Foods That Heal – Cucumber

Since times immemorial there have been foods that heal…Heal every human ill…Some with side-effects…others without it…And this article is about one such amazing fruit with zero side-effects…Cucumber…

 I’d call it rather a fact that often Cucumbers’ healing abilities are underestimated…This is a plant that belongs to the gourd family…which includes -

  • Watermelons
  • Cantaloupes
  • Pumpkins
  • Zucchini

 All of these are known for their health-giving properties…The simple truth is cucumbers are one of the most underrated fruits…

 Cucumbers are the fourth most widely cultivated fruits in the world…Cucumbers are commercially divided into two types-

  • Slicing cucumbers
  • Pickling cucumbers

Cucumbers grow in both temperate and tropical environments…requiring temperatures in the range of 60-90 degrees…

The cucumber is thought to have originated in Western Asia and/or parts of the Middle East…The cucumber was brought to America in the 1500’s by the European settlers

Most of the year Florida and California provide the country with cucumbers…In the winter cucumbers from Mexico are found in groceries…Their uses are so diverse that they find their way into all types of cuisine…

The long…dark green and smooth-skinned cucumbers are the ones most consumers are familiar with…They also come in a variety of colours…sizes…shapes and textures…There are white…yellow…and orange ones…The sizes vary from short…oval…and round…The skins can be thick and rough…Technically cucumbers are fruit…and culinary are considered vegetables…

Genetic manipulation isn’t responsible for the seedless varieties of cucumbers…Though a process called parthenogenesis…cucumber plants can fruit without pollen…

The cucumber healing abilities are under-rated…The skin of the cucumber is a source of dietary fibre and minerals such as –

  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Molybdenum

They are a rich source of –

  • Triterpene
  • phytonutrients called cucurbitacins

Scientists have concluded that several different pathways required for cancer to develop are blocked by cucurbitancins…

Cucumber is used for detoxification…the high water content makes cucumbers perfect for this purpose…It increases urination…which in turn helps eliminate and neutralizes toxins…Both the water and potassium in cucumbers also removes excess uric acid and metabolic toxins through the kidneys…

Okay…Now go through our references…

  1. Cucumber Oil by Beauty Secrets
  2. Cucumber Oil by Skin
  3. Cucumber by DG

Cucumber Essential Oil – Headache’s Enemy

You know why is cucumber the best we humans could have ever asked for?

Well…It is so because…Cucumber oil is soothing and conditioner for skin…Externally and internally…It helps to purify blood and urine and urine inflammation…diabetes mellitus and anthelmintic…

Cucumber is one of the known vegetables for a long time…Homeland…eastern India…where it was handed out since 3000 BC…

Active substances are concentrated in cucumber seeds…where seeds are taken after cucumbers wilt…washed and dried and then…cold seeds are crushed to preserve the active substances…

Cucumber oil is used in formulating cosmetic compounds as a soothing and conditioner for skin for all diseases which can irritate skin…especially if the cause is sun or skin lesions…It treats allergic diseases…especially skin irritation and urticaria…

Cucumber is useful for purifying blood and urine…removing impurities from bladder and it helps to relieve headaches

Cucumber oil is recommended for diabetes patients because it helps to purify body of toxins…especially diabetes mellitus…because it is similar to the active ingredient insulin which reduces the level of sugar in the blood…but with a very small proportion…

Take two tablespoons (10 ml) on an empty stomach to kill parasitic worms…

It is used for urinary tract infections or bowel disease…It is also useful for gastro-colic…constipation and to render stomach acidity…

Cucumber leaves are used as pain relief for rabies

Crushed and dry cucumber seeds are used to clean teeth and when they are soaked in water and squeezed they treat bladder diseases…

Cucumber may not contain a lot of food value…but they make up this lack of nutrients with a wide variety of healthy substances…They were already used in ancient times to dissolve stones caused by uric acid…Their cleansing effect on the intestines…kidneys…lung and skins was also known…People suffering from stomach or liver diseases also benefit from the consumption of cucumbers…They have been known to cure some

