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

Crash The Rash With Cucumber Oil

Rash…Didn’t really understand the term till I didn’t get one…It’s an incident of this hot summer day…I was in this fitted top of not possibly the best material to be worn in heat but I did ‘cause I couldn’t find anything else…Anyway…So I was held-up for the entire day and hence didn’t get time to sit and relax and hence was sweating profusely…

Late at night I finally returned home…just to find these red creases around the inner side of the upper arm…And they pained bad when I tried touching them or rubbing anything against them…

In the middle of the night I could find nothing to get rid of the pain…Remembered cucumber oil…and applied…peace… 

This is a problem faced by almost every living being…nothing serious about it…just that it can be a little incapacitating…at times…

To explain to you formally…A rash can also be called dermatitis…which is swelling (puffiness) or irritation of the skin…It can be –

  • Red
  • Dry
  • Scaly
  • Itchy

Also…Rashes also can include –

It is really common…Most people have had a rash or two…In fact…When you were a baby…you probably had diaper rash…(And I am pretty sure about it)

 Hmm….So…why cucumber for rashes…That is what you want to know…?

Well…Cucumber is a fruit with a wide range of advantages…Cucumbers have advantages on physical application as well as consumption…Cucumbers are rich in

  • Fibre
  • Water
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Potassium

Phew! All these things making it the most ideal food for consumption…So…What is the link between cucumbers and skin?

Basically…Cucumber acts as a brilliant natural cleanser…Applying cucumber juice on your face has many advantages…it cleans your skin from within by acting as a deep pore cleanser…hence bringing out a radiant glow in your face…It has many other similar properties that can help you enhance your beauty…

Note this one carefully…Having cucumber on an everyday basis gives you radiant…glowing and flawless skin…Water is the major constituent of cucumber…thus making it a very effective diuretic…Hence eating cucumbers leads to the flushing out of toxins and other harmful substances from your body…As a result…it makes your skin flawless and radiant from the inside…Since cucumbers mainly consist of water…they act as very good hydrating agents…After all…keeping your body hydrated is one of the most basic requirements for keeping your skin healthy…

Cucumber is excessively very effective in curing various skin problems…Rashes…sunburns and inflammation….being the top on list…

For reducing rashes or any other typical skin problem…prepare thin slices of a cucumber and place them on the affected area…It helps in soothing the inflammation and cooling down the area…hence making you feel better in no time…

Also…Cucumber works miraculously on your skin…and keeps pimples and blackheads away…Cucumber also helps in restoring the softness and smoothness of your skin…Apply cucumber juice on your face and allow it to dry…wash off within a few minutes…It’ll make your skin smooth and soft like never before…

Okay…Now quickly go through our reference links…

  1. Cucumber Oil by Secrets
  2. Cucumber by DG
  3. Cucumber Oil by SS

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

Coolest Doctor – Cucumber Oil

I am sure this side of the story must not be in view of most of you…That apart from being an excessively watery fruit…with innumerable skin and hair benefits…This fruit has quality of acting as a therapeutic relief too..

 Rarely you must have heard this but that does not make its extensive use any less…Cucumber is widely used in medicine for their emollient qualities…soothing and refreshing and above all alkalizing…Cucumber is good in hot weather…especially in summer…thanks to its large water content…good for the thirst and bowel action…cool the blood and has a purifying effect on the intestines…They are also highly recommended when there is a tendency to necrosis…and in all cases where it is necessary to neutralize the excessive acidity…as in

  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Obesity
  • Arthritis

Because of its laxative properties it is recommended in constipation…pear will have to chew…Cucumber salad with lemon juice and olive oil before meals is a good remedy for stomach pains and dyspepsia…Juice is also good for inflammation of the digestive tract and bladder…Also of great importance to the secretions and magnificent in febrile states…also for blood…brain and nerves…

The flesh of cucumbers marinated in alcohol and then distilled the “essence of cucumber” used to prepare an ointment used in external applications for freshness and softness to dry skin…Also this ointment can be prepared with only juice in which case it will act also as a coolant…The juice is excellent in skin rashes…inflammation etc…For it will be used in lotions or washes…

