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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2009-11-23

Bet You Never Thought To Use A Cucumber For This! From Curing A Hangover To Bye, Bye Cellulite!


Sometimes I get the greatest and informative emails and this is one of them on all the ways that you can use a cucumber to combat some small problems naturally. I am all for finding any way possible to use as few chemicals as possible. I did a post awhile back on how good cucumbers are for your body and now just look!!!!!! Wooohoooo! I am going to buy more cucumbers (plus my guinea pigs love them)!!!

This information was in The New York Times several
weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted
creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6,
Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and
Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick
up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates
that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a
cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a
soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in
a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The
chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent
undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or
to the pool?
Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem
area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the
collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the
visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber
slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers
contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential
nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a
hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge?
Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders
and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you
don't have enough time to polish your shoes?
Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not
only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice
and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the
spa
? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the
chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water
and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has
been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during
final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints?
Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your
tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill
the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless
steel?
Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean,
not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is
won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you
clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and
slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and
markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

23 comments:

John said...
Wow! Who would have guessed? Thanks, Heidi.
Ha! I just had some in a salad today! :D

I will now go out and buy some more! Didn't know that they did ALL THIS for ya! Thanks for posting it, Heidi! ;)
BeadedTail said...
Who would've thought that cucumbers did all that? Guess I need to start stocking up on them! Thanks for always providing such great info Heidi!
sexylegsandbody said...
Hello Heidi, fantastic info, fortunately I love cucumber.

When you have a moment, please visit and comment on my last post, I have a giveaway and you stand a chance to win a anti - aging product worth $150-00. With that I am not suggesting that you need it, :-) coz you dont...hehe.. but it might be a brilliant Christmas present.
Thanks and have a wonderful day.
Colin.
Ish said...
cucumber rocks!
That is simply amazing...who knew!!!

I do enjoy cucumbers...now there 13 more reasons to enjoy them even more!!!!
Thanks for the tips...
Cheers
LOVE THIS ONE!!!

A Happy, healthy Thanksgiving to you and yours...

Amy
Ayie said...
I better start snacking o=an using cucumbers again. I never thought it has all these kind of benefits to offer. I just love its scent for my shampoo and conditioner, so soothing.
sexylegsandbody said...
Hi Heidi, thanks for entering the giveaway, best of luck with the draw.

Have a blessed Thanks Giving!
Colin.
Momfever said...
Wow, that's a lot of use out of a cucumber! I'm going to have to go out and buy some now!
Punam said...
Heidi!!! Thanks a lott for those wonderful tips on cucumber. Who would have even dreamt that cucumber could be used for sooo many things... esp I liked the one about headaches and the sink washing.. I shall definitely try it; for both. :-) Cucumber was already my fave, but your article gives me many more reasons to be a cucumber fan.
Hi Heidi! I eat cucumbers nearly everyday as a snack. I usually splash a little low fat Italian dressing on them...oh so good!
SWUBIRD said...
Heidi:

This is a super post. I never knew this about cucumbers. But from now on I will be making full use of those babies. Thanks.

Unfortunately, I won't be posting for a while because Blogger has a problem and I can't access Edit. Thus, I can't post. If you hear anything useful, please let me know.

As always, happy trails.
Kloggers/Polly said...
Hello Heidi,

This is such an interesting post - I have read and re-read it. I never knew that cucumbers were so useful let alone nutritious. I shall immediately test out the irradication of the slugs - as the dear little hedgehogs cannot keep up with the amount that we currently have ... due I think to the recent rainfall.

How are you and your family? Can't believe it's almost Christmas. What sort of presents are your daughters hoping for this year? According to our current programmes relating to Christmas presents the latest trend in our country appears to be battery hamsters. Would you believe they look almost real - the ultimate pet that never needs feeding and never dies ... whatever next???? I, of course, have my eyes on one or two books ... one especially that I think might be fun is a Victorian book that describes how to do just about everything the Victorian way.

I have really enjoyed this current posting of yours. Take care. Best wishes.
Anonymous said...
You missed one use ... 13. when yo es' not around ...
this blog rocks!
betchai said...
wow, thanks so much for this load of information Heidi, i did not know the many benefits of cucumber, now after reading your post, i love them more :)
Laura said...
Aren't you a wealth of knowledge, had no idea. Love the refreshing and aroma of the Cucumber, just did not know how good they truly are for me. I am certainly gonna try bathroom tip... Thanks
onlinemommy said...
These are great tips! Thanks for sharing ;)
These are great tips! I already love cucumber and now I have discovered even more things to do with it. Am gonna try the cellulite thing today!
Coach Jenn said...
Hmm, gotta try that cucumber/cellulite thing.
stop smoking said...
What great tips. I love cucumber but never realised it could be used for so many things. I am gonna go try out that hangover cure as I plan on having a heavy night tonight!
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