Recently, I discovered this thing call Ayurveda and fell in love! Ayurveda is an ancient form of medicine from India that is still practiced today. Ayurveda uses diet, herbs, natural supplements, and lifestyle changes for healing, health, and longevity. I’m no expert when it comes to Ayurveda but I have been reading about it and have implemented some Ayurvedic rituals in my own daily routine that I love!
I first discovered Ayurveda when I was listening to a podcast interview with Sahara Rose. Sahara Rose is the Best-Selling Author of the Idiot’s Guide To Ayurveda book. During the podcast that I listened to, she spoke about how she had tried many different diets that were supposed to be healthy but never really worked for her either because she lost too much weight, had no energy, or just didn’t feel right, which I could definitely relate to. Eventually, she discovered Ayurveda and learned what foods to eat, how to workout, and what lifestyle changes to implement based on her Dosha, or her body type. I was fascinated with her journey and decided to look into Ayurveda myself! (If you’re interested in listening to this podcast, you can find it here.)
What I found was amazing, and I’ve continued to study Ayurveda since I first discovered it a few months ago. I’ve learned so much about what foods work best for me, what spices I should use and when, and how to use food and spices to help me stay healthy. But my favorite things that I have started to implement are a few Ayurveda rituals into my morning routine that I will share with you today. Most of us do a version of these rituals already, but with a little variation, it can become so much better!
My favorite Ayurveda rituals:
1. Dry Brushing
Dry brushing is the process of using a coarse brush like the one above to brush the dead skin cells, toxins, and other wastes from your skin. Your skin is one of the main sources that your body detoxifies from so the surface often contains loads of toxins and dead skin cells that should be removed. Dry brushing is very similar to using a loofah or a washcloth in the shower. However, it is actually more effective to brush the toxins off without water before you shower and then wash your body to get any remaining toxins off during your shower.
I started dry brushing before I showered every morning and it has made a huge difference on my skin. I’ve always had sensitive skin and eczema but the dry brushing helped reduce the bumps from the eczema and made my skin so much softer in only a few days and has continued to improve the longer I do it. This only takes me about 2 minutes to do so it isn’t hard to implement.
2. Tongue Scraping
Tongue scraping is the process of using a metal scraper like the one above to scrape the toxins that build up throughout the day and overnight off of your tongue. This is very important because when you leave the toxins on your tongue, then you swallow them throughout the day and they stay in your system. This process is similar to when you brush your tongue with your toothbrush while brushing your teeth. However, brushing your tongue with a toothbrush actually pushes the toxins into your tongue further. A metal tongue scraper is much better at removing the toxins and build up.
I started doing this every morning as well and was surprised by how much I was able to scrape off each day. I run the scraper from the back of my tongue to the front about 10 times each morning. Since I have started doing this, I have noticed that I do not have the white coating that many people have on my tongue anymore. I also started tasting food more after a couple weeks of implementing this ritual.
3. Oil Massaging
Oil massaging is the process of replenishing your skins nutrients by rubbing oil on your body. Our skin can become very dried out and malnourished after taking a shower and it can become better or worse based on the season. Oil massaging is similar to putting lotion on except that many lotions are water-based and contain many toxins. When you use regular lotion, the water typically evaporates off and you leave many chemicals and toxins on your skin. If you use oil instead, it will give your skin the nourishment that it needs without any of the added toxins! How often you should do this depends on your body type. If you are someone who has dry skin, then you will probably need to do this once a day or once every other day. If you have oily skin, once or twice a week may be sufficient.
I personally have extremely dry skin, especially in the winter, so I do this almost every morning. The Ayurveda technique is to use pure sesame, almond, or coconut oil and let it soak in. However, I prefer to make my own body butter mixture using coconut oil, almond oil, and shae butter so that it is a little less greasy but just as nourishing. I used to have to put lotion on several times a day and would still have dry skin. Now, I do this once in the morning and my skin stays soft and nourished all the way until the next day! The combination of dry brushing and oil massaging has improved the look, feel, and texture of my skin so much in only a few months.
Want to learn more?
I would encourage you to implement these three simple Ayurveda rituals into your routine and see how you like it. If you’re interested about learning more Ayurveda rituals or about the different mind and body types, how to eat for your body type, what workouts are best for you, and many many other things that can improve the quality of your life, I would encourage you to read Idiots Guide to Ayurveda. It is a great introductory book for someone who has not heard of it before and I learned so much that I have been able to implement into my life for the better!
Mindset & Habit Coach