That’s right … Mother Nature has done it again. Not only does coffee get you going in the morning, it also prevents cancer, makes terrific compost, plant fertilizer, insect repellent, slug deterrent and, would you believe, a high quality skin exfoliate and facial – just in case Estee Lauder wasn’t your cup of tea.
Although it does require repeated trips to the loo and a bit of twitching, a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, found that nearly 48,000 men who drank more than six cups of coffee per day had a 60% reduced risk of developing lethal prostate cancer compared with nondrinkers.
And from Permaculture Magazine comes the news that in addition to the benefits of adding old coffee grounds to the compost bin and around your roses, those grounds will also make a terrific exfoliate for the skin.
Ready to start scrubbing? Here are the instructions … “Using an old loofah or just your hand, work the grounds with a bit of soap all over your body in the shower. It works beautifully. Apparently expensive cellulite creams contains caffeine so this scrub is especially good for your thighs and bottom. It can be used more gently on your face as the grounds firm and tone your skin, minimizing pores and sloughing off dead cells so that the fresh new skin underneath is revealed.”
In addition your old coffee grounds can be used for the following:
- As a deodorizer for removing fishy and garlic smells on your hands after cooking.
- As insect repellant for ant relocation – sprinkle old grounds around places you don’t want ants, or on the ant piles themselves and they will move on or stay away.
- As sail repellant –sprinkle them around your plants.
- As a cleaning product – the slightly abrasive, grounds can be used as a scouring agent for greasy and grimy stain-resistant objects.
- As cat repellent – sprinkle grounds mixed with orange peels around your plants.
All this and … a good buzz to boot!