When you think of a cucumber…what comes to mind? Most people would say pickles or something that you chop up to accent a salad. The cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is originally from India. The cucumber grows in the ground and it is supported by vines, very similar to how a watermelon and tomatoe grows. Cucumbers are grown to be eaten fresh, at their ripeness they are very sour….pickles. Cucumbers are mainly eaten in the unripe green form, eaten alone or thrown atop of a salad for more color and personality. The ripe yellowish form normally becomes too bitter and sour. Cucumbers are usually more than 90% water.
Did you know that cucumbers are classified as fruits? Well they are! Like there similar counterparts cucumbers are treated like tomatoes and squash which are also fruits but we eat them like vegetables.
Alongside dietary nutrition, cucumber have amazing health and multi-use benefits, so before you go picking them off of a salad and tossing them aside, check this out!
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 *yes this includes myself and my Cokes* 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 or garden? 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 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.
7 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!
8 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. * Or make an appointmen with me for a facial! *
9 Just finished 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.
10 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.
11 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!!
You see! These almost tasteless fruits do wonders not only for your skin and under your skin but they have practical and household uses.
Hosea 4:6 says that: ” …We perish for the lack of knowledge.” Just plain ole’ not educating ourselves about the simplicities of the things that God has blessed us with on this Earth. I want to always be in the know about things… and other ways things can be used. Its definitely a penny saver. So I thought this would be a good share for you guys. What if we they stop selling gum, or household cleaner…? We might have to rely on an assumed insignificant green fruit.
Enjoy and go make a cucumber salad!