Healthy Tips 20 benefits and uses of Cucumbers

Find out twenty amazing benefits and uses of Cucumbers for skin, hair, the body in general and your health.

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Cucumber is a wonderful vegetable and belongs to the Cucurbitaceous family, its scientific name being Cucumis sativus. This vegetable is considered as a super food for its effects on the overall health.

This plant is extremely easy to grow and is cultivated in various sizes, shapes and colour, it can be cultivated all over the world.

It has a light to dark green thin skin, moisture rich flesh and has tiny edible seeds inside, it is best harvested when it is young, tender and just short of achieving maturity. It has a slightly sweet flavour and is mainly eaten raw in salad or sandwiches or in the form of juice.

Check out the following benefits and uses;

  1. Helps soothe sunburn
  2. Cucumber juice can be used for the hair in order to get silky and shiny hair, it conditions and makes the hair more manageable.
  3. Reduces dark circles - place two slices on the eyes for twenty minutes or soak two cotton balls in cucumber juice and place them on your eyes. It rejuvenates the skin and causes dark circles to fade.
  4. Fights constipation.
  5. Is a good source of fiber.
  6. The water content in cucumber aids the function of kidney by promoting urination. Regular consumption of cucumber can also dissolve kidney stones over time.
  7. Aids digestion.
  8. Fights intestinal worms.
  9. Aids prevention of cancer.
  10. Good for dental health.
  11. Reduces bloating and flushes out waste from the body.
  12. Treats blood pressure.
  13. Cures hangovers.
  14. Strengths bones.
  15. Treats Open Pores- You can also use cucumber to treat open pores. Extract cucumber juice and use it as a toner. You can also mix it with apple cider vinegar, tomato pulp and Aloe Vera gel to make it more effective.

  16. Fights Cellulite- Cucumber can also help to banish cellulite of thighs. Mix some ground coffee with cucumber juice and raw honey to make a thick paste. Apply this on the affected areas, wrap it in muslin cloth and exfoliate gently after 30 minutes. Eating cucumber can also treat cellulite.

  17. Treats Blemishes.

  18. Strengths hair.

  19. Cucumber as a Face Pack- Cucumber offers multiple benefits when used as a face pack. Grated cucumber and cucumber juice can be used as a key component in facial masks to treat wrinkles, pimples and other skin problems.

    1. Take a fresh Cucumber and blend it in a blender to make a fine paste. Add some lemon juice drops and 1 teaspoon of honey to it. Apply it all over the face and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off with tap water and pat dry. This face pack will help to reverse tanning.
    2. Mix some turmeric and lemon juice with fresh cucumber pulp. Apply it on the face and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash it off after it dries. This will control oil secretion of the face.
    3. Mix a teaspoon of oats with cucumber pulp and leave it aside for half an hour. Apply it on the face and neck and leave it to dry for 20 minutes. This is very effective for dry skin. You can also add honey to this face pack to moisturise the skin.
  20. Controls Puffiness of the Eyes.

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