It has come to my attention that not everyone scrapes their tongue first thing in the morning.
And that they might be interested in learning about such things.
So for you curious, voyeur-types, here are the three things I do every single morning. BONUS that you actually get a video of all of these things at the end.
First, I scrape my tongue.
Disclaimer: once you scrape your tongue, there's no going back. You'll wonder why you haven't heard of this before and you'll never be able to not scrape it again.
An Ayurvedic practice, tongue scraping is said to help remove the bacteria, toxins and dead cells that grow on the tongue overnight. Keeping the tongue clean is said to help digestion, boost immunity and help with overall oral hygiene.
Somewhere along the way, I learned that scraping nine times was auspicious (or superstitious!), so that's how many times I scrape.
Sometimes they stock tongue scrapers at health food stores like the Natural Foods Co Op, or you can get one online.
Next, I put oil in my nostrils.
This is an Ayurvedic practice called Nasya, which helps moisten and lubricate the tissue of the nostrils, said to help fend off colds and ease allergies.
There's special naysa oil (this is why I buy if I don't make my own), but you can test it out with sesame, coconut, olive, jojoba or almond.
Blow your nose, put a drop of oil on each pinkie finger and swipe around the nasal passages. A bit of a sharp "sniff" will help distribute the oil deeper into the passages.
Last, I have a large glass of warm lemon water.
Said to help cleanse and kick-start the digestive track, this is a great way to hydrate before having your morning beverage of choice, especially coffee, which is dehydrating.
I recently got some metal straws and started drinking my lemon water that way to help keep the lemon off my enamel. This makes it feel extra fancy.
These three habits help ground me and support my other practices. What you do each day matters -- consider bringing these into your morning routine. Your body will thank you!
You can see it all in action below!