Aatma Nirbhar – the new (and only) way to get most things done. Food? Be your own cook. Plants? Be your own mali. Hugs? Be your own bear ‘cause there’s just no way around it.
I have a 70-30 equation with this situation. 70% happy to have learnt new “skills” in these 3 months (washing dishes without breaking something is a serious skill), and 30% annoyed by how tired I am all the time (a full-time job and a full-time home job is no joke). I’m going to defy math and add another 10 here – 10% excited about learning to take care of myself, internally and externally. I call it self care and chill. You literally just care for yourself and chill out. Eat a tub of ice cream or something.
It’s been rough with our peeling hands, overgrown eyebrows, greying roots and an overall state of 24×7 pajama livin’. But you know what they say – when you can’t go shopping, you make things at home. Okay no one says that, but now I do. My point is – here’s a list of awesome things you can do with ground coffee; tried and tested.
Hack #1 – Make your own body scrub
1 part coconut oil and 2 parts ground coffee. Boom. That’s it. Mix and gently scrub away. Caffeine increases blood flow and can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Coconut oil is magical in every way, and makes your skin soft like a baby’s bottom. Use it as a full body scrub, including your face and lips.
Hack #2 – Natural plant fertilizer
Sprinkle a thin layer of ground coffee on your (indoor and outdoor) plants every 4-6 weeks. Now that you’re your own mali, this is the only hack you need (besides watering your plants of course).
Hack #3 – Air freshener/odor absorbent
Store ground coffee in an open jar anywhere you want to absorb funny smells (pantry cupboards, bathroom, under the kitchen sink). We think it works best to get rid of funky odors in the fridge. Old cheese? Yikes!
Hack #4 – Make a fancy scented candle
If candle making is something you enjoy, try using coffee as an ingredient. Ground coffee in candles smells authentic and borderline delish. A layer of wax, a layer of coffee, and repeat till your jar is full. Goodbye overpriced scented candles!
So there you have it, how to be Aatma Nirbhar with a little ground coffee. If you’re anything like me, the idea of coffee everywhere should give you little goose bumps of excitement.And if it does, you’ve come to the right place. We have little packets of ground coffee set aside. Get in touch and we’ll tell you more.
Stay safe and remember to “self care and chill”, fam.
About the Author
Nivedita is a full-time copywriter at an Advertising firm, and a part-time illustrator in her own world. She grew up in the mountains, and hopes to move back someday with 5 dogs, a kitchen garden, and a career in both art+copy, to find what she thinks will be her “adult utopia” (this world must include coffee).