How to Use Cucumbers in the Home, the Garden, for your Health and Beauty

Cucumber fruit developing on plants possessing multiple lateral branching, which is atypical of commercial cucumbers. This type of branching is important because increasing branch number increases yield potential.
Cucumber fruit developing on plants possessing multiple lateral branching, which is atypical of commercial cucumbers. This type of branching is important because increasing branch number increases yield potential. | Source

Cucumbers are an easy to grow vegetable thought to have originated in India. They have been cultivated in Western Asia for 3000 years. They spread through the Mediterranean and Europe before eventually landing in North America. Cucumbers can be grown in a variety of soil conditions but required full sunshine. They grow well with sweet corn, beans and sunflowers but they do not grow well with potatoes and aromatic herbs. As well, their growth inhibits the growth of most weeds due to a substance they secrete. Cucumbers are a fantastic part of the human diet but they have so many more unusual and lesser known uses. Cucumbers have important, unusual and green uses in the areas of beauty, health, gardening and the home.

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Using Cucumbers for Beauty

  1. Want to perk up baggy and tired eyes? Cucumbers placed over the eyes for 15 to 20 minutes reduce inflammation and perk up tired, baggy eyes.
  2. Want to reduce the visiblity of cellulite? By rubbing a slice of cucumber along your problem areas, cellulite becomes less visible. Phytochemicals in the cucumber tighten collagen in the skin, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite.
  3. Pimple, blackheads, wrinkles and facial dryness can be prevented or reduced by a regular cucumber facial.
  4. Promote hair growth using cucumber juice due to its high silicon and sulphur content.
  5. Reduce stress with cucumber aromatherapy. Cut up an entire cucumber and place the pieces in a boiling pot of water. The chemicals and nutrients are released in the steam creating a relaxing aroma.

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Using Cucumbers for Good Health

  1. Feeling Tired? Eat cucumber slices for their B vitamins and carbohydrates that provide an energy boost.
  2. Get most of the vitamins required daily as cucumbers contain Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
  3. Avoid a hangover or the morning after the binge headache by eating some cucumber slices before going to bed. The sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes replace lost nutrients avoiding the hangover and headache.
  4. Reduce your waistline by curbing the snacking binge. Cucumbers are mostly water and very low in calories so eating cucumber slices fill you up but not out.
  5. Bad breathe after too much coffee or that caesar salad can be eliminated by taking a slice of cucumber and pressing it to the roof of your mouth for 30 seconds. The phytochemicals in cucumbers are antibacterial, killing the bacteria responsible.
  6. Cure constipation by eating fibre-rich raw cucumber which aids bowel action.
  7. Relieve the burning sensation in the stomach from hyperacidity and ulcers by consuming cucumber juice which contains a large percentage of alkaline-forming minerals.
  8. Raw cucumbers contain the phytochemical Polyphenols which act as antioxidants reducing the damaging effects of nitrosamines and which kill human cancer cells.
  9. Raw cucumbers also contain the phytochemical Flavenoids which prevent the attachment of cancer-causing hormones to cells by blocking receptor sites.
  10. Finally, raw cucumbers contain the phytochemical Monoterpenes which have antioxidant properties, induce protective enzymes, inhibit cholesterol production in tumors, stimulate destruction of breast cancer cells and inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Cucumbers Used in Pest Removal

  1. Grubs and slugs are driven away by slices of cucumber placed in an aluminum pie tin. The chemicals in cucumbers react with the aluminum giving off a scent detected by and undesireable to garden pests.
  2. In gardens, where they grow, cucumbers secrete a substance which slows or eliminates the growth of weeds.

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Using the Cucumber as a Green Cleaner

  1. Remove the fog on your bathroom mirror by rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror. Fog is eliminated and soothing spa-like fragrance remains behind.
  2. Shine your shoes for that important meeting or wedding reception by rubbing freshly cut cucumber slices over the shoe. You get a durable shine that also repels water.
  3. Fix a squeaky hinge by using a cucumber slice like WD-40. Rub a slice of cucumber along the squeaky hinge and voilà your door closes quietly.
  4. Remove tarnish from and bring back the shine to faucets, sinks or stainless steel. Rub a cucumber slice along the problem surface and leave a tarnish-free, streak-free shine without hurting your fingers or nails!
  5. Run out of liquid paper or looking for a green way to correct mistakes on documents?Carefully rub the skin of a cucumber on the mistake to erase pen writing.
  6. Crayon and marker on walls can also be removed by rubbing with the skin of cucumber.

Food Value, Mineral and Vitamin Content of Cucumbers

Calories
39
% Calories from Fat
7.8
Total Fat (g)
0.4
% Calories from Carbohydrates
73.8
Saturated Fat (g)
0.1
% Calories from Protein
18.5
Monounsaturated Fat (g)
0.0
% Refuse
3.0
Polyunsaturated Fat (g)
0.2
Vitamin C (mg)
16
Cholesterol (mg)
0
Vitamin A (i.u.)
647
Carbohydrate (g)
8.3
Vitamin B6 (mg)
0.13
Dietary Fiber (g)
2.4
Vitamin B12 (mcg)
0
Protein (g)
2.1
Thiamin B1 (mg)
0.07
Sodium (mg)
6
Riboflavin B (mg)
0.07
Potassium (mg)
433
Folacin (mcg)
39.1
Phosphorus (mg)
25
Iron (mg)
1.5
Calcium (mg)
42
Zinc (mg)
0.6
Niacin (mg)
0.7
Moisture (%)
96.3
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Resources Used

  1. "Fight Cancer with these Phytochemicals". www.mardianinmotion.com/2008/08/fight-cancer-with-these-phytochemicals
  2. "Natural Benefits and Curative Properties of Cucumber". http://www.best-home-remedies.com/herbal_medicine/vegetables/cucumber.htm
  3. www.­spicesmedicinalh­erbs.­com/­cucumber-­cucmis-­sativus-­veggie.­html
  4. "The Magic of Cucumber". Sept. 6, 2010. http://studioblossoms.wordpress.com/tag/cucumber-magic-phytochemicals-uses-of-cucumber-eliminate-bad-breath/

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm honored to give this hub it's first comment. Cucumbers are amazing vegetable! So many uses for them, but my favorite is to eat them as slices with a touch of salt. Delish!!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Sunshine for the comment. My dad kept telling me all these great uses for cucumbers and then I saw a newspaper article including those uses and more. A little more research and what do you know even more uses for this little gem of a vegetable. My favorite is raw or with a little vinegar and sugar.

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