Tongue Scraping 101 / by Ellen Cotten


Tongue scraping is the Ayurvedic* practice of removing bacteria, toxins, dead cells, fungi and food debris from the tongue. This self care ritual has many benefits such as fresher breath and enhanced taste buds. Tongue scrapers are a cheap and quick way to boost your overall health!



When we sleep our digestive system is hard at work removing toxins from the body. These toxins are moved to the surface of our tongues. That's why upon rising you may notice a filmy layer of gunk on your tongue.

Brushing your tongue with a toothbrush may remove some of these toxins but it mostly spreads the bacteria more than it removes it. It can also get stuck in your toothbrush and later be further spread around. 

If this bacteria isn't removed it is reabsorbed into our body and can cause various health issues. Digestive issues, bad breath and plaque buildup may be caused by excess tongue bacteria.


-Fresher breath
-Improved dental health
-Less plaque build up
-Improved digestion
-Enhanced taste buds
-Light pink, smooth tongue surface

Tongue scrapers cost around $5-$8. 

For more on tongue scraping check out this video I posted to my channel!
Skip to 2:25 min for the how to demo.

*Ayurveda is a holistic medicine system with roots in the Indian subcontinent.