The Daily Routine in Ayurveda
A daily routine (Dinacharya) may sound a little dull, but in Ayurvedic terms, it falls under Swastha Vritta, which means The Science of Ayurvedic Prevention.
The goal of Ayurvedic Prevention (Swatha Vritta) is to maintain and preserve your health which in turn prevents disease. The principals are based on Ahara (food, water, air, and perceptions) Nidra (sleep) and Brahmacharya (sometimes described as celibacy, but truly meaning responsible sex). The principles are also referred to as the Three Pillars of Life!
There are three areas of routine that fall under Swatha Vritta:
- Dinacharya: Daily Routines
- Ratricharya: Nightly Routines
- Ritucharya: Seasonal Routines
I’m covering just the first few items under Dinacharya today, with plans to expand in the near future. So here are just a few things to start with;
Cleansing the mouth
- Brush your teeth when you first wake up. Try not to use a scary toothpaste. I’m not naming any particular brand, but please read and research the ingredients in toothpaste before you buy it.
- Scrap your tongue with a copper tongue scraper
- Oil swishing, also know as oil pulling
Scraping the tongue has fabulous benefits including
- Clears toxins & bacteria from the tongue
- Helps remove coating on the tongue that leads to bad breath
- Enhances sense of taste
- Gently stimulates the internal organs
- Promotes overall oral and digestive health
- Increases your awareness of your state of health
Oil pulling has become a bit popular lately, which is kind of cool considering Ayurveda has been advising to include this in your daily routine for 5000+ years!
Here are some benefits of Oil Pulling (and by the way, when your dentist rolls her/ his eyes when you talk about your new routine, just ignore them!)
- Removes plaque
- Supports oral health
- Reduces teeth over-sensitivity
- Promotes healthy gums
- Strengthens the voice
- Promotes health sinuses
- Helps remove tension in the jaw and neck
I think those are all great reasons to do your daily oil pulling!
Oil Pulling Technique, and this is important!
- Put approximately one tablespoon of oil in your mouth (and yes, it DOES matter which kind of oil)
- Swish the oil in your mouth, moving it around both sides and though the teeth and the entire mouth
- Continue this process for up to 20 minutes.
- Spit the oil out (it should be a whitish color) and rinse your mouth with warm water and spit that out too.
- Don’t swallow the oil since it’s filled with all the icky stuff you want to get rid of.
Oil pulling has been traditionally sesame oil . Some people like to use coconut oil, which isn’t bad, but when the weather is cold, coconut oil solidifies and then you have to heat it before you can use it. And let’s face it, the easier it is to do your routine, the more likely you are to stick with it! And just one more great thing about sesame oil is that it has anti-bacterial qualities. You gotta love that! Daily Swish
I love this new product by Banyan Botanicals called Daily Swish! It’s got a minty taste and is way better than plain old sesame oil for sure. I use it every morning.
Try it and let me know what you think!