

The ancient Ayurvedic practice of tongue scraping has so many benefits, particularly when added to a daily practice. As far as oral health and overall physical health seeing as the oral cavity is one of the main connections between your mind/body and the environment, maintaining the health of this connection is critical to general well-being. We also know that our oral health is incredibly important for our digestion, heart health and even mental health - with 90% of serotonin our happy, calm, content hormone being produced in the gut.

Daily tongue scraping removes build-up on the tongue, which can cause bad breath. This simple, painless (although slightly ticklish) practice is a direct way of removing Ama from your physiology. In Ayurveda practice, Ama refers to the accumulation of toxic residue in the mind-body. This build up can be a result of poor digestion, poor dietary choices or a reflection of an imbalance somewhere else in the gastrointestinal system.

By removing this coating on your tongue you improve your ability to taste your food, which makes it less likely you’ll overeat in search of flavour! By increasing your taste receptivity, not only do you eat less but you also eliminate the pull of sugar, salt, or excessive flavourings such as chili and garlic to make the food more flavorful. Digestion actually begins in the mouth so any way you can improve this communication between your mouth and your body is going to be beneficial for your health.

Tongue scraping on a daily basis is not only invigorating, but by removing the coating and stimulating the tongue this helps to balance the heavy and dulling qualities of Kapha dosha in your physiology. The best tongue scrapers are gold, silver, copper or stainless steel - be sure to wash it with hot water after use and store in a clean, dry place. Hello, fresh breath!!

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Jasmine Hemsley