Daily Ayurvedic Practices that are worth a try3 minute
By Likita Gowda
The ancient Science of Ayurveda is a gift to the world. And some of its practices and rituals are gaining immense popularity across the globe. These easy practices that can be done at home are definitely worth a try for a clean, healthy and radiant body. Wondering what these rituals are and are you looking to incorporate them in your daily life? Then read on to know more.
Tongue Scraping & not eating or drinking before brushing your teeth
It is a very important practice in ayurveda to not eat or drink anything before you brush your teeth and scrape your tongue. This is because a lot of bacteria and toxins are present in our oral cavities and ingesting anything without cleaning the area would mean that these bacteria get absorbed into our body and cause imbalances in digestion, cause skin problems, affect our immune system etc. So as a practice always brush your teeth and follow it up with scraping your tongue with a metal scraper to remove bacteria and toxins. Notice a positive change in your health after you’ve incorporated tongue scraping as a daily practice.
This is yet another ayurvedic practice that is super beneficial. Oil pulling can significantly improve your oral health as it can whiten your teeth, remove bad breath and take care of your jaw and gums. All that you would need to do is take a spoonful of coconut oil (or almond or sesame oil) and swish it around your mouth for 10-15 minutes. This will help remove all the oil-soluble toxins from your mouth. This ritual aids in the production of saliva which in turn helps in better digestion.
Drink warm water or room temperature water & say no to cold water
It is not recommended to drink cold water according to Ayurveda. Cold water can slow down your digestion as it diminishes or dampens your digestive fire or agni. This can in turn lead to a slower blood flow and metabolism as well. So to avoid these digestive problems and metabolism concerns, Ayurveda recommends sipping on warm water or room temperature water. We have specifically used the word sipping because again there is an art of drinking water. One shouldn’t gulp it down in a hurry or drink it standing. Whenever you want to drink water ensure that you sit and drink it. Ideally start your day with a glass of warm water for maximum benefits.
Garshana or dry brushing is another really popular and beneficial ayurvedic ritual. This process of dry brushing your body has a host of wonderful benefits. It helps remove dead skin cells, improves lymphatic drainage & blood circulation, unclogs pores and ensures good oxygen flow to your skin. This can also help improve the appearance of your skin by reducing cellulite. Always start dry brushing from your feet and legs & move in the direction of your heart. Use upwards strokes with gentle pressure. In your abdomen area brush in a counter-clockwise direction.
A self oil massage is not only relaxing but also helps nurture your skin. This step is often recommended after you’ve dry brushed your skin. Once the dead skin cells are off & your skin is clean post dry brushing, your skin will absorb the oils better. It is recommended to use oils that are light and that can get easily absorbed by your skin. The direction of oil massaging is similar to dry brushing. Start from your feet and move upwards in the direction of your heart. Before massaging the oil onto your body, always warm the oil between the palms of your hands and then apply it with a gentle pressure using upward strokes. Rest assured that this practice will not only leave you feeling relaxed but will also nourish your skin and improve your blood & lymph circulation.