Garshana or Dry Brushing

Garshana or Dry Brushing

Garshana or Dry Brushing

Dry Brushing is widely becoming a part of contemporary skincare. But did you know that it's derived from Ayurveda?

Ayurveda teaches the process of holistic healing. This means that what you do with your body affects your mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects. Ayurvedic practice follows healing that starts from deep within and then towards your physical aspect.

Garshana or dry brushing is one of the ancient Ayurvedic medicinal practices that has been around for centuries. Similar to a massage, dry brushing also gives a relaxing feeling, works holistically for our overall health - physically and mentally.


BENEFITS: It’s believed to have multiple holistic benefits, including:

  • stimulates the lymphatic system
  • exfoliates & detoxifies the skin
  • increases circulation
  • warms the body
  • balances the doshas, improving energy
  • expels “ama” - helping the body rid itself of toxins
  • supports cellular renewal
  • rejuvenates skin tone and texture
  • helping to break down/reduce cellulite
  • supports mindfulness
  • may help to induce sleep
  • may aid in weight loss

All of these benefits balance and nourish all the three types of dosha, but it is the Kapha that benefits the most, so if you have a Kapha imbalance, be sure to add this to your ritual.

Not sure about your doshic constitution? Take the dosha quiz here.

The natural bristles can brush away dry, dead cells from the skin, leaving your skin smoother and softer, so choosing a dry brush with the appropriate bristle strength for your skin is very important to avoid irritation. Don’t worry, Kansa Organics made sure you all get the soft bristle brushes for your Garshana ritual. 

KO DRY BRUSH: What’s the best bristle strength for you?

Soft-bristle brushes are perfect for beginners, so you can discover the right way and proper procedures for dry brushing without irritating your skin. As you get more experienced with it, you’ll know you’re ready to extend your collection to add and try firmer brushes when you’re much comfortable with your dry brushing routine. For starters, using an extra-soft brush for delicate areas of the body, such as the face, neck, shoulders, stomach, and breasts.



  1. Dry brushing is a pre-bath ritual, and so it’s typically done before hitting the shower. 
  2. Always brush towards the heart.
  3. Gently but firmly brush towards the heart to help in the flow of lymph in our body, putting as much pressure as comfortable, especially in parts with fatty tissue, but gently on delicate areas.
  4. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend dry brushing not more than one to two times per week.
  5. Apply enough pressure to stimulate circulation without hurting your skin.
  6. Dry brushing shouldn’t hurt; if it does, you’re doing it the wrong way. So be sure you’ve done your research before actually trying it out.


Follow the step on how to dry brush your skin the proper way:

1. Begin at the top of the head by gently massaging it and the scalp and followed with small circular motions.

2. Facial Brushing:

a) If you’re looking to brush your face, you may need the facial dry brush in a perfect smaller size with an extra-soft bristle, as the face is more delicate than the other parts of our body and thus requires a specially facial-designed dry brush. 

b) If you have the facial dry brush, go ahead and gently massage your face by making circular motions starting from the center of your forehead and to both sides of your face.

c) Disclaimer: dry brushing the face is not for everyone, and we do not recommend it, especially for those who suffer from rosacea and other skin problems.

3. The next step is gently brushing lower, making your way to the neck and shoulders in long strokes towards your heart, usually going over each area 2-3 times (for beginners).

4. Make sure to give a little firmer circular motions at your elbows and wrists.

5. Your chest and breast are delicate areas, so brush gently, giving your skin a massage feeling.

6. At your belly, brush in a clockwise motion following the natural path of digestion and upward strokes, too.

7. Apply the same stokes to your lower back and buttocks. 

8. When brushing your legs, start at your knees and ankles where your lymph nodes are, then brush your way out in long upward strokes from the feet and the entirety of your legs and its back.

Post-Garshana tips: 

  1. Before showering, brush your skin in swift motions to remove any dead skin cells that may have been sloughed off during your Garshana process.

  2. Finally, complete the ritual with a shower to rinse and cleanse your skin.

  3. Traditionally, soaps (esp chemicals) do not go with the values of Ayurvedic skincare. However, we may find Ayurvedic soaps these days, and that kind of product is ideal for this ritual in this modern time. Otherwise, proceed to the last step.

  4. Lastly, moisturize your skin with Ayurvedic massage oil. We highly recommend choosing from our KO Doshic Body and Massage Oil Collection.

These doshic oils are for the body, and we want you to choose the best for your doshic constitution, so if you’re not sure yet, hurry and take the dosha quiz now.

Over centuries, the practice of Ayurvedic wellness has proven to result in a more rejuvenated body, mind and spirit, thus nurturing mindfulness and stronger immunity.

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