If your answer is coffee, I have news for you about conventional coffee. Even if you only consume organic coffee, you might want to know why it’s a healthier choice.

Coffee is one of the most traded products in the world - with over 12 billion pounds of it being produced annually - and as a result, conventional-grown coffee is among the most heavily chemically treated ‘cash crop’ in the world. Research has shown that conventional coffee can contain upwards of 500 added chemicals, some of which are toxic to our bodies. Why are these chemicals used on cash crops to begin with?

Our economic system is driven by mass production in order to meet a demand. Therefore, farming methods have been developed to maximize production. Farmers spray synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides (many of which has been banned in certain nations) on their crops. What results from this is the non-organic conventional coffee that many of us are used to drinking on a daily basis.

Not only does the consumer suffer from drinking conventional non-organic coffee - especially on a daily basis - the farmers who have to live around it do too. They are exposed to high levels of chemicals while spraying and handling their crops. Furthermore, surrounding communities are exposed to a high level of chemicals which have passed through their air and water supply. Overall, this mass-production, chemical method is detrimental to our personal health and to the health of the environment.

What Can I Do?

For those of us who are consummate coffee drinkers, we recommend the following:

1. Drink Organic Coffee - There aren’t any chemicals used in producing organic coffee. These beans are grown with organic fertilizers, like coffee pulp or compost. Additionally, these beans have many healthy antioxidants.

Choosing this option has the additional benefits of emitting less carbon dioxide into the air. All in all, your health, the health of the farmer and our environment benefits from purchasing and consuming organic coffee.

*Side note* To guarantee that the farmers have been paid fairly and treated well through the trading process, choose ‘Organic Fair Trade’ coffee beans whenever possible.

2. Consider Green Tea - Green tea does contain caffeine however it has about 35% less caffeine than coffee. It is also extremely rich in polyphenol compounds, which are antioxidants that help to protect the cells of our bodies from the damage caused by toxins in our food, water and air.

*Side note* When choosing a green tea, it is also very important that you choose an organic brand.

Remember, knowledge is powerful, so please share this information with everyone who will benefit from it.


The Hammam, a public steam room and bath cleansing ritual, originated in Arabia where bath culture was once an integral part of the Roman lifestyle. Eventually popularized by Turkish natives, the ancient tradition later spread to different cultures throughout southern Europe and northern Africa, particularly Morocco.

Today, Moroccan natives pay a weekly visit to a local Hammam to partake in the ritual-based body treatment that includes cleansing, aromatherapy, detoxification and massage. “An ancient purification ritual that has both healing and transformative powers, the Moroccan Hammam encourages skin smoothing, increases circulation, stimulates the immune system, releases toxins, and is an excellent way to relax and melt away stress,” says Erin Stewart, spa director at Joya Spa. It’s a great way to purify the skin using key Moroccan ingredients such as black soap, rhassoul clay and argan oil.”

Royal Hammam Treatment - The Spa at La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco

This treatment offers the complete hammam experience including a relaxation steam room with eucalyptus scent, followed by a black soap exfoliation, ghassoul clay body wrap and an application of argan oil. The ritual concludes with a deluxe body massage.

Moroccan Hammam Treatment - The Spa at Trump at Trump SoHo, New York, New York

The Spa at Trump is home to the first authentic luxury hammam in Manhattan, featuring the personalized technique and service of the spa’s Hammam Attaché (a personal treatment guide) throughout the experience. This revitalizing therapy uses authentic Moroccan black soap and warm ghassoul clay for full-body exfoliation, detoxification and deep nourishment.

Moroccan Cleansing Retreat - Joya Spa at Montelucia Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona

Begin your experience with the taste of traditional Moroccan tea and then enjoy falling into deep relaxation as you are pampered with a rare volcanic body masque and exquisite foot treatment featuring exotic essential oils. A massage with an application of skin-smoothing argan oil follows to continue the bliss.

Red Flower Hammam Treatment - ONE Spa at Shutters On The Beach, Santa Monica, California

A deeply detoxifying experience, this therapeutic ritual features a spin on the standard through a vigorous citrus coffee body exfoliation, a purifying rhassoul clay wrap and a heated deep tissue massage. To finish, your skin is coated with shea butter and figs for a feeling of pure rejuvenation.


Looking to bring the Moroccan spa experience home? Try these products.

Black Soap

A mixture of oil, crushed Moroccan olives, salt and potash (manufactured salt containing potassium in water-soluble form), black soap originated in West Africa and is generally the first treatment in the traditional hammam ritual. Oftentimes referred to as “savon noir,” black soap is rich in vitamin E and is “antimicrobial, medicinal and detoxifying, as well as aromatic to the senses,” says Stewart. It deep cleans the skin, making it softer to prepare for exfoliation, and also helps reduce premature signs of aging.

We like one in particular from Shea Terra Organics because it is slightly efoliating and free of dyes. $8, sheaterraorganics.com


Rose Oil

Rose Oil, also known as rose otto, is a luxurious oil made from rosa damascena, or Moroccan rose. Considered the essential oil with the highest vibration (the impact of essential oils and plants on people’s feelings, state of mind and health), rose oil is recognized in aromatherapy for its stress-relieving and soothing properties, as well as its ability to make the skin glowy and smooth.

“Extracted from actual rose petals, the healing and balancing oil is especially suitable for sensitive, dry and aging skin,” says Mohamed Rzal, head of product development at REN Clean Skincare. “Rose water, a by-product of the oil, is also used in many beauty rituals as a cleanser and moisturizer, as well as an anti-aging treatment.” $48,renskincare.com

Rhassoul Clay

Moroccan Rhassoul clay, also known as ghassoul clay, is organically mined from ancient deposits deep within the Atlas Mountains in the Northeast region of Morocco,” says Stewart. “It can be used as a detoxifying cleanser, skin conditioner or body mask, and surpasses other clays because it contains the highest content of silica, magnesium, potassium and calcium.” Typically, the mineral-rich rhassoul clay comes in a smooth powder form and is blended with orange flower water or rose water to turn it into a sweet-smelling paste. “Mixed with rose water, ghassoul clay becomes a smooth paste that has purifying virtues and liberates toxins,” says Aude Koch, spa director at La Mamounia.

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