Benefits of Coffee in Aromatherapy
An article about the benefits of coffee in aromatherapy. Written by professional aromatherapist and author Sharon Falsetto.
Have you thought about the benefits of coffee in aromatherapy? Consider this statement: “Over 50% of Americans over 18 years of age drink coffee every day.”(1) In fact, the United States is the #1 consumer of coffee in the world. (1) But in addition to consuming coffee the traditional way, how else do Americans, and citizens worldwide, use coffee? Read on to discover how coffee can be used in aromatherapy.
The Effects of Coffee on the Body
Coffee is made from coffee beans extracted from the Coffea plant species. Coffee beans contain caffeine, an ingredient which contains antioxidants; antioxidants are important to the body because they can fight free radicals which cause cell destruction in the body.(2) However, because coffee is also a stimulant,(3) it dilutes the blood vessels and pumps blood faster through the body, making both the brain and the heart work faster. So how do you harness the benefits of coffee without making your body work too fast?
The Mayo Clinic states that four cups (up to 400mg) of coffee a day is the limit which you should, healthily, be consuming.(4) However, for regular coffee drinkers, caffeine withdrawal can occur from missing just one cup of coffee a day. Caffeine withdrawal symptoms include irritability, headaches, restlessness, lethargy, nervousness and inability to function effectively.
Health Benefits of Coffee
Some possible health benefits of consuming coffee, the traditional way, include:
- protection against Parkinson’s disease
- protection against liver cancer
- protection against type 2 diabetes(5)
- reduced risk of stroke
- reduced risk of colon cancer
- reduced risk of heart disease.(6)
Coffee in Aromatherapy
Coffee is used a lot in aromatherapy for cellulite issues. The reason for this is that caffeine is said to stimulate circulation and release stored water retention, two factors which increase the risk of cellulite.
A popular way to utilize coffee in aromatherapy is to make a scrub. The additional action of scrubbing helps to promote exfoliation of dead skin cells and increases circulation in the body.(7) Although science has yet to prove that coffee can indeed eliminate cellulite effectively, we can review the antioxidant actions of coffee as:
- antioxidants can reduce inflammation
- antioxidants can dilute blood vessels and temporarily tone the skin.
Furthermore, the aroma of coffee can:
- improve memory
- increase alertness
- enhance cognitivity.(8)
Coffee Aromatherapy Recipes
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- E-Imports website, Coffee Statistics 2021, accessed from: https://www.e-importz.com/coffee-statistics.php#:~:text=Coffee%20Consumption%3A%20Over%2050%25%20of,%2Ficed%20coffee%20beverages%2C%20etc.
- PubMed website, Antioxidant and Prooxidant Properties of Caffeine, Theobromine and Xanthine, accessed from: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12960921/#:~:text=Background%3A%20Caffeine%2C%20along%20with%20its,but%20also%20shows%20prooxidant%20activity.
- PubMed website, Caffeine and the Central Nervous System: Mechanisms of Action, Biochemical, Metabolic, and Pyschostimulant Effects, accessed from: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1356551/
- The Mayo Clinic website, Caffeine: How Much is Too Much?, accessed from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/caffeine/art-20045678
- The Mayo Clinic website, Does Coffee Offer Health Benefits?, accessed from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/coffee-and-health/faq-20058339
- John Hopkins Medicine website, 9 Reasons Why (the Right Amount of) Coffee is Good for You, accessed from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/coffee-and-health/faq-20058339
- Healthline website, Do Coffee Scrubs Treat Cellulite?, accessed from: https://www.healthline.com/health/coffee-scrub-for-cellulite#What-does-science-say?
- PubMed website, Effect of one time coffee fragrance inhalation on working memory, mood, and salivary cortisol level in healthy young volunteers: a randomized placebo controlled trial, accessed from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6881620/
About the Author:
The author of this article has been working in the health care industry since the 1990’s and in the aromatherapy industry since the 2000’s. She is UK-certified aromatherapist and a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist®. She is both a published author and editor in aromatherapy, a consultant, custom blend formulator and life-long herbal studies student. She is the author of Authentic Aromatherapy and the current chief editor of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal. She has taken the online Master Gardener short course series with the University of Oregon. Sharon works from her garden studio in Sedona, Arizona, where she gardens and distills plants from her own aromatic gardens, surrounded by natural fauna and flora on an original pioneer homestead property.