Tongue scraping is the ancient Ayurvedic practice of cleansing your tongue.
It’s said to improve digestive and oral health, support the immune system, and clear toxic bacteria and residue.
I’ve been tongue scraping for over two years. And now, it’s become an essential part of my morning routine. Tongue scraping is a simple, fast, and natural way to freshen breathe, strengthen immunity, and even improve digestion and gut health.
What is tongue scraping?
Tongue scraping is the ancient Ayurvedic practice of cleaning your tongue by scraping away old bacteria and toxins using a curved, metal scraper. Our tongue naturally accumulates toxic debris throughout the day and while we sleep, so it’s important to cleanse our mouth regularly to get rid of the build up.
Research shows regularly scraping our tongue improves oral health and prevents tooth decay. The white coating that builds up on our tongue consists of thousands of toxic bacterial strains. These organisms weaken our immune system and contribute to a variety of dental problems. And according to Ayurveda, tongue scraping can even improve digestive health by clearing microbes that interfere with our healthy gut bacteria.
Plus, it’s an easy and effective way to freshen our breathe naturally!
How to tongue scrape
Step 1 - Purchase a tongue scraper. You can find them at most drugstores or health food shops for as little as $10. If you don’t have access to a proper scraper, use the back of a large metal spoon!
Step 2 - Go in front of a mirror, and stick out your tongue.
Step 3 - Place the tongue scraper (or spoon) as far back on your tongue as you can. Then, gently glide the scraper towards the front. You’ll see the white coating on your tongue begin to scrape off.
Step 4 - Rinse off the collected bacteria into the sink, and repeat the process 2-5 times until the tongue is clear.
Step 5 - Repeat every morning, preferably first thing before drinking or eating.
I personally notice my mouth tastes so. much. better. after tongue scraping. Now that I’m in the habit, I can’t start my day without doing it. You’ll quickly realize just how much bacteria builds up on your tongue overnight, or in accordance to eating certain foods. I also feel like I get sick less since beginning to tongue scrape religiously. Maybe a coincidence, maybe not!
Have you tried tongue scraping?
What are your thoughts?
Would you consider adding it to your wellness routine?