11 Magical qualities of cucumbers you’d never guess.

Some qualities and uses of cucumbers that may surprise you

cucumbers benefits

Surprising benefits of cucumber

  1. Cucumbers contain lots of vitamins.  Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Zinc and Phosphorus.
  2. If you’re feeling tired, just pick up a cucumber. The B Vitamins and nutrient-dense water content provide a quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
  3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a slice of cucumber over the mirror. This will get rid of the fog and provide a lovely, spa-like fragrance.
  4. If you’ve been out on the town and want to avoid a hangover, just munch on quarter of cucumber before going to bed and you’ll more likely wake up refreshed. Cucumbers contain enough natural sugars, B vitamins and electrolytes like magnesium and potassium to replace essential nutrients the body lost while you were painting the town red.
  5. Looking for a quick fix to reduce appearance of cellulite before going to the beach?  Take a few inches of cucumber, cut in half length-wise, and rub along your problem area for a few minutes. The phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, which will firm up the outer layer and reduce the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!
  6. Are slugs and pests in your garden eating your plants and home grown veggies?  Put a few slices of cucumber in a small aluminium ‘take-away’ container and the chemicals in the cucumber will react with the aluminium and give off a scent which is undetectable to humans but drive garden pests off to more slug-friendly pastures.
  7. Struggling with afternoon or evening snacking binges?  Eating  a quarter cucumber can act like a quick meal to thwart hunger and cravings. Particularly good in the summer months, as cucumber is cooling.
  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 shine that not only looks great but also repels water.
  9. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, visit to the spa, or even a home facial? Cut up a whole cucumber and place it in a pot of boiling water.  The phytochemicals and nutrients from the cucumber react with the boiling water and release into the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing and stress-relieving aroma.
  10. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your taps, 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’ worth of undesirable stains, but it will bring back the shine without leaving streaks. Safe for your hands too.
  11. Just finished a business lunch and realize you don’t have mints or gum? Take a slice of cucumber and with your tongue hold it to the roof of your mouth for half a minute to eliminate bad breath. The phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

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If you know of any other qualities or benefits of cucumbers, please do let me know, www.blueandgreenalgae.com