Cucumber isn’t just good to go on tuna sandwiches, or for a quick pick-me-up for tired eyes. If you’re energy flags in the afternoon, eating some cucumber will give you a carbohydrate boost to keep you going for hours, and also keep hunger pangs at bay. So what else can you do with your cucumber? You might be amazed, even incredulous, at some of these uses for cucumber, but take it from one who knows – they work!
Quick beauty fix
If you’re going to the pool or the beach, and you’re self-conscious about cellulite, massage the offending area with slices of cucumber. Keep it up for a few minutes, and the collagen in your skin will tighten temporarily, reducing the appearance of cellulite. It works on wrinkles, too, so if you’re heading for a special evening out, massage your face with cucmber before applying your make up.
After a heavy night of liquid refreshment, eat a few slices of cucumber before you go to bed. The sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes in the cucumber will restore your body’s natural balance and help to rehydrate you, so you’ll wake up refreshed and hangover-free. Eating cucumber is also a natural remedy for headaches, if you eat some as soon as you feel a headache coming on.
If you’ve eaten a lot of garlic or spicy food, pressing a slice of cucumber to the roof of your mouth with your tongue will kill off the bacteria that cause bad breath, leaving your mouth fresh. Hold the cucumber in place for at least 30 seconds to be effective.
Eraser and stain remover
Not a lot of people know this, but cucumber skin is great for erasing biro, crayon and marker pen stains. If your kids are budding Picassos and have been practicing on the kitchen walls or your new leather sofa, rubbing gently with cucumber skin should remove the offending stains. If you’re very careful, you can even correct mistakes in your writing this way, but take it easy, or the cucumber will wear through the paper.
Cut up a cucumber and place in a pan of boiling water on the cooker. The result is a soothing and relaxing aroma released into the steam. It’s like a home spa treatment. This has been tried out in several stress situations, and it works!
I hope I’ve convinced you that there’s more to a cucumber than garnishing salads. What uses can you find for cucumber?