  • Headaches
  • Bleeding
  • Dizziness
  • Pale skin

Cucumber juice contains a substance…which promotes blood circulation of the skin…It is for this reason that it is widely used in cosmetics…

Some say that slices of cucumber on the forehead can help to relieve a headache…This could be because the cucumber is naturally cooling and can reduce inflammation…thereby alleviating some of the headache symptoms…

Okay…Now have a look at our references…

  1. Cucumber Oil by Oil
  2. Cucumber Benefits by NSC
  3. Cucumber Oil by Herb

Render The Wrinkles Clean With Cucumber Oil

I wait for an invention of a device using which on the skin would make the wrinkles and creases go just like an iron just to a piece of clothing…Meanwhile the invention takes place…you resort to something more practical and readily available for the same…

Cucumber Essential Oil I mean…

Yes…People Let me burst your myth…Cucumbers are not just a tasty addition to your salad….No! They can be used to help sooth your skin…too…Puffiness under the eyes is due to retained fluid in the tissues…Whether you suffer from allergies or you’ve had a good cry…those bags are not going away very fast….Slice a fresh cool cucumber…lay back…and place the slices over your eyes…and relax…Your puffy eyes will shrink back to normal in no time…

This Cucumber can also be an organic herb that will firm your skin and make it look younger…The mixture of certain properties of cucumber extract as well as vitamin E helps repairing the moisture towards the face also nourishing the skin to become soft…smooth and also sustaining the skin’s vitality…

Reduce the effects of wrinkles caused by tired…puffy eyes and brighten your skin with the water-based properties of vegetables…Cucumber or potato eye packs can soothe skin and reduce wrinkles…Create small cheesecloth packs to set on eyes…then lay back…relax and soothe away irritation…Cut two square pieces of cheese cloth and wet…Peel a cucumber or potato…and grate the vegetable onto the cloths…Tie them into bundles with string and place in the freezer for 10 minutes….Place on your eyelids for 15 minutes or as long as you like….And see the wonders…

I think would suggest the combination of egg whites…cucumber…lemon juice and brandy …This might be a little smelly…but then it’s the best way…Hmm…So basically…in this recipe makes an all out wrinkle fighter that will help wrinkles fade and new ones from forming

Then again…Cleanse your face with your usual cleanser…With a mixer or whisk…beat one large egg white in a bowl…Add one teaspoon lemon juice…one teaspoon of rum or brandy…one and a quarter teaspoons of Sodium Benzoate and two tablespoons of cucumber juice to the beaten egg…Thoroughly mix all the ingredients together…

Apply the mask to the face and let harden….Wash off with a gentle cleanser…Keep the leftover mask in the fridge and apply as needed, at least once a week…

Nice and handy no?

Okay…Now quickly go through our reference links…

  1. Cucumber Oil by Oil
  2. Cucumber Oil by Herb
  3. Cucumber Benefits by NSC

Nothing Is Cooler Than Cucumber In Summers

The coolest fruit I know is nothing else…but cucumber…The benefits of the fruit scream for it in-born coolness…

The most common thing that everyone knows is that it keeps the body cool…So…it’s one of the best summer foods and you should definitely include cucumber in your diet during summers…

Apart from keeping our body cool it also helps in maintaining the water loss…Cucumber contains 97% water in it….Hence…you got another reason why you should eat cucumber in summers….

It contains very low calories…only 15 calories per 100g…So…if you’re on diet plans it’s something that you should not avoid…

The nutritional values of cucumber includes

  • Phosphorus
  • Vitamins A…C…E…B6…B12
  • Chorine
  • Betaine K
  • Folates
  • Riboflavin
  • Thiamine
  • Pyridoxine
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Niacin
  • Sodium
  • Selenium
  • Fluoride
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Manganese
  • Lutein
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Carotene
  • Cryptoxanthin
  • Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids

Phew!! It not only contains vitamins and minerals but also contains electrolytes…

Cucumber is a natural diuretic…It also helps in maintaining urinary tract health and dissolves kidney stone….

