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15 Surprising Benefits of Cucumbers

15 Surprising Benefits of Cucumbers

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Did you know that cucumbers originated in India? Their cultivation took place for about 3000 years in Western Asia. The cultivation process started in France in the 9th century, then in England in the 14th century and finally in North America by the mid 16th century. The Romans introduced cucumbers to Europe.

Although cucumbers are fruits, we eat them as vegetables. They contain more than 90% of water.

I enjoy eating chopped cucumber slices in my salads. However, there’s much more to a cucumber than embedding it between chopped or shredded lettuce and tomatoes. Here are some of the secret benefits of cucumbers.

 1.  Cucumbers contain lots of vitamins: Our bodies need minerals and vitamins for them to act properly. One cucumber has your bodies’ daily needs of vitamins. These are some of the Vitamins found in cucumbers: Thiamine (Vitamin B1), riboflavin (Vitamin B2), nicatin (Vitamin B3), Vitamin B6, folic acid, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium and phosphorous.

2.  Quick Fix for Cellulite: Rub a slice of cucumber on the problem area for a few minutes. There’s a substance in the cucumber called phytochemicals. This will cause the collagen in your skin to tighten and firm up the outer layers. It works wonders on wrinkles as well.

3.  Energy Booster: If you want to get rid of  afternoon tiredness without resorting to using caffeine, eat some cucumber. The Vitamin B and Carbohydrates in the cucumber will offer the energy boost your body needs.

3.  Hangover Cure: Are you prone to hangovers and headaches after a few drinks? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. It’s refreshing and will stop you waking up with a  headache.The sugar, vitamin B and electrolytes in the cucumber will replace any vital nutrients the body may have lost. In addition, it will  keep your system balanced and prevent hangovers.

4.  Curb Afternoon or Evening Snack Bingeing: If you want to fight those hunger pangs, eat some cucumber. It’s been used for centuries by European trappers, traders and explorers to sustain them and prevent starvation.

5.  Stress Buster: Need to relax and unwind? Cut up a whole cucumber and put it in a pot of boiling water. The nutrients and chemicals from the cucumber will react with the boiling water, and release the beneficial properties through the steam. This will induce a calm, relaxing aroma in the atmosphere. This has worked to cut stress in new mothers and students taking exams.

6.  Cure for Dark Circles Under Eyes: Cucumber helps to lighten dark circles under the eyes. Cut two slices of cucumber. Lay down and place one slice on each eye for 5 to 10 minutes. Close your eyes as the juice from the cucumber may irritate them.  I have also used this method to brighten my eyes. It works! It’s also beneficial for soothing tired eyes; especially for those of us who stare at a computer screen for long periods.

7. Stop Bathroom Mirror from Clouding: Rub a slice of cucumber along the inner edges of the mirror. This will stop the steam from fogging up the mirror.

8.  Shine Your Shoes Without Using Polish: Cut some cucumber slices and rub them over your shoes. The chemicals from the cucumber will give your shoes a lovely shine. It also repels water. Your shoes won’t lose their shine if they get wet.

9.  Freshen Your Breath: To get rid of bad breath, press a slice of cucumber to the roof of your mouth. Use your tongue to hold it in place for about 30 seconds. The phytochemicals from the cucumber will destroy the bacteria which causes bad breath.

10.  Magic Eraser: This is useful for rubbing out pen writing. Use the outside of a cucumber as an eraser. Use it to rub off crayon marks from walls as well.

11.  Control Slugs in Your Garden: There’s nothing more annoying than slugs destroying your flower beds. Try this to keep them away. Cut some cucumber slices. Put the slices in a small tin and place it in your garden. The chemicals in the cucumber and the aluminum  reacts to produce a scent. The smell is not detectable to humans but will keep those annoying  slugs out of your garden.

12.  Fix That Squeaky Hinge: Need to stop squeaky hinges and don’t have any WD-40? Rub a slice of cucumber along the area of the hinge that squeaks. It works like a dream.

13. Clean and Shine Your Sink and Stainless Steel Areas? Rub a slice of cucumber over the surface that you want to clean. It will remove tarnish and restore the shine. As an experiment, I rubbed a thick slice of cucumber over my glass top table and wiped off the juice with a kitchen towel. The result was a beautiful, shiny glass table. Try it for yourself.

