Plant medicine has its roots in every culture around the world. Written records of the use of herbal medicine date back more than 5,000 years. Living in a modern world, with advanced technology and promises of youth and beauty with every jar, treatment, or injection, it is easy to understand how we’ve moved so far away from simple holistic herbal practices.
One way to get closer to Mother Nature is to make your own beauty and personal care products. Coffee body scrub is a simple way to use ingredients you have easy access to, and may even already have in your home.
When applied topically, the caffeine in coffee stimulates blood flow to the area, making your skin appear radiant and bright. It can also help reduce inflammation and swelling, resulting in a skin-tightening effect.
Cinnamon boosts the blood flow to the outer surface of the skin, acting as a natural skin exfoliator and helping restore shine and suppleness to the skin. Thanks to its antibacterial and antifungal properties, cinnamon also helps kill germs and heal wounds quickly and efficiently.
Coffee Body Scrub Recipe
Makes 1 cup of scrub
- Mix together the coffee grounds, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, and melted oil in a small bowl to create a spreadable paste.
- Transfer to a lidded glass jar.
To use: While standing in the shower, scrub the exfoliating mixture all over your body, paying extra attention to possible problem areas. Rinse well. For a truly pampering experience, pour 1 cup of room-temperature pure coconut milk all over your body after applying the scrub. Luxuriate before rinsing off the scrub with warm water. Store in its sealed glass jar in the refrigerator. For maximum freshness and potency, use within 6 months.
Excerpted from Fresh and Pure by Jules Aron, published by the Countryman Press. © 2018 by Julia Aronov.