The natural enzymes present in cucumber enhance digestions…It contains healthy fibres which are very good for you if you’ve problems like constipation…

It’s also good for your hair…Naturally found silicon and sulphur in cucumber enhances your hair’s health…So…if you have hair related problems then you should try cucumber to solve your problem up-to some extent…Even better if you mix spinach and lettuce juice with cucumber juice…

It also has antioxidant properties which helps your skin glow and works as anti-aging…

You can also use cucumber to treat your dark circles…This one is the most primitive way for treating dark circles….Take two thick slices of cucumber and put it on your eyes and relax for 15 minutes every day…

Cucumber can prevent eczema and arthritis if consumed on a regular basis

Cucumber is very beneficial in some teeth problems as well…It’s good for you if you’re a pyorrhoea patient or if you have other tooth and gum diseases…

If you have gout then go for the juice of cucumber along with carrot…It’d be beneficial for you…

The silica present in cucumber enhances the strength of connective tissues like tendons…ligaments…bone and muscles…
Silica also enhances complexion and healthy skin…It’s also good for curing the swelling under eyes and sunburns…

Cucumber also helps in lowering the blood pressure….Researches shows that food containing potassium…magnesium and fibres rich helps in lowering the blood pressure up-to healthier point…

Fresh cucumber juice also provides relief from heartburn…acid stomach…gastritis and ulcers…

It’s good for diabetic patients as well….
It also has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain…

Vitamin K helps in increasing bone mass…

Okay…Now go through our reference links…

  1. Cucumber Oil by Herb Info
  2. Cool Cucumber Oil by Aromatherapy
  3. Cucumber by NSC

Cucumber Essential Oil For All Woes

You know this Cucumber is just one such fruit which no matter topically applied or consumed…does the same amount and kind of benefit…

Cucumber (formally called Cucumis Sativus) extract is widely known for its astringent and soothing effects….on top of its anti-inflammatory actions and skin tightening properties….The ones who use it regularly experience tightness when the juice dries on my face …And whenever it’s about the use and the visible effects of the fruit…one got to keep a little patience…Because this fruit is like one of those slow helpers who would accomplish each and every task you expect out of them but just taking a little time and expecting you to be patient and understanding….

Okay…One quick handy tip…Apply some juice on my dry face…leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off…See the instant glow (Yeah I know it is contrasting to what I just mentioned in the previous paragraph but this too is true…) on the skin of your face…

Cucumbers are categorized mainly as –

  • Slicing
  • Pickling
  • Exotics

It’s simply within these categories…that you’ll find varieties requiring lots of space/trellises…or dwarf varieties for small spaces or containers….Many of the slicing and exotic cucumbers have thin smooth skin that does not need removed before eating…Cucumbers in the market though…generally have a thicker waxier skin helping with transport…While you can pickle any small cucumber…pickling varieties are smaller and crunchier than slicing varieties…

When it comes to growing slicing cucumbers…The best enjoyed is ‘Sweet Success’ hybrid…Each vine produces straight…thin fruit two to three inches in diameter and 12 or more inches long…The dark skin is spineless and the flesh seedless…This 1983 All-American Selections winner produces many burp less cucumbers throughout the season and is disease resistant….The fruit is set without pollination so may be grown in a greenhouse…Because this vine is so vigorous…support is recommended….Amazing no?

Cucumbers are an ancient fruit reported to originate in India nearly 3000 years ago…Indian food was spicy 3000 years ago…but if it was…I’m sure the cucumber was a popular compliment to that heat…Spicy heat isn’t the only heat that cucumbers combat…Hot days are prime for the cucumber to take centre stage….