14. Remedy for Sunburn: To soothe your sunburn skin, try this. Cut some thin slices of cucumber and put them on the sunburn area. Remove them when the cucumber starts to feel warm on your skin. They’re beneficial for delicate areas, such as the face and neck.

15.  Face Mask: For oily skin – grate 1/2 cucumber into a bowl and add 1 tea-spoon of rose-water. Apply to the T-Zone, which is the forehead, nose and chin. To reduce pores and tighten skin – apply the mixture all over the face including under the eyes and eyelids. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water. Pat dry with a clean towel.

I hope you enjoyed this article. If you have any tips on using cucumbers, please share your comments in the box below. Thank you for reading.

June

About June

June Whittle is the founder of Miraculous Ladies, an author, freelance copywriter and professional blogger for hire. She works with small businesses, bloggers and individuals. She is also an author of a self-help and autobiography book “Deep Within my Soul: Hope after abuse”. Miraculous means extraordinary and Lady is a polite or formal way of referring to an amazing woman. That's you. You're a beautiful, strong, incredible, dynamic and powerful woman. Live your dreams. "If you can dream it, you can do it." ~ Walt Disney

    70 Comments

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    Vicente Hyzer

    20/08/2011

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      20/08/2011

  2. I usually dont take time to ever make comments on a blog but I gotta to say I would really be doing you a grave disservice if I didnt write something. This post has most definitely opened my eyes. Thank you so much for posting it.

    Vitamin A Benefits

    23/08/2011

    • You are welcome. Thank you for reading and commenting.

      junie junie

      24/08/2011

      • You get a lot of respect from me for wiritng these helpful articles.

        Caiya

        29/10/2011

      • It’s great to supply useful information to readers like you. Thanks for reading and commenting.

        junie junie

        28/08/2011

    • A bit surprised it seems to simple and yet ufseul.

      Augustina

      29/08/2011

  3. I thank you humbly for sahirng your wisdom JJWY

    Emmly

    28/08/2011

    • You are welcome. This blog is about sharing knowledge and I appreciate your kind words.

      junie junie

      28/08/2011

      • I just stumbled on ur lectures this morning,keep it up am gona try it.

        max

        26/01/2016

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    Keischa

    29/08/2011

  5. Frankly I think that’s asolbutely good stuff.

    Bette

    29/08/2011

    • I would love to have you as a subscriber. Thanks for reading.

      junie junie

      06/09/2011

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    interesting news

    13/09/2011

  7. Thx for this great information that you are sharing with us!!!

    Блог о путешествиях

    26/09/2011

  8. Cucumber is very essential in the body. Many benefits that would help to maintain healthy looking skin. It is safe and affordable.
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    Recca

    11/03/2012

    • Cucumber is great and has many uses. Thanks for your comment and for reading.

      junie junie

      11/03/2012

  9. u ar doing wonderful job

    Update me the latest all time

    n89

    17/01/2013

    • Thank you. I appreciate your kind words. 🙂

      junie junie

      18/01/2013

  10. I really love this presentation. I have learnt a lot from it.
    thanks a million

    stephen okoronkwo

    30/06/2013

    • You’re welcome. I’m glad you found this information useful.

      junie junie

      30/06/2013

  11. Great reserch indeed

    Chinonso

    14/07/2013

  12. wonderful article, will try out everything and give feedback, then share with friends. thanks

    agnes byobona

    28/07/2013

    • Thanks Agnes! Can I have some feedback please? 🙂

      junie junie

      28/07/2013

  13. Thanks so much for this vital blog. I’ll these and get back to you

    Beatrice

    06/11/2013

    • You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

      junie junie

      07/11/2013

    • Hi Philip,

      Cucumber is amazing. I intend to write another article with more benefits. It’s good for lots of things including health.

      Have a great weekend. 🙂

      June Whittle June Whittle

      22/03/2014

    • You’ve got some fantastic tips on the uses of cucumber on your website. I didn’t know cucumber can be used to help hair growth.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a good day. 🙂

      June Whittle June Whittle

      27/05/2014

      • Yes June. We in India are famous for using up things in Kitchen for everything 🙂

        Sri

        29/05/2014

        • That’s good. At least you don’t waste food and it also helps to be creative in the kitchen. I love Indian food. 🙂

          June Whittle June Whittle

          29/05/2014

  14. I love this, I immediately tried that of shoe shining. In fact I have Bookmarks it. May God bless you Junie. I love you. Tanx

    onyee

    27/05/2014

    • Thanks for reading and trying the cucumber tip on shoe shining Onyee. I’m happy to hear that you bookmarked this post. Let me know if you try anything else. Have a blessed day. 🙂

      June Whittle June Whittle

      27/05/2014

    • Hi Marcia, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      Yes cucumber is amazing. I tried the one on cleaning glass. I rubbed a couple of slices on my glass table and the shine was beautiful. I’m going to be writing another post on the health and beauty benefits of cucumber.

