5 Ayurvedic morning rituals you can do in 5 minutes
So if you’re new to the website, you may not already know that I am a holistic esthetician that uses the medical science, Ayurveda, as just one of the tools in my skincare tool kit. If you do not know what Ayurveda is, check out my early blog post on Ayurveda, as well as the many more I’ve written over the years about balancing the Doshas.
If you do already know about Ayurveda, you know that there are a ton of rituals it teaches you to do, and 12 of them begin before breakfast! I have to be honest, when I started reading about Ayurveda and it’s rituals, I found them to be impractical for the western world. I mean, who has all this time on their hands?
That being said, I chose 5 of these rituals, and I promise you it’ll take you around 5 mins to get to the last one. I haven’t timed it, but it’ll be quick, and you’ll feel great!
Scrape Your Tongue
Tongue scraping is something that I have been doing for years. The belief is that while we sleep, toxins from our body accumulate on our tongues. This means the first thing you should do in the morning and scrape them off! I both use and sell a copper tongue scraper due to copper’s antibacterial properties.
Splash Your Face
You might already be doing this and didn’t realize this is Ayurvedic! Splash your face and eyes a couple times with cold water. Rub your eyes a bit. Obviously, this will help wake you up.
Okay, so this is where oil pulling comes into play. Do you oil pull? That’s great, but for some of us, it’s challenging Fun fact, every blog has probably told you to do it with coconut oil, but the real deal way to do it is with sesame or castor oil. Still into oil pulling? Gargling helps to strengthen teeth, gums, and jaw, while also helping to improve any vocal problems and soften wrinkles around the month. Personally, I use water, not oil, and I think it’s perfectly fine.
Also known as Nasya in Ayurveda, it is recommended to put 3-5 drops of warm Ghee (clarified butter) or sesame oil into each nostril. If you’re with me and not into putting butter up your nose, sesame oil is great. I recommend putting sesame oil into a dropper bottle, or you can purchase a pre-made mixture here. Doing this helps to clear the sinuses and lubricate the nostrils, especially as we move towards cooler, drier months. One nostril at a time, add the oil. After words close off the other nostril and snort it into the nasal cavity. Once you’ve done both sides, massage both sides of the nose to help distribute the oil.
Drink Lemon Water
This last one will take you out of the bathroom and into the kitchen, so you may go over 5 minutes, but trust me, this is the most important one. Drinking a glass of lemon water each day helps to stimulate your digestion system and “get things moving” so to speak. Mix the juice of a half of lemon with lukewarm water. It is optional to add a pinch of pink salt.