Cucumber oil – The Mildest Of Healers

Whenever the topic crops up of essential oils, there are a myriad of them who are much much better and quicker in terms of working than cucumber oil…but, there’s a catch, one aspect which when comes to fore, about cucumber leaves every other essential oil far back in the race , and that aspect being the mildness of this amazing essential oil, and absolutely harmless nature of it…

The cucumber, or Cucumis Sativus, belongs to the cucurbitaceae family of fruits, which also includes melons, squashes, and gourds. Cucumber oil, however, is extracted from the seeds, as opposed to the fruit itself. The oil extracted from the cucumber seed is known to be rich in a variety of nutrients, which are believed to be highly effective in helping to maintain healthy skin. As such, cucumber oil is believed to be beneficial for treating some dry skin conditions as –

  • Acne
  • Boils
  • Helping the skin retain moisture

The seeds from the cucumber plant contain a significant amount of oil and can, therefore, be cold-pressed. This form of extraction requires that minimal heat is used in the process, and the resulting oil retains a high percentage of beneficial nutrients. After extraction, the cucumber oil is filtered and the this process typically produces a clear, golden-yellow oil.

The oil itself is rich in linoleic, or omega-6, fatty acids, as well as vitamins B1 and C, tocopherols, and phytopherols. These nutrients, both collectively and individually, are believed to be effective for detoxifying the skin, retaining moisture, preventing aging, and deep cleansing pores. As a result, many cosmetics companies use cucumber oil in a range of products, including soaps, cleaning lotions, toning solutions, and moisturizers.

Cucumber essential oil is a very good source of vitamin C, linoleic or omega 6, fatty acid. It also contains significant amounts of palmitic fatty acids and oleic, which is suitable for making age-defying beauty products, lotions, and soaps.

  • Cucumber essential oil when combined with a carrier oil such as olive oil is perfect for moisturizing the skin and for deep skin cleansing.
  • Cucumber essential oil has cooling effects and can treat skin problems effectively such as acne, blackheads, boils, eruptions, and eye puffiness.
  • Detoxifies the skin due to its proteolytic enzymes, vitamin B1, and C content
  • You can also take cucumber essential oil recipe every day for a radiant skin such as eating it in its raw form or as a main ingredient in salads.
  • Hydrates and moisturize facial skin due to its high water and vitamin C content
  • Relieves stress when used for body massage
  • It offers cooling effect during hot weather when applied on temples of the face and side nodes.

Now, quickly go through our reference links…

  1. Cucumber Essential Oil by Livestrong
  2. Cucumber by Disabled World
  3. Cucumber Oil Benefits by Fat Burning Furnace

Cooking Cucumber

I am sure cucumber must be a usual sight at the salad corners of the parties…And even in beauty salons…But did you know that a cucumber is even cooked and consumed and in fact cucumber seed oil is even used in cooking?

Well…if you didn’t then surely you’ve hit the right link…

As a matter of fact…which is though rarely known…Cooked cucumber is really good…To prove this…heat some peanut oil in a skillet or wok…Seed and slice a cucumber (peeled..if it’s not the English variety) and add it to the pan…Cook until it begins to brown…about two minutes…stirring frequently…Add minced garlic and soy sauce…Turn out into a bowl and stir in sesame oil…The result has the slippery crispness of cellophane noodles rather than the all….out crunch of a raw cuke….And like any cooked vegetable…it has intensified flavor…something a cucumber needs…

All of you must have encountered cooked cucumber only in Asian food…But to tell you…There’s a Korean cooked cucumber salad…and shredded cucumber…briefly stir-fried…is often found in the noodle dish chap chae….Fuchsia Dunlop’s Sichuanese cookbook Land of Plenty offers Spicy Cucumber Salad…in which the cucumber is briefly stir-fried…then served at room temperature…So I think there’s a real opportunity here for a chef with an independent streak to make us reevaluate our cucurbitaceous prejudices…

