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Guide To Coffee Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses

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.

Aromatherapy supplies with the words Guide To Coffee Essential Oil Benefits and Uses and photo of a Coffea arabica plant.

Basic Coffee Facts

Plant family: Rubiaceae.

Latin name: Coffea arabica or Coffea robusta or Coffea canephora.

Perfume/Aromatic note: Base to 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

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:

  • For smooth skin, add a few drops to coconut oil. Apply to skin.
  • Add a drop or two to shampoo. This hair wash may stimulate the scalp and promote hair growth.
  • Diffuse coffee to relieve lethargy and tiredness.

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:

  • For a massage oil to help relieve muscle or joint discomfort, blend a few drops into 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.
  • For a bath, add a few drops to a tablespoon of castile soap. Stir the blend into bathwater.
  • To promote hair growth, mix a few drops into shampoo or conditioner.
  • For skin care, add a few drops to products like DIY lotions, creams, or scrubs.
  • For alertness, add a few drops to an aromatherapy inhaler and inhale as needed.

Coffee Absolute and Coffee CO2 Extract

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 Oil

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

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.

Coffee Aromatherapy Blends

Cheer-Up Inhaler

Add the following oils to an aromatherapy inhaler.  

  • 5 drops coffee oil
  • 5 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 5 drops sandalwood essential oil

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:

  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) ground coffee
  • 2 tablespoons rosehip oil
  • 18 drops coffee essential oil for body use or 6 drops for use on the face

Massage the scrub onto wet skin. Rinse well.

Source: Eden's Garden

Cellulite Reduction

Caffeine has astringent properties that may help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

  • 6 drops coffee oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground coffee

Mix the ingredients well. Massage into areas of cellulite as needed.
Source: Mom Prepares

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