The traditional tongue cleaner, how to use it for proper tongue hygiene.

In yoga there are different cleansing practices or ritual purification actions called “Kriya”.

The practice of cleaning the tongue, which in Sanskrit is called “Jihva Moola Dhauti” is a purification technique that is part of the Shatkarma, or the six body purification techniques (Shat = 6 and Karma = action).

But why is it so important to clean the tongue? Just notice the in the morning white coating that formed.

This coating is formed by toxins and other waste substances called “Ama” that our body tries to get rid of during the night.

According to Ayurveda and yogic philosophy, starting the day with toxins instead of eliminating them is obviously not a good start and this is why using a tongue cleaner regularly is a healthy habit that we should develop, and which has many advantages, not only for the Ayurvedic purpose, but also because cleaning the tongue regularly reduces halitosis, which is a rather widespread problem and which, in most cases, depends on inadequate cleaning of the mouth.

Using the tongue cleaner is also useful for several reasons:

  • Cleaning the tongue regularly increases the sensitivity of the taste buds, making us appreciate more the taste of what we eat.
  • Helps keep teeth healthy as we help remove bacteria that can cause plaque and tooth decay.
  • Improves the digestive process, as we increase the production of saliva.


  • Go over a sink, preferably in front of a mirror and grab the tongue cleaner at its ends.
  • Now stick your tongue out as much as possible
  • Place the scraper at the base of the tongue, that is, in the area closest to the throat
  • By applying light pressure, scrape the tongue from the inside outwards, that is, towards the tip.
  • Clean the tongue cleaner under running water by rinsing off the newly removed coating
  • Repeat this for 3-4 times or as many times as you deem necessary,

To make sure you also remove any remaining toxins in your mouth, rinse your mouth with a tablespoon of oil. You can use the same oil you use for cooking, such as olive, sesame, or corn oil, or if you prefer a more pleasant taste, coconut oil is a good option. Make sure it’s an edible oil (so avoid body oils that contain other non-ingestible substances).

Just do some sort of rinsing and then spit out the oil, don’t swallow it.

It is sufficient to clean your tongue once a day, in the morning as soon as you wake up, before having breakfast or drinking liquids, but if you prefer you can also do it every time you brush your teeth.

ATTENTION THE PRESSURE MUST BE LIGHT! The tongue is a very delicate part of the body on which the taste buds are located, so scrape very gently, and especially if you use a copper tongue cleaner make sure that the pressure is not excessive.

Also, avoid using the tongue cleaner in case of abrasions, cuts or blisters.

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