The Many Uses of Cucumbers (Get your mind out of the gutter)

My friend’s mom sent me this today about the many uses of cucumbers.  I’m not sure if this is even true… but if it is – cucumbers are amazing and I’m reluctant to eat something that can remove pen and tarnish.  Regardless – I thought I’d share this interesting list (and if you try any of these things and it works – let me know!):

  1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need  every day, just one cucumber contains  Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin  B5, Vitamin  B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium,  Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus,  Potassium and Zinc.
  2. Feeling tired  in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda  and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good  source of B  Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can  provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for  hours.
  3. Tired of your bathroom mirror  fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a  cucumber slice along the mirror, it will  eliminate the fog and provide a soothing,  spa-like fragrance.
  4. Are grubs and  slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few  slices in a small pie tin and
    your garden  will be free of pests all season long. The  chemicals in the cucumber react with the  aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to  humans but drive garden pests crazy and make  them flee the area.   
  5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove  cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try  rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your  problem area for a few minutes, the  photochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen  in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer  layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite.  Works great on wrinkles too!!!
  6. Want  to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a  few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake  up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers  contain enough sugar, B vitamins and  electrolytes to replenish essential  nutrients the body lost,
    keeping  everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a  hangover and headache!
  7. Looking to  fight off that afternoon or evening snacking  binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries  and often used by European trappers, traders and  explores for quick meals to thwart off  starvation.
  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 and durable shine  that not only looks great but also repels  water.
  9. Out of WD 40 and  need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber  slice and rub it along the problematic hinge,  and voila, the squeak is gone!
  10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage,  facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire  cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water,  the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber  with react with the boiling water and be  released in the steam, creating a soothing,  relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce  stress in new mothers and college students  during final exams.
  11. Just finish a  business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or  mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to  the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30  seconds to eliminate bad  breath, the photochemical will kill the  bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing  bad breath.
  12. Looking for a ‘green’ way  to clean your faucets, 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 of tarnish and bring back the  shine, but it won’t leave streaks and won’t harm  you fingers or fingernails while you  clean.      
  13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside  of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the  pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!

Did you know cucumbers were this powerful?

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8 responses to “The Many Uses of Cucumbers (Get your mind out of the gutter)

  1. Will definitely consider it as a quick afternoon snack, but I think I’ll avoid cleaning my bathroom with it. Kyle thinks I’m weird enough, I don’t need him to come home and find me rubbing the bathtub with a cucumber.

    But then again, he’d be shocked to come home and find me cleaning the bathroom at all, so maybe the cucumber would go unnoticed…

    I worry about eating something that can clean tarnish…

  2. Meredith

    Who knew?!?! And I always thought cucumbers had next to no nutritional value.

    I attributed cucumbers to be like iceberg lettuce… mostly water. Who knew you could kill bad breath with it?

  3. I’m almost afraid to eat something that has such amazing powers. I think it might hurt me!

    Or maybe it’ll just make your insides super clean.

  4. James awiti

    What i want is the market for cucumber ,i have resources to produce it.

  5. Rachael. E

    Cucumber is very nice, i have tried all this,it work for me.

  6. Oh wow cucumbers are amazing I’ll try some of the things right now!

  7. kitty

    Iv been eating it for breakfast all week and i feel better for it, my stomaches less bloated, thanks for the humble cucumber.

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