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The Ayurveda Tradition Of Tongue Scraping


Do you want to feel fresher, eat healthier and perhaps even improve your mental health? If so, then you’re in the right place! 


According to the Chakra Samhita, an ancient Ayurveda medical text, cleaning our tongues can have multiple physical and mental health benefits. Ayurveda practitioners value oral health so highly, that they have even been known to examine the mouth first when evaluating the health of the entire body.

Ayurveda is considered to be one of the oldest healing sciences, originating in India over 5,000 years ago. Often referred to as the ‘Mother of all healing’ or “The Science of Life’, Ayurveda is the inspiration behind Homeopathy which is now popular all over the world. Its practices originate from a focus on balance, prevention and the mind/body connection. According to Ayurveda, our balance can be thrown off by physical and emotional stressors, such as food choices, seasons and relationships. 


Western medicine also emphasises the importance of balance for oral health, acknowledging that it can be easily upset by hot drinks and let’s face it, who doesn’t need a coffee in the morning? There is a delicate balance of over 600 microbes in the mouth at any one time, some of which are essential to maintaining our oral health. However, when the oral balance is thrown off, harmful microbes may take over, which can result in a ‘furry tongue’ and bad breath. 


  • Improves the sensitivity of the receptors and the communication of flavours to the mind
  • Able to taste spices better and enjoy your food even more
  • You may need less salt and sugar in your food leading to a healthier diet
  • Improves mood as chemicals released from food like dark chocolate (mmm…) take effect faster
  • Balances microbes in the mouth 
  • Prevents diseases and infection 
  • No bad breath (and maybe more friends!)
  • Restore natural balance
  • Promotes self care and self love

According to Ayurveda, traditionally tongue scrapers should be made of gold, silver, brass or copper and, more commonly used in modern medicine, stainless steel. That is why we have a choice between copper or stainless steel at Plastic Free Amsterdam so you can make the choice that’s best for you. We hope you reap all the benefits of tongue scraping if you do decide to try it, just remember to eat chocolate too! 



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