Not only that internally…Clears the body of toxin…cleanses and purifies the blood…Very helpful in de-toxifying the body for any conditions of toxicity…Benefits and strengthens the heart…Strengthens the Spleen-pancreas organ combo…Moistens and cleanses the Large Intestine…It also kills tapeworms…Moistens the Lungs for lung dryness for those who live in or are travelling in hot or dry climates…

A pack of grated cucumber placed on the skin brings healing to the cells and tissues of the face…The juice of cucumber will accelerate the healing of burns and wounds…Aids digestion…especially when in pickle form…Aids specifically in the digestion of meat…Clears heat from the body…Alleviates fevers and summer heat…prevents heat stroke…Benefits the kidneys and bladder…Treats kidney and bladder infections…Benefits the eyes….If placed over the eyes it relieves the problems of eyes be it…

  • Hot
  • Inflamed
  • Swollen
  • Dry

Benefits any inflammatory condition due to heat in the body such as inflammation and burning of the stomach

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Sore throat
  • Acne
  • Inflammatory skin conditions
  • Discharges or oozing sores or wounds

And undoubtedly this coolest doctor…Calms the mind…lifting depression…

Okay…Now have a look at our reference links…

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

Adopt Cucumber Oil For Supple Skin

Cucumber oil is undoubtedly skin’s best mate whenever skin is in need…You know why?

Read on…

Cucumber is a fruit with a wide range of advantages…Cucumbers have advantages on physical application as well as consumption…Cucumbers are rich in –

And even in elements like-

  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Potassium

Making it just the ideal thing for consumption….And as for the skin…Cucumber acts as a brilliant natural cleanser…Applying cucumber juice on your face has many advantages…it cleans your skin from within by acting as a deep pore cleanser…hence bringing out a radiant glow in your face…It has many other similar properties that can help you enhance your beauty…so read on to find out what effects does cucumber have on our skin….

 And seriously…nothing is better than consuming a cucumber on a daily basis….Having cucumber on an everyday basis gives you radiant….glowing and flawless skin….Water is the major constituent of cucumber…thus making it a very effective diuretic…Hence eating cucumbers leads to the flushing out of toxins and other harmful substances from your body….As a result…it makes your skin flawless and radiant from the inside….Since cucumbers mainly consist of water…they act as very good hydrating agents….After all…keeping your body hydrated is one of the most basic requirements for keeping your skin healthy…..

Cucumber is very effective in curing various skin problems…such as…

  • Rashes
  • Sunburns
  • Inflammation

For reducing rashes or any other typical skin problem…prepare thin slices of a cucumber and place them on the affected area…It helps in soothing the inflammation and cooling down the area…hence making you feel better in no time!

Cucumber is ideal for a face mask because of its cleansing and cooling properties…Applying cucumber juice on your face can help reduce

  • Dark circles
  • Puffy eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Blemishes
  • Spots
  • Pimples
  • Blackheads

If you have sensitive skin then cucumber should be the key ingredient in all your face packs…Because sensitive skin tends to develop rashes and inflammation very fast…cucumber is very useful for this purpose since it reduces the inflammation and soothes the skin irritation…

Cucumber juice can be mixed with various things to form different face packs that can be effective for different purposes…A few of the commonly used things are…

  • Lemon juice
  • Honey
  • Oatmeal
  • Curd
  • Milk
  • Turmeric
  • Almond oil

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

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

For That Moon-Lit Skin – Cucumber Oil

When I say that even today nothing takes care of our skin better than nature…you will have to agree…

Cucumber Essential Oil being the best nature’s pet at doing so…

Be it applying…be it eating…Having cucumber on an everyday basis gives you radiant…glowing and flawless skinWater is the major constituent of cucumber…thus making it a very effective diuretic….Hence eating cucumbers leads to the flushing out of toxins and other harmful substances from your body…As a result…it makes your skin flawless and radiant from the inside…Since cucumbers mainly consist of water…they act as very good hydrating agents…After all…keeping your body hydrated is one of the most basic requirements for keeping your skin healthy…

