The Ancient Ayurvedic Practice of Tongue Scraping

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Copper Tongue Cleaner with white background

The art of tongue cleaning has been used in India for thousands of years. Recommended by Ayurveda, scraping the tongue first thing every morning is proven to be the most efficient way to remove the bacteria that collects on top of the tongue each night. This not only freshens the breath, but also gets rid of toxins before they are reabsorbed back into the system. Tongue scraping also has some subtle healing actions that relate to the vital organs and digestive tract. This “massaging” of the tongue stimulates and awakens these organs while promoting healthy elimination.

Why copper?

Ayurvedic tradition and literature recommends tongue scrapers being made from copper, silver, gold, tin or brass. Copper has been clinically proven to be anti-bacterial in nature. It not only kills off the “bad” bacteria of the mouth, but it instinctively allows the healthy “good” bacteria to flourish.

Recommended usage:


  1. We recommend using your tongue scraper daily in the morning, on an empty stomach, after brushing your teeth.
  2. Hold the two ends in both hands. Extend the tongue and place the tongue cleaner on the surface of the tongue, as far back as is comfortable.
  3. Gently pull the tongue cleaner forward so that it removes the unwanted coating.
  4. Rinse the tongue cleaner and repeat as necessary, usually 7-14 times.


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