Dry Brushing: What, Why, and How

I love finding new, interesting things to enhance my well being. A few years ago, I discovered Ayurveda, and it led me to the practice of dry brushing. Ayurveda is an ancient practice of medicine that helps you to create and maintain your health and well-being. A great resource to learn more is Banyan Botanicals.

Ayurvedic dry-brushing is called garshana (pronounced gar-shun-uh), and it promotes lymphatic cleansing. It helps you to remove cellular waste products from your body, and it feels great! It’s super easy to do, and it feels incredible.

 

Benefits of Dry Brushing

Besides feeling wonderful and energizing, dry brushing has many health benefits.

  • It improves your skin texture and makes it look healthier.
  • It reduces stress.
  • It supports natural detoxing.
  • It promotes lymphatic circulation.
  • It can help stimulate your metabolism.
  • It feels great!

 

How to Dry Brush

Dry brushing is quick and simple. I strive to do this a few times a week. Here’s how to get started.

Morning is best…
Dry brushing is best in the morning, but if the morning doesn’t work for you, anytime will be fine and you’ll get benefits from it.

Easy cleanup…
While you’re doing your dry brushing, you can either stand in your tub or shower or put a towel down on the floor and then shake it off afterward.

Your tools…
Ayurveda recommends using raw silk or linen gloves or a dry brush. I prefer the dry brush. It doesn’t feel as good to me with gloves. Be sure to make sure your brush isn’t too rough on your skin, though. The goal is to brush the dry skin off gently.

Brushing your body…
Start at your feet and work your way up your body. You’re going to use long strokes while keeping the direction of the stroke towards the heart.

Your stomach and joints…
When you’re brushing your stomach area, and joints use a circular motion.

Watch the pressure…
Remember, the goal is to brush gently, so use lighter pressure where your skin is sensitive and harder pressure for areas like the bottom of your feet.

Wash it off…
Once you’ve brushed your body, you can simply shower and wash, or you can do an oil treatment first and then shower it off or oil up after your shower.

Using oil…
Once you’ve finished your dry brushing, you can oil your body with some pure plant oil like coconut, almond, or sesame and let it sit for a few mins before washing it off. What I like to do is dry brush outside the shower, then use oil and let it sit while I brush my teeth, and then I get into the shower to wash it off. It makes my skin so soft and invigorated.

Take Action

Gather your supplies and put “do dry brushing” on your calendar or in your task management system. Even if you do it once a week, you’ll get some benefits like feeling happy you’re taking care of your body.

Learn more about Ayurveda on Banyan Botanicals site here.

Peace, Love + Magic,

Angela