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Coffee on top- Natural exfoliator

I love coffee so much. I love how it smells and how it tastes and all the different ways to prepare it… Sad for me that drinking it gives me horrible stomach aches, so I avoid it (mostly), while enjoying the smell wherever and whenever I can. At the end of this post you’ll find a recipe for a coffee grind exfoliator which is not only a great coffee smell fix  but it will also leave your skin feeling smooth, your bathtub looking nasty, and just might give you a minuscule dose of caffeine through your skin cells.

But first… All about coffee, what do you want first? The bad news or the good news? Like life, both will come at the same time.

The Coffee News:
Eighty percent of American adults drink an annual rate of 28 gallons per capita. Coffee ingestion on average is about a third of that of tap water in North America and Europe. Worldwide, 6.7 million metric tons of coffee were produced annually in 1998–2000, and the forecast is a rise to seven million metric tons annually by the end of 2010.

Brazil is the largest coffee exporting nation, but Vietnam tripled its exports between 1995 and 1999, and became a major producer of robusta beans. Indonesia is the third-largest exporter and the largest producer of washed arabica coffee. Coffee cultivation requires warm climates and is one of the largest sources of economic income for the continents of Africa and South America and for many countries in warmer parts of the globe. Coffee production and exportation (like most industrial exports) carry a slew of social and political concerns. Most standard (not part of the fair-trade agreement) coffee plantations employ unfair, unsafe and exploitative labor practices.

After petroleum, coffee is the world’s most important legally traded commodity, standing above coal, meat, wheat and sugar.

Commercial cultivation of coffee beans can lead to devastating environmental problems such as deforestation, pesticide pollution, habitat destruction, and soil and water degradation. According to New Scientist, in industrial coffee farming practices, 140 liters of water are required to yield the amount of coffee beans required to produce one cup of the beverage. Traditional shade-grown cultivation methods using sustainable agriculture can produce similar yields without the water use or environmental impact while providing important habitats for wildlife. Fair-trade, shade-grown, organic and sustainable are all things that you should look for when purchasing coffee.

“Coffee is a warming, bitter-tasting, stimulant with diuretic and purgative properties. Its caffeine, acid, and oils produce different effects. Caffeine stimulates the entire nervous system, stresses the adrenal glands, increases the pulse and blood pressure, raises blood sugar levels, suppresses the appetite, and gives a sense of high energy. Its acids corrode the villi of the small intestine and decreases nutrient absorption; heavy coffee drinkers often suffer from vitamin B shortages and have calcium and other mineral deficiencies. The oils in coffee can increase blood cholesterol.

Stressed adrenals translates in Oriental medicine as depleted kidney energy, reduced sexual vitality, and in the case of pregnancy, increased birth defects. As with any stimulant, coffee aggravates liver function (its acids break down stored fats in the liver) and therefore disturbs sleep and contributes to irritability and anxiety. Coffee, in moderation, reduces Kapha.
(From The Whole Foods Encyclopedia)

“Coffee consumption has been shown to have minimal or no impact, positive or negative, on cancer development; however, researchers involved in an ongoing 22-year study by the Harvard School of Public Health state that “the overall balance of risks and benefits [of coffee consumption] are on the side of benefits.” Other studies suggest coffee consumption reduces the risk of being affected by Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, diabetes mellitus type 2, cirrhosis of the liver, and gout. A longitudinal study in 2009 showed that those who consumed a moderate amount of coffee or tea (3–5 cups per day) at midlife were less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in late-life compared with those who drank little coffee or avoided it altogether.

American scientist Yaser Dorri has suggested that the smell of coffee can restore appetite and refresh olfactory receptors. He suggests that people can regain their appetite after cooking by smelling coffee beans, and that this method can also be used for research animals.

Scientific studies have examined the relationship between coffee consumption and an array of medical conditions. Findings have been contradictory as to whether coffee has any specific health benefits, and results are similarly conflicting regarding the potentially harmful effects of coffee consumption. Variations in findings, however, can be at least partially resolved by considering the method of preparation. Coffee prepared using paper filters removes oily components called diterpenes that are present in unfiltered coffee. Two types of diterpenes are present in coffee: kahweol and cafestol, both of which have been associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease via elevation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels in blood. Metal filters, on the other hand, do not remove the oily components of coffee.
(Health Effects of Coffee: Wikipedia)

Ok… And now for the recipe.

Ground Coffee and Olive Oil Exfoliator

1/2 cup ground organic coffee
1/8 cup either raw cane sugar or rock salt
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice and the zest of one lemon (optional)

Mix together.
Use in the shower or bath as an exfoliator for the body.

Caffeine has been shown in some studies to reduce cellulite and stagnation of the skin. Olive oil is a natural, safe and effective moisturizer, rock salt and sugar are both good, gentle exfoliators. Enjoy.

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