Cucumber is ideal for a face mask because of its cleansing and cooling properties…Applying cucumber juice on your face can help reduce

  • Dark circles
  • Puffy eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Blemishes
  • Spots
  • Pimples
  • Blackheads

If you have sensitive skin then cucumber should be the key ingredient in all your face packs…Because sensitive skin tends to develop rashes and inflammation very fast…cucumber is very useful for this purpose since it reduces the inflammation and soothes the skin irritation…

Cucumber juice can be mixed with various things to form different face packs that can be effective for different purposes…A few of the commonly used things are…

  • Lemon juice
  • Honey
  • Oatmeal
  • Curd
  • Milk
  • Turmeric
  • Almond oil

Cucumber has a very cooling effect….Putting cucumber slices on your eyes helps you relax and de-stress for some time…Cucumber is helpful in reducing dark circles…puffy eyes and blood shot eyes…If your eyes look tired and puffed up due to pollution and dust…or due to over strain…try putting cucumber slices on them for 5 to 10 minutes….Not only does this reduce the puffiness…but it also makes you feel calm and relaxed…Make a mixture of cucumber juice and potato juice in equal quantities and apply it onto your eyes…especially your dark circles…Leave it on for approximately 15 minutes..In this way…cucumber is very effective in reducing dark circles….

Okay…Have a look at our reference links…

  1. Cucumber Oil by Dr.Granny
  2. Cucumber Oil by BS
  3. Cucumber by SS

Cucumber Oil – And You Thought You Knew It

Benefits of something when are of as great a proportion as cucumber…Then one can never be sure of knowing the fruit and all about it completely….

The cucumber…formally or technically called…Cucumis Sativus…belongs to the cucurbitaceae family of fruits…Yes…fruits…just because you don’t eat it in a fruit salad doesn’t mean it is not a fruit…Hmm…Yeah so I was saying…it belongs to the fruit family…which also includes –

  • Melons
  • Squashes
  • 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…such as –

  • Acne
  • Boils
  • Helping the skin to 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…

Cucumber is a great folk medicine used to reduce heat and inflammation…It can be eaten raw…pickled or in cooking…This cool fruit is popular among women who use it to treat tired eyes…

Benefits of Cucumber

  • Cucumber is used for skin problems because of its diuretic…cooling and cleansing properties…
  • Cucumber is useful in healing a range of illnesses including lung…stomach and chest problems…gout…arthritis and tapeworm….
  • To reduce heartburn or soothe an acid stomach…drink fresh cucumber juice…It also works wonders for patients of gastritis or ulcers…
  • To reduce puffiness and soothe the eyes…place a cucumber slice over closed eyes…
  • Regular intake of cucumber juice can help control eczema…arthritis and gout…

Okay…I’ll tell you some handy tips for storing them as well…

  • Keep cucumbers cool or they will become soggy…Keep them refrigerated or away from direct sunlight…
  • Cut off the ends and peel the skin to get rid of the bitterness…
  • Avoid pickled cucumbers…These lack nutrient content and are high in sodium…Eat in moderation to avoid getting sick…

Hmm…Okay now quickly go through our reference links…

  1. Cucumber Seed Oil by herbinformation.org
  2. Coolness Of Cucumber Oil by myaromatherapyoil.net
  3. Home Remedies For Wrinkles by ilivnaturalskincare.com

Cucumber Oil – The Liquid From The Skies

I call it a liquid from the skies…Because it aptly deserves being called so…Reason?

