Morning Ayurveda Routines


Oil pulling

A practice to promote health of the teeth and gums as well as the sinuses. Here is the sequence for oral care.

  • After scraping your tongue and hydrating, place 1 -2 teaspoons sesame or coconut oil in your mouth. Optional, add a drop of spearmint or peppermint essential oil. Banyan's Daily Swish, is made with mint essential oils.

  • Swish the oil in your mouth gently (not as vigorously as you would mouthwash). "Pull" the oil between the teeth as well.

  • Begin with a few minutes and work up to 20 minutes.

  • Spit the oil out in the trash (not the sink, toilet or tub, as the oil will block your drain).

  • Rinse mouth with water and brush teeth again to remove residue.

Do you oil pull? Let me know in the comments.

I recommend this sequence for your morning Ayurvedic and oral health routine.

Tongue scrape FIRST, before drinking anything!

You want to remove toxins that are eliminated on the tongue overnight. If you drink before scraping you are essentially swallowing the waste.

The ideal order upon waking:

01. Tongue scrape,

02. Drink water

03. Oil pull

Several years ago a retreat participant who was a dentist shared her enthusiasm about the positive results her patients were getting from oil pulling.

AyurvedaMarjorie Nass