I love the idea of bringing old healing traditions into my life. It’s easy to overthink how we take care of ourselves, but the truth is, so many healing remedies are already in our pantry. I have recently brought this 3 step practice back into my life, and I love how I feel after doing it each morning. The benefits are far reaching and accomplish great results.
  1. Coconut/ Sesame Oil Swishing/ Pulling
    The first time I heard about pulling was from my Ayurvedic practitioner. Pulling is an ancient practice known for promoting oral health and overall detoxification of the body. I always use organic oils. As you hold the oil in your mouth (a tablespoon) the oil pulls bacteria, fungus and other harmful organisms from the mouth, teeth, gums, and throat. I swish the oil in my mouth for 10-15 minutes. My morning practice looks like this. I wake up, put the oil in my mouth and go back to bed and read for ten minutes. Then I spit out the oil and move on to the next step.
  2. Brushing Teeth/ Tongue Scraping– After I brush my teeth, I scrape my tongue. Tongue scraping is also an Ayurvedic practice. One of the great benefits is that it removes build up on the tongue that has accumulated overnight. Personally, one of the biggest benefits of tongue scraping is that it reduces the bacteria that causes bad breath, big bonus!! Also, by scraping away that bacteria you improve your ability to taste foods, which makes eating a more satisfying experience, so you eat less, and enjoy it more.
  3. Drink Lemon Water – The benefits of drinking this elixir first thing in the morning are amazing. In the winter, I drink it warm and with honey. I love how it has improved my digestion, skin, metabolism, and liver. It helps your PH and has an alkalizing effect on your body tissue. Lemon water is also very hydrating and helps you kick start your water intake for the day. It’s a win-win! I use half a lemon in eight to ten ounces of water and a teaspoon of honey, I love how it tastes and it starts my day on a sweet notes.

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