Okay now have a look at our reference links…

  1. Cucumber Oil by Herb Info
  2. Cool Cucumber Oil by Aromatherapy
  3. Cucumber by NSC

Eyes Are Beautiful – Cucumber Oil Makes Them More

Eyes…the most attractive feature in a human face…Eyes can talk…Eyes can express…eyes can ask…eyes can be mesmerizing…or they can simply be beautiful…

Owing to the life we humans are leading today…We have made quite a lot many enemies of the most beautiful feature we possess…be it the phone…laptop…insomnia…work…cosmetics…anything…the natural and ineluctable being the sun…dust…smoke…Hmm…and all these enemies together instigate and there by proliferate the onset of –

  • Puffiness
  • Dark circles
  • Redness
  • Dullness
  • Weakness
  • Headaches

So…then how do we tackle our eyes’ enemies?

I’ll explain to you the entire case….Our skin gets exposed to a lot of harmful oxidative free radicals…and due to this…dark circles…under eye bags and wrinkles occur around the eyes…The harsh UV rays damage the skin by creating a huge amount of ‘Free Radicals” on the surface and they are known to damage a wide range of skin components including-

  • Collage
  • Elastin
  • Melanin

Hmm…And as far as In aging process is concerned…dark circles occur as the skin below the eyes gets thin and is not as well endowed with oil glands as the rest of the body…As the skin becomes thinner the blood vessels become more apparent…

The best we can do….

Use…..Cucumber or Crocus Sativum…Cucumber Esssential Oil…

You might not be knowing this that when  cucumber oil is combined with Manjishta (it’s a herb)…then it is known to reduce

  • Under eye bags
  • Wrinkles
  • Dark circles
  • Premature aging symptoms

From ancient times these herbs are being used to relieve such concerns as mentioned above….

It basically belongs to family Cucurbitaceae….Cucumber has some growth promoting substances called Auxins and also vitamins like

  • Biotin
  • Niacin
  • Pantothenic acid

All these put together help with under eye bags…dark circles and wrinkles…

That is not all about this fruit….Cucumber seed oil contains remarkable amounts of Phytosterols….Phytosterols helps to strengthen the lipid barrier and restores the proper moisture balance of mature skin conditions…

To tell you about the extraction of this amazing oil….Cucumber oil is basically extracted from the seeds of Cucumber…The oil is effective in reduction of puffiness of eyes…wrinkles…under eye bags…sunburns…stretch marks etc….It helps to improve elasticity of skin…especially the aging skin….Like I previously mentioned….The Phytosterols have a specific skin caring effect which can be found in cucumber based eye wrinkle creams…

Hmm…Okay now go through our reference links…

  1. Cucumber Oil by Herb Info
  2. Cool Cucumber by Aromatherapy
  3. Cucumber Oil by NSC

Cucumber Oil’s Hair Bond

If it were just for nourishment…Then imagine if we could apply our moisturizing creams to our scalp and would’ve bloated to see the amazing results…but alas! In reality if we try the stunt…we might end up doing God knows what with our limited strands erected on head…Hmm…But you know what…nature made all provisions for the problems we have been facing…we face…and we might face in the future…And as far as taking care…and nourishing the skin of our head….our scalp is concerned…then I guess we couldn’t have got anything better than Cucumber essential oil..

And now for the question that must have popped out of your head…Why cucumber oil!

Then well…Read on to figure out your ‘why’….

Something that differentiates and makes cucumber stand out among all other essential oils is…Vitamin C (or call it Ascorbic Acid)…which is great for keeping your hair shiny and your skin…so much than the palm can slip on it….and Caffeic Acid (it’s an antioxidant)…which looks after your skin…

Okay…that was one thing…treading to the next one…Cucumbers are also a natural source of silica…which works at ensuring that our skin and complexion looks

  • Healthy
  • Bright
  • Glowing
  • Rejuvenated

It does the job of repairing skin cells…whilst minimizing the signs of age spots…
Silica is also a key to keeping naturally curly hair healthy…by strengthening and encouraging the growth of new hair…

Then the amazing oil of the seeds of Cucumber helps ensure elasticity….reason being…it has a stupendous amount of Phytosterols that strengthen the skin’s lipid barrier…making sure that your skin gets just the right balance of moisture….

