5 Alternative Uses for Coffee Grounds

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#1: Body Scrub – When it comes to alternative uses, rubbing coffee grounds on your body may sound like a strange idea, but it really works! Coffee grounds are loaded with antioxidants, and when rubbed into the skin, they exfoliate and smooth the skin. Coffee grounds also help to increase circulation (perfect for areas of the body that tend to accumulate fat tissue) and provide significant scar reduction to damaged skin tissue. Coffee grounds are an all-natural alternative to commercial body scrubs like apricot scrub, which contain harmful toxins and chemicals. Rub coffee grounds on troublesome belly scars, callused feet, face, and any part of your body that needs rejuvenating during your daily shower!

#2: Dish Scrub – If you drink coffee daily, they’ll be more than enough coffee grounds for alternative uses, such as helping out in the kitchen too! Instead of grabbing a disposable scrub or scouring pad, go the all-natural route and use coffee grounds to scrub stubborn food-stuffs off your dishes. For even the most ridiculously difficult to clean pots and pans, coffee grounds will scrub all the gunk away with a rag and just a few strokes!

#3: Hair Care – Not only can you use coffee grounds to cleanse your scalp and improve the luster of your hair, but you can also use them to dye hair naturally! There are numerous online recipes to be considered for using coffee grounds to dye hair dark brown, from creating concentrates to adding them to brewed coffee and conditioner.

#4: Joint Pain – While there’s no specific scientific evidence indicating the effectiveness of rubbing coffee grounds on sore joints, antioxidants have consistently been shown to alleviate joint pain and even repair knee cartilage. So, when you’re enjoying your alternative coffee ground body scrub, go ahead and scrub on sore joints too: it works!

#5: Compost & Fertilizer – This is perhaps the most widely used and known alternative uses for coffee grounds. You can add them (filters and all) to any compost pile. If you don’t have a compost, you can use coffee grounds as a direct fertilizer. Simply add the grounds to the plant soil of acid-loving plants, such as tomatoes, hydrangeas, roses, and azaleas.

 

Resources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17617909

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/search.php?query=apricot+scrub&search_group=products&ptype2=

http://www.naturalnews.com/039052_coffee_grounds_supplements_antioxidants.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/029902_scars_removal.html

 

About the Author: Jennifer Hollie Bowles is a widely published writer of many genres, including poetry, Astrology, and experimental fiction. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Sociology, and she provides unique readings, services, and online courses via www.holisticnook.com. Jennifer also enjoys teaching creative writing workshops.

Jennifer Hollie Bowles
Jennifer Hollie Bowles is a blissed-out Momma and Wife. She offers natural beauty, holistic health, and metaphysical products at Bliss Emporium. Jennifer is also a widely published writer of many genres.