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Tongue scraper? Dhauti, yes but why?

The copper tongue scraper

Scratching your tongue after a long night's sleep or after a meal is a practice that has existed in India for more than six millennia. This purification ritual, said Dhauti helps eliminate bacteria that settle on our tongue, sometimes for hours.

In addition to promoting better oral hygiene, scratching your tongue strengthens your immune system and helps heal your body. In traditional yoga, Dhauti is one of the six body cleansing techniques. It improves digestive and respiratory health.

Also, using a copper tongue scraper reinforces the benefits of the approach. Indeed, in addition to being resistant, recyclable and zero waste, copper is above all a traditional material used for centuries in Ayurveda and it has, in essence, antibacterial properties. In the Ayurvedic tradition, copper is the metal associated with the kapha dosha.

Do not hesitate to visit us in the Boutique or on our website, if you wish to benefit from the virtues of this ancestral practice and acquire a copper tongue scraper.

How to scrape your tongue

  1. Before scraping, examine your tongue in the mirror. Note its color and the texture of any film or buildup. Examine your tongue every time you scrape it so you can closely monitor its health.
  2. Scrape from back to front. The majority of bacteria that accumulates on the tongue is found near the back, where it is dark and warm. Glide gently across the surface of the tongue, scraping from back to front.
  3. Rinse between each scraping. Rinse the scraper with hot water to remove any residue that has built up on the scraper.
  4. Repeat 7 to 10 times. You may find that quick movements of the scraper are more effective at removing buildup than long scraping.
  5. Wash. Use soap and warm water to clean the copper tongue scraper after each use.

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You can find copper tongue scrapers directly at our physical store in Lausanne but also in our “Ayurvedic Hygiene” section of this site.

This section offers tongue scrapers, but also netis lota to practice one of the 6 kriyas of Ayurvedic hygiene, if you want to know more about this practice read our blog article on this subject: blogs/info/le-jala-neti-to-breathe-fully

The Ayurvedic hygiene section also contains detox sesame oil for oral hygiene by drawing out toxins with the oil as well as 100% copper water bottles.

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