1. Oil Pulling
Coconut oil pulling was a big trend in the wellness community about two years ago and even though it isn’t as buzzed about any more it is still worth adding to your routine. Many people consider oil pulling to be meditative, so if you have trouble picking up a meditation habit oil pulling is a great substitute.
Coconut oil pulling couldn’t be easier, you take a large scoop of coconut oil and swish it through your teeth (kind of like gargling mouth wash). The coconut oils helps to remove any excess food particles and maintain a cleaner mouth. Traditionally you pull the oil for twenty minutes or longer but even five minutes is a good start.
If you can’t stand the taste of coconut oil I suggest using a peppermint flavored coconut oil instead.
2. Tongue Scraping
3. Dry Brushing
Dry brushing is not only healthy for you it also has the cosmetic bonus of giving you amazing skin. Additionally, dry brushing helps to remove dead skin cells, increase circulation, and it feels wonderful.
This healthy practice utilizes a dry bristled brush to exfoliate the skin and scrub away dead skin cells.
Abhyanga involves massaging warm oil into the skin (hello personalized hot oil massage)! Benefits include; moisturized skin, improved circulation, mind body connection, and through the fall and winter it helps maintain body warmth.
To heat the oil you can use a product especially designed for this purpose or you can simply heat 1/4-1/2 cup of your chosen oil on a the stove in a pan. Just be sure not to let the oil become too hot because you don’t want to burn the skin.
When the oil is warm enough, simply massage it into your skin. Begin at the feet and work up your body moving towards your heart. Don’t forget to get the inside of your ears! Once you have massaged the oil onto your entire body let the warm oil sit on your skin for a minute or so. After the oil has soaked into the skin jump into the shower to rinse the oil off. Heat from the shower will allow the oil to penetrate deep into your skin and you will be left with unbelievably soft skin. Be sure to do all of this on a designated towel or in space that won’t be damaged by the oil. The practice should take between 5-25 minutes.
Many people know that drinking lemon water can help to alkalinize the body but Himalayan sea salt is actually the most alkaline food. Because sole is comprised of filtered water and Himalayan sea salt it is remarkable at alkalizing the body. Other benefits of drinking sole include; balanced PH levels, improved sleep, improved energy, improved hydration, and better regulation of blood sugar levels. Greater still, sole is easy to make.
How to make Sole:
Simply add more filtered water and salt as necessary.
Each morning add 1/2 tablespoon of the salt water into one cup of warm water and drink. It is important to drink sole at least 20 minutes before eating or drinking anything else besides water.
Developing and maintaining healthy habits that support a mind-body connection is one of the greatest things we can do to create sustainable life long wellness. Try slowly adding these practices into your morning routine and see if you notice a difference.
Let me know in the comments if there are any habits you include in your morning routine that support a balanced lifestyle.