Cleanses are a great way to reset your system and pave the way for making better health choices to come. Long-term detox programs often initially bring lowered energy levels and are recommended to do only when you are able to take some downtime at work and in your daily life. They are also only recommended to do during the more mild weather seasons of the spring and fall. If you are craving some detoxification, but it is during an off-season or you are simply too busy to commit to a longer cleanse, the Ayurvedic cleanse can be modified to fit your current needs, season, and schedule. And although a three-day cleanse is not terribly long, it can still be very powerful for detoxifying your body, balancing your mind, boosting your digestion-metabolism, and setting the stage for a healthier future.
This three-day cleanse is appropriate for all different body types and imbalances, although there may be slight changes for your specific Vata, Pitta, and Kapha needs (read more here). It consists of a mono-one diet of kitchari, cleansing herbal medicine, oiling (both inside and out), sweating, and a few other self-care necessities. This step-by-step chart is lined up to guide you on a very specific three-day cleansing regimen; however, modifications can be made if needed. The most important factors will be to stick to the kitchari diet, avoid all sugar and caffeine, and apply as many of the recommended self-care practices as possible.
Here is a list of your recommended cleansing needs:
The 3-Day Ayurvedic Cleanse
- Tikta Ghrita or Triphala Ghrita (substitute with plain ghee)
- Triphala Churna
- Nasya Oil
- Detox Tea (substitute with our extra potent ginger tea recipe or CCF Tea recipe)
- OM Shanti Tea (substitute with ginger tea, CCF Tea, or calming herbal tea of choice)
- Basmati rice or brown rice (use quinoa for Kapha types)
- Mung dal (split yellow mung beans, substitute with split red lentils)
- Agni Churna or similar spices
- Plain Ghee (substitute with coconut oil for Pitta or sesame oil for Vata and Kapha types)
- Veggies such as kale, collards, and carrots
Try our Classic Cleansing Kitchari Recipe!
- Tongue Scraper
- Medicated Massage Oil
- Ginger-Baking Soda Bath Blend (or try our DIY Ginger Detox Bath recipe)
Click here for a printable copy of this chart.
Click here for a printable copy of this chart.
Follow this chart to the best of your ability for each day of the cleanse. As you can see, this is a very time-involved cleanse and therefore it is best done on non-work days. For the “down-time” between activities, it is recommended to take it easy, rest, avoid social activities, and spend some time in “Self study”. Make the most out of your cleanse and keep your integrity high! You are worth it!
After the cleanse is over, slowly incorporate new foods in, although keep to eating warm, nourishing meals and avoid all cold and raw foods for at least a week. Keep up as many of the self-care practices as you can, even if only a couple of days a week. For example, you can take a ginger bath 1 to 2 days a week, continue to drink the Detox Tea, take a 20-minute walk daily, practice the self-oil massage 1 day a week, and make time for the 10-minute mediation each morning. Remember, a cleanse is not a quick fix to perform just to go back to your old habits; instead, use it as a preliminary measure to reset your body and mind with the intentions and action plan to hold these healthy practices with you each day.
- Detox Yoga Series
- Classic Cleansing Kitchari Recipe
- Extra Potent Ginger Tea Recipe
- How To Perform an Ayurvedic Self-Oil Massage
- Quick and Easy Homemade Ghee Recipe
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Thank you for such a beautiful posting.
Thank you for your kind words. I am glad that you enjoyed the information. I hope it helps you on your cleanse! Feel free to contact me anytime with questions.
I finished this a few days ago and felt it to be very beneficial. Two questions- I know dairy is out during cleanses and discouraged post cleanse for awhile. What about lassi? I make fresh yogurt from raw milk boiled with spices. Secondly, I’m doing the rejuvenation phase and am also continuing detox practices like eating a lot of kitchari, drinking hot water in the morning, and driknking detox tea daily. How do you balance ongoing cleansing with ongoing rejuvenation in everyday life?
Thank you for your great questions! I apologize on the late response and I hope your post-cleanse is going well!
In regards to the dairy, lassi is alright (made by fresh, homemade yogurt), but it depends on the length and intensity of the cleanse to say how soon you can reintroduce it back into your daily diet. For the three day cleanse, I would recommend to wait at least three days post-cleanse. Then it can be added in a 1:4 ratio (yogurt to water) along with cumin and other digestive spices. If you had done a more lengthy and intense cleanse, the ideal reintroduction time would be longer.
It is good to have a balance of rejuvenation and cleansing in your life for daily maintenance. You may find that sometimes your body needs more of one than the other; this is good to listen to as well. Eating kitchari daily, drinking hot water, and drinking a cleansing herbal tea such as the Detox Tea (which is relatively mild), are all great ways to promote cleansing without leading to depletion. This will help balance out some of the heavier and more building practices of rejuvenation such as the Ojas Drink and Rasayana Ghrita.
There are a handful of practices that are both cleansing and rejuvenating which can also be helpful. Taking Triphala Churna or Triphala Ghrita each night is one of them. Adding ghee to your food (in moderation) is another. Incorporating meditation, simple pranayama (breathwork), mild Yoga, and/or gentle exercises into your daily routine will help promote both of these seemingly opposing actions as well.
I hope this helps to answer your questions! Many blessings to you!
Can I ask you something about this
Of course, Maartje! Feel free to write in with your question and I will answer it as best as I can. . .