As I mentioned in my post last week, I’m going to write about another oral detoxing method and it’s called tongue scraping.
Tongue scraping is also an Ayurvedic cleansing practice, but it’s used to remove bacteria, fungi, toxins and dead cells from the surface of your tongue. If you’ve ever noticed a white coating on your tongue, you will probably want to look into this cleansing method.
How to tongue scrap:
- Buy a tongue scraper, also referred to as a tongue cleaner. You can find one at most grocery stores, drug stores, online or your dentist’s office.
- Using the tongue scraper, apply light pressure and stroke a section of your tongue in one long stroke from the back of your tongue to the front.
- Rinse the scraper. Continue to scrape sections of your tongue until you have covered your entire tongue (the amount of “sections” you break your tongue into will depend on the size of your scraper).
- Scrape the other sections of your tongue until you have covered your entire tongue.
- Repeat. Do this a few times until your tongue is free of the white coating and feels clean.
It’s important to note that brushing your tongue does not have the same affect as scraping your tongue. Brushing your tongue just moves the bacteria around, while scraping your tongue actually removes the bacteria. Scraping your tongue is important in preventing the toxins on your tongue from being reabsorbed by the body. Thus, improving your oral health and your immune system. It can also improve bad breath and your taste buds!
I found both of these methods to be fairly easy and inexpensive. Although oil pulling and tongue scraping can a little disgusting, just be glad you don’t have to wash your mouth with soap!
Stay lively my friends,
– The Lively Lymie