We’re giving credit where credit is due. To the OG of “clean self-care,” Ayurvedic practices. While natural beauty, wellness, and skincare items may seem trendy today, in ancient India, healers perfected the art and science of natural beauty generations ago - over 5,000 years to be exact.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the oldest practice of holistic medicine and healing that is still used today. As consumers are increasingly becoming more aware and conscious about natural skincare and beauty products, Ayurvedic remedies are spreading ancient wisdom in our tech-obsessed, contemporary world. Ayurveda is a lifestyle system that focuses on the belief that a person's wellness depends on an ideal balance of mind, body, and spirit.
“It can be used for overall health or to treat and prevent illnesses through various lifestyle choices and practices.”
Popular Ayurvedic Daily Practices
We've chosen our three favourite Ayurvedic practices to keep your body, teeth, digestive tract, and skin in tip-top shape.
Ayurvedic Tongue Scraping for an Oral Detox
Scraping your tongue is the kind of thing that if you've never tried it, you don't really care about, but once you give it a go, you'll be wondering where this little device has been your entire life.
To put things simply, our tongues can be, well, kind of gross. Things like debris, dead cells, germs, and bacteria can attach to the tongue over time - leading to bad breath, poor oral hygiene, and a negative impact on your overall health. Routine scraping with a copper tongue cleaner can help banish bad breath, remove bacteria, and save on expensive dentist visits.
Is there anything tongue scraping can't do? If you've never thought about oral hygiene from an Ayurvedic perspective, it can do more than just make your breath more kissable. Tongue cleaning can also help keep you regular if you know what we mean.
Our copper tongue cleaner is bacteria-resistant, and using it first thing every morning (before brushing & flossing) will do the trick. Beware not all tongue scrapers are created equal. We opted for copper for its antimicrobial properties. It’s more resistant than stainless steel and better for the environment than plastic scrapers. All you have to do is scrape from the back of the tongue to the front five times, being sure to rinse every time.
The Practice of Ayurvedic Oil Pulling Can Transform Your Dental Health
Along with the tongue cleaner, part of Ayurveda's daily mouth routine is oil pulling. Oil pulling first thing in the morning is just as basic as brushing your teeth in Ayurveda. It's one of those can't live without must-haves that when you forget to do it - you notice a difference. Oil pulling, aka "gundusha," is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique to help draw out toxins in the body.
Whether using oil pulling for gums, detoxing, or you're just trying to improve your overall health, our unique blend of Oil Pulling Oil is made with your taste buds in mind. Oil pulling is similar to a natural mouthwash, but instead of swishing for 60 seconds, you swish a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes. We know, 20 minutes - that seems a little excessive. But trust us, the oil pulling benefits are worth it.
Oil Pulling Benefits at a Glance:
- Helps whiten teeth
- Helps remove plaque, bacteria and keep bad breath at bay
- May help treat tooth decay
- Helps soothe bleeding gums
- Prevent cavities
- May even prevent heart disease
To use our Oral Swishing Oil - Oil Pulling Oil, place 1 tablespoon of oil in your mouth, and start swishing. You have time to spare here, so we recommend watching an episode of Friends, replying to the day's emails, online shopping, or reading a book. We added mint to our oil to make it taste great and offer you even more bad-breath killing properties. The time goes by faster than you'd think. Once finished, spit it into the toilet bowl and head to bed for the night.
Ayurvedic Dry Brushing Daily Routine
You Brush Your Hair and Your Teeth, right? What About Your Skin?
For when you need a little more R&R Ayurvedic-style, dry brushing is the self-love tool you'll want to keep in your arsenal. Dry brushing is essentially exactly what you'd probably think it is. It's brushing dry skin with a dry body brush in a particular pattern before you shower. But what may surprise you here are the benefits of dry brushing.
Dry Brushing Benefits You May Have Never Heard Before:
- It promotes lymphatic support (prevents stagnation and thickening of the lymph)
- Releases toxins in the body
- Improves blood circulation
- Exfoliates away dead skin cells (softer, healthier-looking skin)
- Cleans out the gunk left behind in pores ( paves the way for toxins to be excreted)
- Reduces cellulite by breaking up fat deposits
- Provides a natural energy boost (likely due to increased circulation)
Our Ayurvedic dry-brushing Garshana Dry Body Brush not only feels great but also helps the body rid itself of cellular waste. Garshana directly translates to “friction by rubbing” in Sanskrit, so we thought the name was totally fitting. Give yourself a rubdown to experience the combination of a soothing massage and thorough exfoliation.
To use our dry body brush to buff away dead skin cells, start from the bottom of your body ( feet) and work your way up. The best part? It only takes 5 minutes! Using short, soft strokes, always brush toward the center of the body. It's best to dry brush your bod in the morning right before you shower. It will help wake you up and create a positive mindset for the rest of the day. Follow up with a shower and then apply our Love Your Body Oil to keep your skin looking supple and hydrated.
While Ayurvedic practices are nothing new, these alternatives to more traditional self-care treatments may be brand new to some. From oil pulling, scraping off tongue residue, and brushing your body as much as you brush your hair, Ayurvedic practices are challenging mainstream practices - and we think that's pretty rad!