Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages, and that goes without saying. Some would even say with utmost conviction that it is the most widely consumed liquid in the world. The evolution of how coffee became part of people’s lives is a long and interesting one. That being said, coffee is a lot more than a beverage – it has become embedded in our society, a lifetime of consoling moments of modest pleasure woven into our lives. It is a lifestyle, and coffee lovers associate the energizing lift this beverage offers with daily routines. This however, is just one part of it. There are some who swear by the liquid’s amazing remedial properties. Aside from being magic in a cup, coffee has been said to serve as beneficial for various ailments and imbalances.
Having a pest problem? According to the older generation, ground coffee is a sure way to rid off pests and keep them at bay. Just sprinkle used coffee grounds around your plants to keep away destructive garden bugs such as ants, snails and slugs. Add a little dried orange peel to the mix and you’d even be able to keep the neighbour’s cat away from your garden.
Being malnourished, having poor eating habits, extended periods of sitting, smoking or genetic predisposition are all causes for cellulite. There are many products women usually turn to and this can include creams, laser treatments, radial shock-waves, Mesotherapy and even dry brushing. The level of effectiveness however, is largely on an individual to individual basis, and of course, how much money you’re willing to spend. Some who have tried coffee scrubs have complete faith in the procedure and even reported apparent changes within 4 weeks of steady treatment. Increasingly gaining popularity on Instagram and Pinterest, there are hundreds of recipes for one to choose from.
The natural properties and pigments in coffee can make for a great form of natural dye for fabric, paper and even your hair. Coffee, according to some sources, have been used as hair dye treatment for a long time, and natural ground coffee is a fantastic natural method to darken hair or acquire a healthy glow. Some even argue that coffee is a great tool for getting rid of gray hair. Simply brew a very strong pot of coffee and allow it to come to room temperature. After giving your hair the usual shampooing, pour the cooled liquid slowly over your head. This is followed by gentle massage, all the way to the tips of your hair. Once done, cover your head with a shower cap and let it rest for 20 minutes. Once done, simply wash off the residue. For optimization, repeat the procedure twice a week until the shade of brown you desire is achieved.
A CURE FOR BALDNESS
So you’ve lived through the ice bucket challenge. Latest research now suggest you pour something hot over your head – your coffee, and here’s why: Coffee has surfaced as the latest cure for baldness. For those of you who have been steadily chugging the brew for decades, sadly, that won’t do the trick. Rubbing it directly on your head however, is what is supposingly doing the deed, as researches have found evidence of growth promoting effects of caffeine on human hair follicles. The authors also speak of a caffeine shampoo that is developed to keep pre-existing hair roots active. Read more on this study here.
A REMEDY FOR FLU
This remedy seems to have it roots in the Chinese culture. This treat is said to be best utilized just before the onset of flu, meaning when the initial symptoms begin to emerge: running nose, sneezing or muscle ache. Apparently, you should start out with drinking 2 to 3 cups of hot water, rapidly, followed by 1 to 3 cups of hot coffee, depending on tolerance, to be drunk at your own pace. Adding milk or sugar is also a matter of personal preference, or you may skip it altogether and just have it black. Due to coffee’s diuretic property, it is said that there would be an 80 percent chance of your flu symptoms diminishing after just 2 to 3 hours into the process. A warning however, is that this should be avoided by those who suffer from high blood pressure. Read more here.
EYE BAG TREATMENT
Caffeinated ingredients are generally consumed for their energy-boosting properties but what happens when it is applied on your skin? It acts as an anti-inflammatory treatment which is rich in antioxidant properties. Puffiness under your eyes and quickly be reduced as caffeine constricts the blood vessels below the skin. The application of caffeine on the skin’s surface can get rid of not only eye bags but dark circles, and the best part is you do not have to take up a coffee-drinking habit to reap this benefit. All it takes is a good mix of half a spoon of ground coffee and coconut oil, a pinch of ground black pepper and a few droplets of water. The mask should be left on for about 5 to 10 minutes and a word of caution is to not get any in your eyes as it will burn.
Caffeine is the cheapest, easiest, most available drug to treat a migraine, according to some experts. As mentioned above, coffee has the ability to constrict blood vessels, which in this scenario, can reduce pain. Contrary to common beliefs, experts say that if you feel a migraine coming, quickly drink a cup of two of strong black coffee. As a stimulant, coffee can also supposedly help you think better when you’re experiencing a migraine fog. Find out more here.
GETTING RID OF HANGOVERS
If high cholesterol foods and plenty of water does not cure you off your hangover, scientists recently confirmed that to soothe a tired head, just drink some coffee. They found the caffeine in coffee and the anti-inflammatory ingredients of aspirin and other painkillers reacted against the chemical compounds of ethanol, or pure alcohol. Read here for the full article.
NATURAL CAR DEODORIZER
As odd as it may seem, coffee grounds absorbs odors and smells. Just leave some in an open bag overnight in your car. Malaysians tend to use Pandan leaf for most things but this alternative seems to also be effective. Just bear in mind that your car will most likely exude a very strong coffee smell the next day, even overpowering whatever smell you were initially trying to get rid off. So if you’re not one who likes the scent too much, don’t opt for this method.