Coffee

Let me just start off by confessing I drink a lot of coffee. Too much, really. I drink five to six cups of coffee a day. I drink my coffee black, which a lot of people find repulsive, but that is how I like it. Plus, it kind of makes me feel like a badass.

My favourite coffee to drink in North America is without a doubt Tim Horton’s regular brew. Their dark roast is pretty good, too, but their regular roast is like a little dose of warm happiness in a cup. My God I have a problem.

Apart from drinking it, coffee has a lot of purposes and is certainly an efficient little thing. For example, this past Christmas my sister made me a homemade coffee lip scrub, and it works wonders. Coffee is a really great natural exfoliant, and there are loads of recipes on the internet that tell you how to make your own homemade coffee scrub. Here is a little recipe I found just by doing a google search:

HOMEMADE COFFEE BODY SCRUB:

You will need 2 cups of coffee beans ground to a fine powder, 1/3 cup of salt OR 1/3 cup of brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Simply mix all ingredients together in a bowl until combined, and voila! You have created your own luxury body scrub.

Coffee body scrubs are great for your body in terms of removing dead skin cells, but I personally wouldn’t recommend using the above recipe as a facial coffee scrub. Raw salt and sugar can be irritating to sensitive skin, so if you’re looking for a gentler version of a coffee scrub that can be used on the face, try combining 1/4 cup of ground coffee with 1 cup of coconut oil.

In addition to having cosmetic purposes, there are a lot of propositions that coffee is beneficial to your health. Coffee is loaded with antioxidants, contains a few essential nutrients, speeds up your metabolism, and obviously gives you a caffeine kick to reboot your energy levels. It can dehydrate you, however, so I try to have one class of water for every cup of coffee I drink.

So, head over to your local coffee shop and pick up a hot cup of coffee – and don’t forget to save your coffee grounds, because they even act as a fertilizer in soil.

Cheers! :)

– Lauren

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