Did you know a staggering 83 percent of Americans drink coffee, equating to an average of three cups per day?

This might come as no surprise, though; almost everywhere you look, you will either see someone with a cup of coffee in their hand or an advertisement telling you to buy yourself a cup. Coffee fuels the world in many ways, but did you know that you can use a cup of joe for more than just a quick pick-me-up beverage? Coffee actually offers many benefits, but you don’t necessarily have to drink it to reap the many benefits.

Today, you can use java in all sorts of nifty ways, whether for your health, garden, or furniture!

Here are five uses for coffee you never heard about:


1. Coffee enema

This might sound strange or uncomfortable initially, but getting a coffee enema can make you healthier.

Taken from Helping the Body Detoxify by Linda L. Isaacs, M.D., “Coffee enemas have long been in use. In a case report in the Pacific Medical and Surgical Journal in December 1866, M.A. Cachot, MD, described successful use of a coffee enema to treat a child dying from accidental poisoning.

Articles from the late 1800s reported that coffee enemas were helpful in post-operative care; at a medical meeting in 1896, Dr. W.J. Mayo, one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic, mentioned coffee enemas as a routine part of care for patients after abdominal surgery.  Coffee enemas were listed as a stimulant and as a treatment for shock in medical and nursing textbooks in the early 1900s.

In an extensive 1941 article in Uruguayan Medical, Surgical and Specialization Archives, Dr. Carlos Stajano described immediate improvement in near-terminal patients after coffee enemas, including a patient with cocaine intoxication and a patient with post-operative shock.  He elaborated on his extensive experience with coffee enemas in post-operative management and made a plea for their continued use.”

According to Lawrence Wilson, MD, java enemas can be used to cleanse and heal the colon, detoxify the liver and intestines, help get rid of parasites, eliminate pain, help with depression and anxiety, increase mental clarity and energy levels, aid in better digestion, and much more.

2. You can use coffee to make your hair shinier!

If you want glossy hair, your favorite beans can actually give it that extra shine, so save your coffee grounds instead of throwing them away! The stimulating effects of caffeine can also help your hair grow, so mix it with your preferred conditioner and leave the mixture in your hair for twenty minutes. You may not want to use too much coffee if you have lighter hair, as it might darken the color. Use this healthy natural treatment on your hair weekly for the best results.

3. Coffee can fill in cracks in your furniture.

Did you know you can actually use coffee to repair furniture?! If you notice unsightly cracks or gouges in your furniture, simply mix 2-3 tablespoons of coffee with a little water, and you will have a thick paste to fill in the cracks with. If you have wood furniture with red tones, mix a bit of iodine into the paste. Then, remove any extra paste with a damp cloth, and use furniture wax to buff it.

4. You can use the grounds as fertilizer!

Yes, coffee grounds can actually help your plants grow! Many plants, such as azaleas and rosebushes, love acid, and coffee contains a relatively high pH of around 5. The spent grounds go a long way, so you will need about 3/4 a cup per month to benefit the plants in your garden. However, make sure to dig far enough into the soil so the grounds are completely covered and won’t become moldy from too much oxygen.


5. Wash your face with your favorite java.

Just as coffee can make your hair healthier, it also makes an excellent face cleaner. Coffee helps to exfoliate and get rid of any dead skin. You can find many recipes for face cleaners, but if you want to make it extra simple, just moisten a few tablespoons of grounds, and leave them on your face for five or ten minutes. Rub them on your face in a circular motion to eliminate dead skin, and then rinse completely.