Okay…I’ll just give you a handy tip…Be quick to note…

  • Mash one cucumber and strain through cheesecloth to remove solid particles
  • Add the juice to an equal part of vinegar
  • Blend this mixture with the same amount of water as the first two ingredients
  • Apply to the hair and allow it to work for 5 minutes before rinsing
  • Adjust the amount of vinegar according to your hair type and preferences

There’s even an easier one…Simply…apply a cucumber puree to the hair for 15 minutes before washing it and you will have a wonderful shine…Use only the juice of a cucumber…leave it on for 10 minutes after a wash and rinse it thoroughly for shiny hair….See…It hardly takes a few minutes to get personal desires fulfilled…Just need to jerk the lethargy!

I have 2 more recipes….

Process a batch of ground cucumber or watermelon in a food processor and apply it to hair that has just been shampooed….Leave the mixture on for about 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly to remove….

Repair hair that has been damaged by pool chlorine by blending 1 egg…including the shell…and an equal amount of olive oil…Add 1/4 peeled and chopped cucumber and blend…Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash thoroughly…

Okay…Now have a look at our reference links…

  1. Cucumber Oil by Herb Info
  2. Cool Cucumber by Aromatherapy
  3. Cucumber Oil by NSC

Lightening Dark Circles – Cucumber Oil

You know the worst part about dark circles?

They make even the most beautiful and bright of eyes look…ill!

Yes…I have loads of female friend…with enormous and beautiful brown eyes…but their dark circles made them look sick…weak…and sometimes like they’d been punched in the face!

Had I been knowing about this magical cucumber oil before…I would’ve made them apply it then and there…!

Dark circles are quite a common problem these days with the hectic lifestyle and improper sleep….Stressful eyes with very little sleep & hours in front of the computer…Just as bloggers like me have to do! Well…the verdict being….we are prone to develop dark circles….However dark circles are also sometimes caused by improper diet or even due to pollution….

Why is cucumber oil the best help?

Cucumber relieves you of these dark circles through its excellent skin rejuvenating properties…But before you start out on any method to get rid of the dark circle…my suggestion is to try & get a complete undisturbed sleep for 7-8 hours daily….That will help you in the long to avoid lots of physical & psychological problems…

Cucumber skin care properties could be applied on the dark circles by just following simple steps….Lie down on your back and then apply thin slices of cucumber with their skin unpeeled….The most important point is that the cucumber slices must be in contact with the under area of your eyes….This is done so that the skin affected by the dark circles comes into contact with the cucumber slices…

Set your alarm clock for 15-20 minutes or at the very least do this for a minimum of 10 minutes….Doing this will provide you with an immediate cooling effect that soothes your stressed out eyes…However make sure that you don’t get cucumber juice in your eyes as it might effect a burning sensation in your eyes

Cucumber has special skin lightening properties that comes into use while treating dark circles…If you are not able to perform the above routine daily…then you could also opt to buy a cucumber based natural remedy cream or gel for the use under the eyes…

There are lots of cucumber bases dark circles treatment products available online which could give you great relief…Though make sure that the cream contains mostly of cucumber extracts and no chemicals in any form…Apply such a cream especially at night to get maximum benefits….

Hmm…Okay now go through our reference links…

  1. Cucumber Oil by Herb Info
  2. Cool Cucumber by Aromatherapy
  3. Home Remedies by Natural Skin Care

Best Human Care-Taker – Cucumber Oil

Cucumber oil is just one of its kind…Reason that makes it so distinct is its ability to take care of every human ill…be it related to skin…to hair…or anything…

And as a matter of fact…The real goodness in cucumber is actually located in its seeds…which contain very beneficial oil…Cucumber Seed Oil is extracted from the cucumber via a steaming process that takes place once the cucumber seeds have been dried out…The yellow oil is then filtered…producing a gorgeous cucumber scent…

This is down to it being a natural anti-inflammatory…meaning that it will soothe and heal my skin…without being harsh to an area that needs to be treated nicely…It will also work at helping to eradicate dark circles…Isn’t that amazing?

