Popular Ayurvedic Remedies
Tongue CleaningPossibly one of the best and most well known Ayurvedic remedies is tongue cleaning. This daily morning practice gently removes unwanted toxins (ama) from the tongue and mouth. By doing so, it significantly reduces the possibility of an imbalance in your digestive and gastrointestinal system. With your mouth open and tongue extended out, place the tongue cleaner towards the back of your tongue and gently scrape the coating on your tongue forward and out of the mouth. Rinse your tongue cleaner and repeat a few times until your tongue is clean.
Oil PullingYou may be familiar with oil pulling and its benefits already, but did you know this trendy practice has its roots in Ayurveda? Oil pulling is the ritual of swishing oil in your mouth and through your teeth for up to 20 minutes to support overall health. Practicing daily will help remove toxins from your mouth, strengthen your gums and eliminate bad breath. Ayurveda suggests choosing a balancing oil for your dosha type when practicing. Use sesame oil if you are Vata dominant because it is warm and heavy. Pitta is recommended to use coconut oil because it is cool and heavy. Try sunflower oil if you are Kapha dominant because it is light and dry.
Dry Brushing - GarshanaFor clear and smooth skin, Ayurveda suggests practicing garshana (pronounced gar-shun-uh) as needed. Garshana is a massage known as dry brushing. It is a popular Ayurvedic remedy to detoxify the lymphatic system and refresh your skin. Our lymphatic system is essentially our body's sewer system and does not move on its own, so it is important to practice this regularly. The lymphatic system needs intentional stimulation. However, garshana can be invigorating and is best for Kapha types and during the spring season. Vata and Pitta types should enjoy as needed.
Abhyanga MassageThe art of massage! Abhyanga is an Ayurvedic massage with healing oils. It is one of the biggest expressions of self-love and will help improve self-esteem by deeply nourishing your entire body. Administered by a practitioner or at home for yourself, abhyanga improves the function of your:
- Immune system
- Helps stabilizes your mind
- Reduces injuries to the body by keeping muscles and joints fluid
- Increases circulation and lymphatic drainage
- Promotes longevity