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A good quality coffee essential oil smells like a cup of freshly brewed coffee.
Coffee oil is a relatively new option and most aromatherapy books don't mention it. Also, confusion arises because a number of different products are available, and sellers aren't always clear about what they're selling. Let's look at what you might find.
Plant family: Rubiaceae.
Latin name: Coffea arabica or Coffea robusta or Coffea canephora.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle.
Is coffee oil safe to use during pregnancy? Consult a professional.
Is coffee essential oil safe for children? Diffusing is OK; otherwise, no, according to Jennifer Lane, Certified Aromatherapist.
Note: Coffee oil contains a small percentage (0.5-1.5%) of caffeine.
Coffee essential oil is cold pressed from coffee beans. Either green (unroasted) or roasted beans can produce an oil. Oils from roasted coffee beans have an aroma closer to freshly brewed coffee.
The essential oil is a stimulant and digestive aid, according to Revive Oils. Three suggested ways to use coffee oil:
Coffee essential oil is stimulating and uplifting, according to Plant Therapy. Diffusing the oil can help lift your mood and also deodorize spaces. Use the oil in a sugar scrub with orange essential oil and vanilla oleoresin for a wake-up shower.
Jennifer Lane suggests the following uses for coffee oil:
Coffee absolute is solvent extracted from the beans. (Example: Mountain Rose Herbs) Absolutes are generally very thick and also more expensive than an essential oil.
Coffee CO2 extract (Example: Eden Botanicals or LG Botanicals.) CO2 extracts are more like an essential oil than absolutes are.
Coffee blossom absolute oil is solvent extracted from flowers and buds of the coffee plant. You may also find this oil called coffee flower essential oil, which is inaccurate because an absolute is different from an essential oil.
Coffee blossom is purifying, transformative, uplifting, spiritual, and balancing, according to The Healing Art of Essential Oils.The oil opens the heart and brings joy and pleasure and also calms the nervous system, reduces anxiety, and promotes peace and comfort. You can use the oil in a skin conditioner, hair enhancer, or massage oil.
The invigorating, warming scent of coffee blossom absolute may help calm nervous energy, reduce stress, and manage situational depression, according to Nature in Bottle. The oil also can act as an aphrodisiac and increase sexual excitement.
Coffee infused oil is made by infusing coffee beans into a vegetable oil. Infused oils make good carrier oils but they do not have the same properties as an essential oil, absolute, or CO2 extract. How to make coffee-infused oil.
Add the following oils to an aromatherapy inhaler.
Inhale as needed.
Another option: Add 5 to 6 drops of this blend to your car diffuser for an uplifting drive.
Source: Eden's Garden
Exfoliating Coffee Scrub
Stir together these ingredients:
Massage the scrub onto wet skin. Rinse well.
Source: Eden's Garden
Caffeine has astringent properties that may help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Mix the ingredients well. Massage into areas of cellulite as needed.
Source: Mom Prepares
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