The Incredible Edible Cucumber

By: Honey Good

This article was in the New York Times as part of their series, “Spotlight on the Home.” The facts about the cumber are truly incredible. I was baffled and amused by the cucumber’s importance and wanted to share. I have a feeling you will want to run out to your nearest market for cucumbers!

The Incredible Cucumber

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day.

2. Feeling tired? Put down the caffeinated soda or coffee and pick up a cucumber. They are a great source of B vitamins and carbs to provide a quick pick- me up.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after your shower? Rub 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 of cucumber in a small pie tin. Your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent that humans cannot detect but drive garden pests crazy. They flee!

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going to the pool rub a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes. The ingredient in the cucumber (phytochemicals) causes the collagen in your skin to tighten. WORKS GREAT ON WRINKLES TOO!

6. Want to avoid a hangover? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed.Wake up refreshed and headache free.

7. A snacking binge? The cucumber has been used for centuries by European trappers, traders and explorers for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Don’t have time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe. Its chemicals provide a quick and durable shine that looks great and repels water!

9. Have a squeaky hinge and out of WD40? Rub the cucumber slice along the hinge and the squeak will be gone!

10. Stressed out? Cut up an entire cucumber. Place it in boiling water. The chemicals and nutrients will react with the water and be released in the steam. The relaxing aroma has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during their final exams.

11. Need to freshen your breath? Take a slice of cucumber and press it on the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds. It will kill the bacteria in your mouth.

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. It will remove tarnish and won’t leave streaks.

13. Using a pen and make a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and erase the pen writing. Also works great on crayons and markers that children used to decorate the walls!

Do something GOOD today: Print this blog to refer to and pass on to family and friends!

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