I absolutely love coffee. The smell of strong coffee takes me back to when I lived in Brazil. The traditional houses always have a strong coffee brewing. This memory makes me love the whole sensory experience that is involved with drinking coffee, the smell, the taste and the good company that I am usually with. I cherish that moment of stillness when I drink the first sip. So as you may guess, my ritual consists of 2 (and sometimes pushing it to 3) cups a day.
I have a lot of people coming and going from my house, so the coffee grinder works hard. As the coffee grinds pile up, so do the ways I use them.
DIY Coffee Chocolate Facial Mask
Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia and although it was demonized in the past, coffee is believed to have various health benefits. A cup of coffee contains Vitamin B2, B5, B1 and B3 with a dash of folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus. It is also high in antioxidants.
Coffee is also used for beauty and this mask is great when you need to rejuvenate. Coffee is great for brightening the face and injects life into a tired complexion. This mask is fantastic for dark and tired eyes. It’s also said to help tighten the skin. All in all, it is an amazing facial mask.
Ingredients: choose organic whenever possible.
- 1/3 cup ground coffee.
- 1/3 cup raw cacao powder.
- 1/4-1/3 cup of milk (preferably cow’s or almond).
- Juice of half a squeezed lemon (optional – if you choose to use lemon juice avoid going in the sun after applying the mask).
- 1-2 tbsp raw honey.
What to do:
- Mix ground coffee and cacao powder together in a bowl.
- Slowly pour the milk into the bowl until you reach a consistency that you like and mix.
- Slowly add the lemon and honey, while mixing.
- Apply on the face, using gentle circular motions.
- Leave for 20 minutes – maybe have a cuppa while you wait 😉
- Rinse off with warm water.
Any unused mask leftovers used can be stored up to 3 days in the fridge otherwise thrown into your compost or directly into your garden.
Use Your Coffee Grinds in the Garden
Gardeners say that used coffee grinds are good for the garden. Creating a neutral pH of 6.5. They are also said to deter some types of pests.