Light…refreshing and mild in flavour…the understated cucumber has been a long-standing favourite in salads but cucumbers are surprisingly versatile and can be used in a variety of ways from soups to sautees…I’ll give you a handy recipe of a soup…

Creamy Cold Cucumber Soup

4 servings…about 1 cup each
Active Time- 35 minutes
Total Time- 35 minutes

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups peeled, seeded and thinly sliced cucumbers…divided
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth…or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 avocado…diced
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion…diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley…plus more for garnish

All you are needed to do is…Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat…Add garlic and onion…stirring occasional…1 to 4 minutes or until tender…Add lemon juice and continue cooking for 1 minute…Add 3 3/4 cups cucumber slices…broth…pepper…salt and cayenne….Bring to a slow boil…then quickly reduce heat and simmer about 6 to 8 minutes until the cucumbers are tender…

Pour the hot soup into a blender…Add avocado and parsley and blend on low speed until smooth…(Be careful when pureeing hot liquids)…Pour mixture into a serving bowl and stir in yogurt…Chop the remaining 1/4 cup cucumber slices…Soup can be served warm or refrigerated and served chilled…Garnish with the chopped cucumber and more chopped parsley…just before serving…

Nice…Now have a look at our reference links…

  1. Cucumber Oil by Sheen
  2. Cucumber Oil by BS
  3. Cucumber by DG

Mouth-Watering Watery Fruit – Cucumber

Please say that you too are surprised to know that cucumber is a fruit! ‘Cause I don’t want to be the unaware soul! Yes I admit…slew of years from now…I had the impression that that cucumber is a vegetable…Reason…is obvious…I always had and saw cucumber used in garnishing meals and salads…and never FRUIT SALADS!

Hmm…Anyway…Now that you also know that cucumber is a fruit…Then have a deeper look at its inside…

Cucumis sativus…That is how cucumber is technically…formally known…is an annual cimber growing to 2 m (that is around 6ft 7in)

It is hardy to zone 10 and is frost tender…It is in flower from Jul to September…and the seeds ripen from Aug to October…The flowers are monoecious (Well…it simply means that individual flowers are either male or female…but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Insects…The plant is self-fertile…

The plant prefers –

  • light (sandy)
  • medium (loamy)
  • heavy (clay) soils

Also…It requires well-drained soil…The plant prefers acid…neutral and basic (alkaline) soils…It cannot grow in the shade…It requires moist soil…

This amazing fruit can be consumed raw or even cooked…The cucumber is a common ingredient of salads…being valued mainly for its crisp texture and juiciness…However…it is very watery…with little flavour and is not very nutritious…Many people find the fruit to be indigestible…this is due to the high cellulose content…The fruit varies widely in size between cultivars but can be up to 1 metre long…It can be available from midsummer until early autumn from outdoor grown plants….Rich in oil with a nutty flavour but very fiddly to use because the seed is small and covered with a fibrous coat…Young leaves and stems…cooked as a potherb…Oil from seed…Said to resemble olive oil…it is used in salad dressings and French cooking…The oil contains –

  • 22.3% linoleic acid
  • 58.5% oleic acid
  • 6.8% palmitic acid
  • 3.7% stearic acid

As far as nurturing of the plant is concerned….It requires a rich…well-drained moisture retentive soil and a warm very sunny position…A frost-tender plant…the cucumber is commonly cultivated for its edible fruit…there are many named varieties…Many of these varieties are only suitable for protected cropping in Britain though there are a number that have been specifically bred for cool temperate areas and these succeed outdoors in most summers…Many of the cultivars…especially the greenhouse forms…should have their male flowers removed in order to prevent fertilization…since the fertilized fruits have a bitter taste…A number of cultivars have been developed that only produce female flowers…Cucumbers make good companion plants for sweet corn…beans and sunflowers…but they dislike growing with potatoes and aromatic herbs…The roots of cucumber plants secrete a substance that inhibits the growth of most weeds…

Okay…Now have a look at our reference links…

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