Tongue scraping: White material that builds up overnight on your tongue is nothing but the digestive impurities. You will see the white material when you are very sick and cannot taste the food. It is a way of system getting rid of toxins. To clear the toxin on tongue, Ayurveda suggests tongue scraping or Jihwa prakashalana. Not scraping of cleaning the tongue can compromise the immune system as well as digestion. Leaving the white material without cleaning it will lead to absorption of toxins by body.
After brushing the teeth use a tongue cleaner and gently scrape the tongue from back to front. Check your tongue, if there is still white material is sitting repeat scraping gently. After cleaning the tongue, wash the tongue scraper with hot water.
Tooth brushing: Ayurveda suggests using the toothpaste based on the season. Cold weather not only damages skin, it damages lips and cause toothache or sensitivity in teeth. For this reason, Ayurveda suggests using toothpastes that have ingredients suitable for the teeth in that season.
For example, during winter brushing toothpaste made from herbs that have heating effect are recommended – toothpaste with cinnamon, bilva, clove and haritaki (Terminalia chebula) is good for the oral health. It improves blood circulation in gums and tongue. During summer, use toothpaste that have any of these ingredients – mint, peppermint, sage and or coconut oil. During spring – toothpastes with Neem, pomegranate, triphala are helpful.
Most important is to brush and clean the tongue every morning as part of your day’s routine.
Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: April 13, 2020