Recognized by its color and distinguished aroma, coffee has traveled through the ages. From the Kaffa region of Ethiopia, where it is believed to have originated, to Yemen, where its effects would have earned it the Arabic name of K'hawah meaning "invigorating", the eponymous drink distinguished itself by its unique taste. which has earned him the conquest of the greatest civilizations. Leonhard Rauwolf, a physician of German origin, was one of the first Westerners to describe the drink in 1583, calling it a drink "as black as ink" capable of relieving many ailments. With this discovery, the incredible epic of this new black gold begins in the West.
Impressive figures that illustrate the global success of this stimulant. Prized for its whiplash effect thanks to its caffeine content, we tend to forget that even after its use, the residue of its infusion can always be useful to us in many areas of everyday life. House, garden or beauty, the black elixir continues to surprise us. Consoglobe reviews 12 of its uses:
Body & beauty tips
Mask for the skin: For a toned face and a devastating cleavage, mix 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds with an egg white and apply on these areas for 10 minutes before rinsing. The antioxidant properties of caffeine and the tightening effect of the egg white will give you a good look and fight against the cellular aging responsible for the appearance of wrinkles.
Exfoliating: Due to its granular texture, coffee grounds are a formidable natural exfoliant for softer skin. Mix it with almond oil or honey to strengthen its action and moisturize the skin.
Care against puffiness: If you suffer from bags under the eyes, look no further, the stimulating properties of caffeine will give a boost to micro-circulation to decongest your eyes. The trick: mix a teaspoon of coffee grounds, 1 teaspoon of yoghurt and 2 to 3 drops of lemon juice. Let cool for a few hours then apply to dark circles for 15 minutes before rinsing.
Anticellulite: In addition to its ability to reduce photo-aging, caffeine would prevent the excessive accumulation of fat in the cells of the body. It is also without surprise that it is one of the key ingredients of anti-cellulite cosmetics. To benefit from its virtues, mix 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds (still warm) and a teaspoon of olive oil. Spread this preparation on transparent film and use this poultice to surround the areas of your body most prone to cellulite.
Natural fertilizer: For this trick, the moderation is appropriate, the coffee grounds having an acidic pH. To benefit from it, place it in a bowl and allow to dry to avoid the formation of mold. Once dry, spread it as a very thin layer around your seedlings.
Anti-flea: Excellent repellent, it will be your ally if you have pets at home. To fight against the presence of fleas on their coat, use coffee grounds alone or mixed with their shampoo to get rid of them.
Protects your plants: Against invasive snails or slugs, it will be enough to spread coffee grounds around your plants or at the foot of your roses to keep away unwanted insects.
Anti-ants: If these invade your home (or garden), mix coffee grounds with lemon juice in a spray bottle and use this preparation to create a protective barrier around your home.
Keep away from crawling intruders: To keep stray cats away from trampling on your pretty flower beds, simply mix the coffee grounds with lemon or orange peels and arrange them all around. The smell of the mixture being badly appreciated by these felines.
Unclogging the pipes: Sink clogged or pipes that smell bad ... so many problems that occur in the kitchen or in the bathroom. To remedy this, a tablespoon of coffee grounds in the piping to dislodge grease and eliminate odors!
Anti-odor control: Coffee grounds are particularly useful for deodorizing places that may contain bad odors. Put in a bowl and place it in the affected areas for a few days (refrigerator, oven, cupboard ... etc.)
Clean the dishes: Excellent anti-grease, the coffee grounds easily replace the dishwashing liquid to eliminate stubborn residues and the presence of fat on your plates, stoves, casseroles and cutlery. Bring 3 to 4 tablespoons of this ingredient and rub with a sponge or cloth.