Jasmine Hemsley is an author, chef and entrepreneur with influence well beyond the culinary world, but there’s no denying that her widespread popularity is due, in part, to her emphasis on conscious, healthy and joyful living.
The influencer – who spoke to rapturous applause at Stylist Live 2017 – has inspired a global audience to shift their perspectives on food as a founder of Hemsley + Hemsley.
So, when she decided to share her morning routine with Stylist readers, you can bet that they sat up and paid attention.
However, they were possibly a little perturbed when Helmsley revealed that, every single morning, she scrapes her tongue with a special scraping device.
“The first thing I do is scrape my tongue,” she told the Stylist Live crowd on Friday (10 November). “It’s an Ayurvedic practice.”
If you are not familiar with the practice, it’s worth noting that, in the Charaka Samhita (an early Ayurvedic text), it says that cleaning the tongue “removes foul smell, tastelessness… and by taking out dirt coated on the tongue, teeth and mouth brings relish immediately.”
Hemsley, as well as many of those who clean their tongue on a daily basis, cites the invigorating effects this practice has; by removing the coating and stimulating the tongue you are helping “to balance the heavy and dulling qualities of Kapha dosha in your physiology”.
Most importantly for foodies, though, “by removing this coating you improve your ability to taste your food, which makes it more satisfying”.
And, according to chopra.com, “by increasing your taste reception, not only do you eat less, you also eliminate the need to add more sugar, salt, or excessive spice to the food to make it more flavourful.”
Hemsley also kicks off her morning with yogic sun salutations and a meditation session. However, acknowledging that not everyone has as much free time in the mornings, she added that it’s worth looking at your own lifestyle to “find what works for you”.
“Having a bad morning is a hangover from poor routine,” she told Stylist’s Sarah Biddlecombe, who was hosting the session. “Too much screen time [in the evenings can negatively impact you on the morning after.”
So there we have it: less TV before bed – and more scraping of your tongues in the morning.
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