|Written by Dena Bolton|
Intro:Â Before you throw out those coffee grounds after you have finished that last cup of coffee in the morning, consider using them to make a wonderfully spicy body scrub. Yes, you can actually use coffee grounds in a body scrub. They make a great exfoliant and are known for having toning and stimulating properties, which your skin will love. This particular body scrub is also great for softening the skin. In addition, the ingredients used make it smell good enough to eat.
Step 1:Â Mix 1 tablespoon used coffee grounds with Â˝ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ÂĽ teaspoon ground nutmeg, and ÂĽ teaspoon ground ginger in a glass or ceramic bowl. The cinnamon especially gives a nice uplifting scent to this body scrub. The nutmeg and ginger add to the spicy fragrance, which is great for those people who do not care for flowery, sweet aromas.
Step 2:Â Add 1 teaspoon wheat germ oil and 5 drops essential oil of cedar wood. Wheat germ oil is very high in vitamin E, making it particularly good for use on the skin. Wheat germ oil is also excellent for mature skin and for skin that is dry or dehydrated. In addition, it contains fatty acids that are often used as skin softeners. If that were not enough, the vitamin E in wheat germ oil acts as a natural preservative, as well. The essential oil of cedar wood is used primarily for its aroma.
Step 3:Â Mix in 3 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter until a gritty paste is formed. The oil from the peanut butter helps to moisturize the skin. Store in glass jar and seal.
Step 4:Â Cleanse your body in the shower as usual before using the body scrub. Massage the scrub gently onto the skin. Use extra body scrub on problem areas, such as the knees and elbows. Allow the scrub to penetrate the skin for 2 or 3 minutes before rinsing. Pat dry.
â€˘You can find essential oils at your local health food or herbal store.
â€˘This body scrub makes a great gift.
â€˘Do not use this body scrub with wheat germ oil if you have an allergy to wheat or gluten.
â€˘This body scrub contains oil and can make the bottom of your shower slippery.Â Consider using a rubber mat in your shower.
â€˘As with all herbal remedies, test a small patch of skin before using.
â€˘Discontinue use if you experience any breakouts.
â€˘If you have any concerns, consult your health care professional or a certified herbalist before using.