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The Many Uses Of Cucumbers! August 17, 2012

Who knew cucumbers could have so many uses?  Our Sales Manager for the women’s magazine that I write for (Women’s Lifestyle Northshorre) sent me these tips on cucumbers.  I have not tried all of these to see if they work but I still thought it was worth a pass down to my readers 🙂  I have tried a couple, one being the hunger cure and that one does work!  I’m going to be trying the grub one later today because I have had a terrible issue with them since we started getting rain here in the Mitten.

Whether one or all 10 work, there are lots of cucumbers around right now so give the ideas a try, even you kids might enjoy doing a couple “experiments” with the cucumbers (like the mirror cleaning or facet cleaning).         Enjoy!!!  For comments/questions please email ramona@lowfatdivablog.com

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!!


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