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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

How About That Cucumber!!!


This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.
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 phytochemicals 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 the 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 phytochemcials 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 is 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!!

14 comments:

Andrea said...

Sorry, I don't have time to comment ... I am running to the store to buy Cucumbers :) If they can do even half of the things they claim I'm hooked. Thanks Sylvia ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Sylvia K said...

I hope no one else is having trouble accessing their blog!! I can see mine, I can comment, but can't add a post or pics???? I surely hope Google gets its act together SOON!!!

Merisi said...

No problem at all around here, Sylvia! I hope all troubles are gone by now on your side, too!

I had no idea cucumber was such a good deal: I had several slices as a snack this afternoon. ;)

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Sylvia, my posting is going fine - except for the megaslo connection I have with this dongle!!

It's a wonder you can't point a cucumber at the machine and have it work like a wand!!!! YAM xx

cieldequimper said...

No problems here for once! And you know what? I've got a cucumber in the fridge right now. And organic too!

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

..Cucumber production is going to be good this year here Sylvia.
I hope there will be a good market for them.
..They can be used in so many ways, as the article in N.Y. is describing.
As for accessing our blogs and comment on them... mine might have some problem with my friends and fellow bloggers after I was urged to use google+.
Some are complaining the do not have access always.
I hope you are having a great day.
Costas

TexWisGirl said...

glad i can see and read your post. your side bar is definitely squeezed to death, though. :)

i think i need to soak my entire body in cucumbers!

Arija said...

I guess that explains why I snack on cucumbers a lot.
Thanks for the rest of the info as well. Cucumber, being a fruit, is a quick fix if one is exhausted.

magiceye said...

Very interesting information. Thank you for sharing

George said...

I didn't realize that a cucumber could come to the rescue in so many different situations. Thanks for all the tips.

Dianne said...

Cucumbers on wrinkles ....I'll let you know if it works Sylvia.

Liz said...

Some very interesting facts... I might just try a few!!

Christine said...

I wish there was a Like button for comments - so many of them here are wonderful! Hooray for cucumbers! Who knew?

Pam said...

Cucumbers are now my go-to food, body, mind, cleaning aid and everything else.
Thanks for the tip!

have a great day Sylvia ~:)

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