Have you ever experienced waking up with an unpleasant taste in your mouth and a coating on your tongue? This is usually an indication of what you consumed the previous day or if you have an upset stomach, and the coating can persist on your tongue. Tongue scrapping can fix this.
Tongue scraping is an essential part of my Ayurvedic morning routine and is as non-negotiable as brushing my teeth, occupying a prominent position on my list of morning rituals.
Why is it important?
Tongue scraping is one of the best ways to eliminate unwanted toxins from your body. The layer of coating on your tongue that you experience in the morning is actually a buildup of toxins and bacteria from the previous day, which are referred to as digestive impurities or Ama. If left unattended, these impurities can negatively impact the functioning of your digestive system.
Frequently, these toxins have travelled from the gut and have accumulated in your mouth overnight. By practising tongue scraping, you prevent the toxins from re-entering your body and also reduce the presence of bacteria responsible for causing unpleasant mouth odours.
Tongue scraping not only cleanses your tongue but also enhances your sense of taste. By removing the buildup on your tongue, your taste buds can fully appreciate and intensify the flavours of your food.
How to use a tongue scraper.
Firstly you need to chose the right tongue scraper for your Ayurvedic constitution. It is recommended to use a stainless steel or copper scraper, as they are easy to clean after each use.
To use a tongue scraper, begin by brushing your teeth, then place the scraper at the back of your tongue and gently scrape the surface of your tongue forward around five times. Finally, rinse the scraper with hot water to ensure it is clean.