4 Amazing Ayurvedic Rituals!

Ayurveda

The traditional Hindu system of medicine (incorporated in Atharva Veda, the last of the four Vedas), which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.

Oil Pulling
An ancient Ayurvedic ritual, it was introduced to the modern world in 1992 by Dr. F. Karach, MD. He said that oil pulling could cure a variety of illnesses from heart disease, digestive trouble and hormonal disorders. You've probably seen oil pulling sponsored ads on social media which has raised more awareness over the past few years but it's been around for centuries. The idea behind it is to swish an oil around in your mouth for about 20 mins and while you're doing this, it 'pulls' out bacteria & toxins. Some may experience headaches while doing this which are referred to as detox headaches.

How To  – On an empty stomach first thing in the morning, take a teaspoon or tablespoon (depending how much you can manage at first then work your way up) of cold pressed organic oil, melted if prefered, most favour coconut oil for its properties but you can use any vegetable based oil. Gently swish it in the mouth, similar to mouthwash but not as aggressive because you've got to do this for 20 minutes so you don't want to tire out your jaw. If you get into a routine such as get the oil in your mouth, dry body brush, shower - you've used a lot of time. The oil will get thicker as your saliva & toxins builds up with it but try not to swallow any as it's defeating the purpose, you're swallowing the toxins back into the body & we don't want that. Oil pulling helps to expel diseases causing toxins, allowing the body to heal.

Oil Pulling is said to have the following benefits:
Prevents bad breath
Healthier gums
Improved PMS symptoms
Increased energy
Improved lymphatic system
Clearer mind
Clearer sinuses
Brighter, whiter teeth
Alleviated allergies
Better sleep
Regulated menstrual cycles
Clearer skin
Decreased headaches

Tongue Scraping
I use to just scrap with my toothbrush but since looking in Ayurvedic rituals, I decided to get a copper tongue scraper instead of gold or silver because they say it's a bacteria-resistant metal, copper seems to be toxic to bad bacteria and provides the positive enzymes that are needed within the mouth.

How To  – Rinse your scraper before use. With a relaxed tongue, using a u-shaped tongue scraper, gently starting at the back of the tongue as far as you can go, bring the white gunk forward, rinsing the scraper after each pass, as you're taking off bacteria. Some sites say a little gag is okay as it brings up mucus and ama (accumulated toxins from diet, lifestyle and the environment.) from the back of the throat - trust me, it really does. Follow up by brushing, flossing and rinsing with water.
Some like to scrap their tongue after brushing & flossing but before rinsing their mouth. I've tried it before and after brushing my teeth - still not sure as to which way I prefer.

Tongue Scraping is said to have the following benefits:
Reduces bad breath
Clears & balances taste buds
Clears toxins & bacteria from the tongue
Improves overall oral hygiene

Dry Brushing
Dry Brushing is something I've written about on Dolce Vanity before, which you can read here. You don't necessarily see the benefits but you feel it. Drush brushing is amazing for stimulating the circulatory system, it stimulates the connective tissue attached to capillaries sitting under our skin, improving circulation to the heart, this is why we brush towards our heart. It helps stimulate your lymphatic systems - this acts like the body's filtration system. Lymph nodes act as filters to help rid our bodies of toxins and harmful organisms. While our blood has our heart to help pump blood around the body, our lymph system relies on external stimulations such as muscle movement & also dry brushing meaning if you're not that active it's beneficial to help you remove toxins and body waste daily.

How To  – Using a natural bristle body brush (you can get these from most health/organic stores) as they give the best results for exfoliation & stimulation. Making sure your skin & brush are dry, the best time to do this would be first thing in the morning before a bath or shower as you need to give the body a hydrotherapy. Starting on the left side of your body from your soles up your legs, arms back and torso stroke the brush towards the heart (on your fingers and feet you can stroke backwards and forwards working in between the separation) before working on the right side.

Dry Brushing is said to have the following benefits:
Stimulates the lymphatic system
Aids in detoxification through the skin
Removes dead skin cells
Improves circulation
Reduces cellulite


Abhyanga
Spending time to give yourself a self massage is an act of self love. Abhyanga is form of Ayurvedic massage using oils, nuturing your body and the therapeutic benefits of healing regularly. This could be done after dry brushing and while oil pulling.

How To  – Using a cold pressed organic oil with drops of an essential oil and combine them into a dish. Fill a basin with some warm water just enough to submerge the dish into, to warm up the oils. Already naked from dry brushing I begin with the crown of my head, it's a good opportunity to take time to massage the scalp, onto the face and circular motion on the forehead, temples, cheeks and jaw - always moving in an upward motion. Don't forget your ears and ear lobes - ah heavenly. Use long motions on the arms and legs, just like you did dry brushing towards the heart. Massage the torso & chest in wide, clockwise circular motions. Spend a few moments massaging your feet, fee being an important part of the body with nerve endings of essential organs. Let the oil absorb into the skin - this is why it's important to use an oil that your skin enjoys, prone to spots, use a non condegemic oil.