Hmm…So…we all know that cucumbers are good for our eyes… However…did you know that cucumbers are also brilliant for the skin too? As gradually the secrets of cucumber unfold..This amazing fruit has the ability to make every breathing soul…its absolute fan!

Cucumber Seed Oil is a natural source of Vitamin C (Formally called…Ascorbic Acid)…which our skin needs to help prevent the signs of aging…Alongside silica and a huge amount of phytosterols…cucumbers encourage elasticity…radiance and just make our skin look fabulous and keep us looking young…keeping away dark spots and wrinkles as much as it can…
Cucumber Seed Oil can also combat a wide variety of skin issues including dry skin…eczema…acne (including spots and blackheads)…sunburn and dermatitis…

Cucumber Oil isn’t a miracle worker…but it can still help to minimize age spots and blotches that can put a dent on your confidence
Pimples and blackheads are kept at bay by the cucumber seed oil…whilst at the same time ensuring that your skin does not dry up…And dark under eye circles are proclaimed to be eradicated…

Cucumber Seed Oil is also great at building elasticity of naturally curly hair…keeping it strong and preventing annoying breakage caused by weak…chemical and/or heat damaged natural hair…The natural silica in the Cucumber Seed Oil also encourages new hair growth…and helps to reduce the chances of hair loss…

Okay…Now go through our reference links…

  1. Home Remedies by NSC
  2. Cucumber Oil by Herb Info
  3. Cool Cucumber by Aromatherapy

Oil Of King Cucumber

You know why I addressed cucumber as a king? Because the oil of this king is prolific…It take cares of almost every external or internal human ill…Just like a king would do for his kingdom…

Okay…Lame philosophy aside…Let’s talk about cucumber oil…

The cucumber is believed to be native to India…and evidence indicates that it has been cultivated in Western Asia for 3000 years…From India…it spread to

  • Greece
  • Italy
  • China

And was then introduced into other parts of-

  • Europe
  • England
  • France
  • North America

The cucumber is the edible fruit of the cucumber plant Cucumis sativus…which belongs to the gourd family Cucurbitaceae

The cucumber plant is an annual climber which grows to a height of 15-30 cm and has large leaves that form a canopy over the fruit…The vine is grown on the ground or on trellises…often in greenhouses…

It requires a rich…well-drained moisture retentive soil and a warm very sunny position…The seeds are sown early to mid spring in rich soil…Germination takes place within 2 weeks…

It is in flower from July to September…and the seeds ripen from August to October…The flowers are monoecious (Meaning…individual flowers are either male or female…but both sexes can be found on the same plant)…The plant is self-fertile…

The plant prefers acid…neutral and basic (in other words…alkaline) soils…It cannot grow in the shade and requires moist soil…

The male flowers should be removed in order to prevent fertilization…since the fertilized fruits have a bitter taste…

The roots of cucumber plants secrete a substance that inhibits the growth of most weeds…Cucumbers make good companion plants for sweet corn…beans and sunflowers…but they dislike growing with potatoes and aromatic herbs…

A few varieties of cucumber are parthenocarpic…the blossoms creating seedless fruit without pollination…Thousands of hives of bees are annually carried to cucumber fields just before bloom for this purpose…Cucumbers may also be pollinated by flies…

The edible parts are fruits…seeds and leaves…

Cucumbers grown for pickling and those grown for fresh market are the same species….Fruit of fresh market cucumbers are longer…smooth rather than bumpy…have a more uniform green skin colour and a tougher…glossier skin than fruit of picklers…

Okay…Now have a look at our reference links…

  1. Cucumber Oil by Herb Info
  2. Cool Cucumber by Aromatherapy
  3. Home Remedies by Skin Care