I really appreciate the concept of bringing old healing traditions into my daily regime so I wanted to share my three-step morning healing practice. It’s easy to overthink our self-care, but if we look around we can find so many healing remedies already in our kitchens. I recently brought this three-step practice back into my life, and I love how I feel each morning after completing it. The benefits are far-reaching.
1. Oil Pulling: Also known as oil swishing, oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice known for promoting oral health and overall detoxification of the body. Coconut oil (you could also use sesame oil) acts as a cleanser, and when worked through the teeth and gums pulls bacteria, fungus, and other harmful organisms from the mouth, teeth, gums, and throat. It is a powerful antiseptic and is more effective at cleaning the teeth and gums than flossing, brushing and gargling. It can also prevent tooth decay and brighten teeth. It’s a gentle way to ease into the day with huge benefits.
How to oil pull: Measure out 1–2 teaspoons of organic coconut oil or sesame oil and put it in your mouth. Swish it around, working through your teeth and gums for 10 to 15 minutes without swallowing (I go back into bed and read while I do this). Spit out the oil into your wastebasket so as not to harm your septic system.
2. Tongue Scraping:
After I brush my teeth, I scrape my tongue, another Ayurvedic practice. One of its great benefits is that it removes buildup on the tongue that has accumulated overnight. That means it reduces the bacteria that can cause bad breath—a big bonus! Scraping away that bacteria also improves your ability to taste food, which makes eating a more satisfying experience so you can consume less and enjoy it more.
How to scrape your tongue: Tongue Scrapers can be purchased online or at your local health food store. Begin at the back of the tongue, as close to the throat as is comfortable, and move toward the front of the tongue. I wash my scraper off after each stroke. I scrape my tongue three to five times, as needed.
3. Drinking Lemon Water:
The benefits of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning are many. I love how it improves my digestion, makes my skin brighter and helps me to metabolize foods more efficiently. It helps balance pH and has healing, alkalizing effects on your body’s systems overall. Lemon water is very hydrating and helps you kick-start your water intake for the day.
How to make lemon water: Squeeze half a lemon into 8 to 10 ounces of water and drink. In the winter, I enjoy it warm with a teaspoon of honey stirred in.
Many years ago when I was healing through Lyme disease, my naturopath recommended I use as many natural/plant-based products as possible (toothpaste, soap, body lotion, shampoo, face cream, etc.). This took me on a quest for learning that has brought so much curiosity and joy to my life. I hope you found my three-step morning healing practice helpful. If this is something you’re interested in too, stay tuned for more supportive rituals, let’s explore together.
Next week, I’ll speak about the wondrous benefits of essential oils and the many healing opportunities that surround them.
In light and love,