Abhyanga is said to have the following benefits:
Increased circulation, especially to nerve endings
Toning of the muscles and the whole physiology
Calming for the nerves
Lubrication of the joints
Increased mental alertness
Improved elimination of impurities from the body
Softer, smoother skin
Increased levels of stamina through the day
Better, deeper sleep at night


54 comments

  1. How interesting! I've heard a lot about oil pulling, but this is the best explanation I've seen!

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad this has helped you! Not a bad thing to practice, practice being the keyword lol.

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  2. I've never heard of this before, it does sound very interesting x

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    1. It's a good practice. When combined, so many great health benefits x

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  3. I've honestly never heard of this before! Sounds really interesting. I'm not sure I have the time to do it regularly but I would like to try and see x

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    1. Yes, I mentioned that to a friend people with busy mornings might find it hard, sometimes it's about multi-tasking but somethings really need time and care x

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  4. These sound so interesting, I'll definitely consider these one Sunday when I'm in desperate need for a pamper day x

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    1. Aw, I hope so Louise, it's a good thing to try! x

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  5. I love this article...I do all these things! I oil pull, dry brush and do foot massage. If people realised that these things aren't just about 'feeling better' but can have significant impact on your actual health, I think a lot more people would incorporate these into their daily regimens. I also use the Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils as part of the foot massage and occasionally with the oil pulling as well.

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    1. Thank you. I need to check those out. Thank you for mentioning them. This is true, these practices can have an overall impact on your health. Which in time pays off, doing it naturally and just dedicating a little time to yourself - that's a reward within itself.

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  6. Fully with you on self massage - it really is so good for you and I love to experiment with aromatherapy blends.

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    1. Me too! It's so relaxing and some of the blends you can try and find are just as fun to try out.

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  7. This is indeed a very interesting post that is very infirmative.

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    1. Thank you Nayna, glad you found it so.

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  8. I'm a big fan of dry brushing and do this daily. It's so great for exfoliating the skin and getting rid of the old layer.

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    1. Dry brushing is a must. It's amazing how much skin we can shed but also the stimulation it gives.

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  9. I do dry brushing as part of my exfoliating/ cleansing routine but tongue scraping sounds good, I used to do it with a toothbrush too

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    1. Was so easy with the toothbrush but I've found a scraper more beneficial x

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  10. This sounds really interesting! Great post

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate the comment Life-As-Mum.

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  11. It would be cool to try out some of these techniques. I'd love to see how I benefit from them.

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    1. Yes, it's nice to see such a shift in health benefits. Nothing overnight but it's certainly worth the practice.

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  12. I've heard of this before but never tried it. I'm such a wimp when it comes to weird textures in my mouth!

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    1. Haha can't lie I'm the same way, takes a little while to get use to the oil pulling!

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  13. That was an interesting read. I will admit that I never heard of this before. It would be cool to try this out. xx

    www.annanuttall.com

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes alternative health remedies but simple and can be done at home! x

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  14. So interesting! I've not heard of this before but I so want to try it X

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    1. It's good even to take up some of these practices to feel good :) x

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  15. I've heard some pretty fantastic things about oil pulling and have been meaning to give it a go. Thank you for the reminder!

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    1. You're welcome, I hope you give it a go at some point.

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  16. I keep hearing things about oil pulling but I haven't been brave enough to try it myself yet. Though I would definitely like to at some point.

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    1. It's become very popular thanks to social media. Not a bad thing to try.

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  17. These all sound so amazing and so beneficial, I guess my problem is I hate getting out of bed at the best of times, and would have to get up an hour earlier to do them all! Who knows though, It might just be worth it x

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    1. LOL, that's the thing it is a lot to do but you could probably multitask, shower while oil pulling lol x

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  18. I have been hearing a lot about oil pulling, and it's something I really want to try out.

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    1. Very popular, just find an vegetable oil base and get into some gentle swooshing lol.

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  19. This post is really interesting. I love learning about different skincare rituals. I do love dry brushing.

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    1. Thank you. Me too, I love dry brushing - the feel of it is so nice.

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  20. I like the sound of dry brushing and I feel like it would be something that would be beneficial to me. I am going to try oil pulling as well.

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    1. Dry brushing is amazing, it's a good habit to get into.

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  21. I've always wanted to try oil pulling. Great list!

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    1. Thank you Jemma, yes it seems to have such great properties.

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  22. Great suggestions! My mummy dry brushes occasionally, but the tongue scrapping is new to her!

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    1. Thanks, hopefully mummy, will get into tongue scraping.

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  23. Great tips, I need to look into getting a tongue scraper.

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    1. Yes, it's a good thing. I enjoy doing it - strange lol thank you!

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  24. This is such an interesting post! I definitely want to try oil pulling but it freaks me out a little, haha.

    Daniella | Freshly Pressed Beauty

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    1. Haha, I think for a lot of people it's having that oil in their mouth for such a time.

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  25. Didn't know about the many benefits. Thanks for sharing your experience! Regards Christoph

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    1. Yes, some great rituals and benefits. Thank you for the comment.

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  26. Great post! I keep hearing about oil pulling - I think I'm going to try it as it has so many benefits!

    Telina | Love, Telina

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    1. It does, something to give a go, you may love it.

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  27. Wow this is a fab post. Never heard of these methods before.

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    1. Thank you Stella, ah these ancient key rituals lol.

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