My 3 everyday Ayurvedic rituals
Tried and tested for centuries
Translates to the ‘science of life’
〰️ Ayurveda is the oldest holistic health system there is. Originating in India 5,000+ years ago, it's been tried and tested for centuries.
A prevention-oriented health system, focused on a balance of mind and body to support your full wellbeing via lifestyle practices. Here are my favourite three rituals from Ayurveda.
1. Tongue scraping
Tongue scraping involves using a curved piece of metal to remove toxins that have accumulated overnight, it also helps to kick-start digestion.
I do this every morning as soon as I wake up, it’s super simple and takes literally seconds. Once you start seeing what your body has detoxed and accumulated on your tongue overnight, you won't be able to not tongue scrape! Simply rinse off the tool with warm water once done. If you don't have a tongue scraper (available at most health food shops) you can use a spoon or even your toothbrush on your tongue.
Abhyanga is essentially a form of self massage. It improves circulation, moisturises the skin and lubricates the tissues and joints. I like to do this after a shower but you can also do it during showering or in the bath, it can just leave a bit of oil on the surfaces in these instances.
Liberally apply warm untoasted sesame oil (winter) or cool coconut oil (summer) all over your body. Start at your feet and work your way up top your head massaging the oil into your skin. Using circular motions on joints and your stomach and long smooth strokes on the long bones such as your legs and arms.
3. Avoid cold water and drinks
According to Ayurveda consuming cold drinks results in sluggish digestion and can also lead to the production of ama (toxicity).
Instead, I drink my water at room temperature and if I'm out I simply ask for no ice in my drink/smoothie etc.
Three simple rituals, that have made a difference to my health and my mind body connection. All for very little money and very little time, easily incorporated into a daily routine.