Eight or nine years ago, I had a really good friend in my area that worked at a coffee shop that went out of business – she wasn’t all too upset at the time, in fact she moved out to California shortly after she lost her job.
Before she left, she gave me many bags of decaf coffee – while neither of us really drink coffee at all, I won’t ever turn down the opportunity to have FREE coffee beans. We don’t have a grinder, but not a big issue at all since my inexpensive Oster blender seems to do very well at grinding.
Grinding whole beans with a regular blender may make a coffee connoisseur shudder in their shoes. Buuuuut, I wasn’t using them for coffee so I didn’t see any harm in doing what seems easy for us.
Hello coffee grounds! And boy do they make your house smell amazing!
My kids kept running in the kitchen asking me if they could help too because they wanted to smell the grounds.
Grinding them in the blender really does make the house take on a whole new smell – and while the kids thought it was fun to watch the blender pulse them down into fine powder, I was just hoping that they wouldn’t ask me to brew any for them.
After all, I don’t even own a coffee maker.
Coffee grounds are so convenient to use in the garden, compost pile, DIY Coffee Soap (completely LOVE!) and making your own coffee body scrub. Ooh la la! Who doesn’t love a body scrub that makes you feel like you are getting a jolt of your morning cuppa joe at the same time?
Coffee grounds are incredibly beneficial as an addition to bath and body products – not only does it help with stretch marks and acne scars, it’s great for toning and refining dull skin and the occasional cellulite.
The caffeine in coffee dilates blood vessels .. which helps improve circulation and reduce water retention. The antioxidants in coffee help release toxins which can also improve the health of your skin.
To make this scrub you will need:
- Coffee grounds (I prefer unused, but you can reuse old grounds, too)
- Coconut oil or olive oil
- Sugar – I use organic cane sugar but feel free to use brown sugar instead
Just follow the recipe below, and mix everything up – I might not be a coffee drinker, but I love the smell of coffee scrub in my morning shower. It smells AMAZING!
And while I can’t attest to it being able to fix cellulite (yet…), I’ll take the energizing aroma any day.
Use as needed in the shower, and make sure you give the tub time to drain when your shower is done. You will see quite a bit of grounds going down the drain, don’t be alarmed – just make sure you use hot water so the flow is constant and everything goes down happily.
- 1 C. ground coffee
- 1 C. organic cane sugar or salt (can use brown sugar if you prefer)
- 1/2 C. coconut oil or olive oil
- Optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla and/or ground cinnamon, if desired
- Melt the coconut oil, allow it to cool slightly (you do not want it to be solid).
- Stir in the ground coffee and sugar, in addition to the other ingredients (optional).
- Store the mixture in an airtight container - use every other few days as needed.