Read on to find it yourself…

Cucumbers have many healthy benefits for your body on the inside and out….Because they are mostly water…cucumbers aid in digestion and keep your skin hydrated….Well hydrated skin reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and gives it a healthy glow…Speaking of skin…keep the skins on the cucumbers…They contain fiber…which also benefits your digestive system….In addition to water and fiber…cucumbers also contain Vitamin C which is good for reducing skin irritations and swelling…If you are concerned with high blood pressure…take advantage of the healthy benefits of cucumbers…Cucumbers contain potassium and magnesium…and both have been shown to help lower blood pressure…

Actually…There are two primary ways to reap the healthy benefits of cucumbers…As a topical treatment…women for years have been using cucumber slices to reduce the puffiness and dark circles under their eyes…And as a dietary ingredient…cucumbers can be used in a number of ways…The easiest meal to prepare with cucumbers is a salad…like my cucumber tomato salad. This salad not only allows you to enjoy the healthy benefits of cucumbers…but it also contains olive oil and whole wheat bread…both high in nutrition….

But…precisely…why it is better than any other sweet fruit is…Cucumber Seed Oil contains about 14-20% oleic acid and 60-68% omega-3 linoleic acid…These oils make cucumber oil an ingredient of choice for moisturizing skin and hair…A high content of natural Vitamin E and phytosterols further enhance their protective and nutritive benefits and may help protect skin from free radicals associated with aging and increase stability and shelf life….

And in fact it is mainly due to the high amount of phytosterols which helps the skin strengthen its lipid barrier…restore proper moisture balance…smooth the skin’s surface and improve skin elasticity…Phytosterols also nourish and stimulate skin cells to regenerate…The significant percentage of oleic and linoleic acids can be effective at treating dry skin conditions such as

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Sunburned skin

Cucumber Seed Oil is excellent for revitalizing mature or damaged skin…

Hmm…Now please go through our reference links…

  1. Benefits Of Cucumber by oohoi.com
  2. Cucumber Oil by wisegeek.com

Prolific Cucumber

You know I remember when I was young mom had kept this house-keeper to do the minor house chores…Because my mom was a working lady…That female I remember used to mop the floor…did the vacuuming…washed the dished…made our beds and when needed…prepared snacks for us! I called her ‘superwoman’ and mom used to get jealous…

Anyway…I am I am down to drawing a bizarre parity…But yes I’d say this cucumber oil is no less than my ‘superwoman’ house-keeper! (I Know if possible you guys would’ve hurled tomatoes at me for this!)…But I hope you understood the essence of the title…Prolific Cucumber…

Hmmm…You know this vegetable that most people take lightly…Its Seeds’ Oil contains a high amount of Linoleic…or call it…Omega 6…Fatty Acid! Cucumber Oil also contains notable amounts of Oleic and Palmitic Fatty Acids…All that which obese people and ones with high-cholestrol and generally unhealthy people keep searching for in foods (And I know the one needed for heart problems is Omega 3…Don’t take me for an unaware dunderhead)

Hmm…Are you aware as to how the oil is obtained from such tiny seeds of cucumber? Well…Cold Pressed Cucumber Seed Oil allows formulators to enhance shelf stable products with some of the more surprising benefits of the cucumber plant…This light…highly moisturizing oil can be used in a wide range of applications including –

  • Soap making
  • Masks
  • Facials
  • Body and massage oils
  • Creams
  • Lotions
  • Serum

So you understand the reach of this ‘meagre’ fruit that you….very conveniently chose to ignore every time it was served on the table…?

If…just right now…I choose to put forth just ‘some’ of the qualities of cucumber or cucumber oil…they’ll include…

  • 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
  • Moisturizing soap
  • Used in Spa
  • Massage oil
  • Facial masks
  • Skin nourishing creams
  • Combine a few drops of cucumber essential oil and lavender oil to sandal wood paste…Mix well then apply on your face for 20 minutes
  • Mix cucumber essential oil with a few drops of olive oil and use it as a body massage
  • There are several ways on how to make cucumber oil but the most effective way of benefiting from its essential nutrients is by taking them in raw form

Also…Most people have doubts regarding cucumber being a fruit or vegetable….A member of the melon family…cucumber is botanically a fruit…We think of it as a vegetable because we eat it with salads and never as a dessert…

Hmm…Liked its ‘some’ qualities?

Have a look at our reference links…

  1. 6 Wonderful Skin Benefits by Beauty Secrets Revealed
  2. Cucumber For Skin by Skin Sheen
  3. Benefits Of Cucumber by drgranny.com