      Have a good day. 🙂

      June June

      05/08/2014

  15. I love all the tips
    its amazing.

    Anima jacqueline

    30/08/2014

    • It’s great to see you here. And thank you for your comment. I agree. It is amazing. I love the awesome benefits of cucumbers.

      Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

      June June

      30/08/2014

  16. Thanks so much for the write-up on cucumber, i never like to eat it because it’s tasteless. But i will start eating it for the benefits.

    Aderemi Helen Yemi

    09/09/2014

    • Cucumber is not the best tasting, but if you keep eating it you’ll get used to it. It’s worth it for what it does for you healthwise.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

      June June

      09/09/2014

  17. Amazing tips…I’m bookmarking it right away.

    Cucumber is indeed amazing. Though I hated it before, I started eating it due to boredom, and I’m glad I did.

    I’ll try the ones I’m new to. thanks

    Grace

    22/11/2014

  18. I have chronically puffy eyes, no matter how much sleep I get. Couple that with early mornings and late night, my poor eyes were in need of some serious help. I wear eye cream every morning, out of habit, but typically don’t see any obvious benefits (other than moisturized skin, of course). But using Made from Earth Cucumber Gel has literally been an eye saver. Less puffy and more moisturized within minutes of applying it. Love love love this stuff.

    Marisol2

    02/03/2015

    • It’s not nice when you’ve got puffy eyes. I’m glad you found a cure for it and thanks for sharing that with us. Cucumber is a wonderful source of so many good things. 🙂

      June June

      03/03/2015

  19. This is the best you can get from cucumber. People should be eating this; too healthy.

    Mary

    22/12/2015

  20. Thanks so much for these tips on cucumber. I appreciate them. Please, how & where can I get rose water?

    Vera

    21/01/2016

    • You’re welcome. You should be able to get rose water from the chemist. Or you can order it from Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/)

      Thanks for reading.

      June June

      21/01/2016

  21. Thanks for sharing this great info. I will be using cucumber more often from now on.

    Gizelle Wilkinson

    05/05/2016

    • You’re welcome. Thanks for leaving a comment. 🙂

      June June

      06/05/2016

  22. Wao, thanks for this information. I have tried placing slices of cucumber on my eyes for about 2 hours before i went to bed and in the morning it brought out some particles that came out of my eyes. In fact i was so amazed at the clarity of my vision.

    Ihedinma Okorie

    14/06/2016

    • You’re welcome. Thanks for sharing the benefits you got from using cucumber slices. 🙂

      June June

      15/06/2016

      • Wow nice info, definitely trying some of tips.

        dubem

        01/08/2016

        • Thank you. Enjoy. 🙂

          June June

          01/08/2016

  23. Thank you for this guide 😀

    manufabs

    02/08/2016

    • You’re welcome. Thanks for reading.

      June June

      07/08/2016

  24. Hi June,

    I use and eat cucumbers all the time, and had no idea how beneficial they could be!
    Here’s some of my personal favourite ways to use this versatile vegetable: http://bit.ly/2beUNxR

    steph cvetkovic

    15/09/2016

    • Hi Steph,

      It’s amazing that something so small has so many benefits. Like you, I love cucumbers. I even cut slices to add to my drinking water with a slice of lemon. So refreshing. Thanks for sharing your tips. 🙂

      June June

      17/09/2016

  25. Thanks for this information on cucumbers. I love cucumbers alot though i have never tried the bit about placing slices on wrinkled eyes. I definetely will try this out.

    Joan

    12/10/2016

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for reading. 🙂

      June June

      16/10/2016

  26. Just lovely my dear

    Adah,simonpeter

    31/12/2016

    • Thank you. Happy New Year. 🙂

      June June

      31/12/2016

  27. It really works to cool down the eyes. I’ve tried it. I encourage others to try it.

    chika

    02/02/2017

    • Thanks for confirming that it’s good on your eyes. I love the feeling. It’s refreshing. 🙂

      June June

      05/02/2017

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