Thursday, September 13, 2012

13 Amazing Cucumber Things

The cucumber is India's gift to the world. This humble fruit (yes, like tomato and squash, cucumber is actually not a vegetable, but  fruit) has some amazing uses that I would never have known if it were not for this forwarded email. It shows up in a million places on the internet, so I do not know whom to credit, but I thought I would still share it with you guys.
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 physiochemical 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 physiochemical 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 it 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!!


  1. Very interesting tips! The ones about the garden, cleaning faucets, I will give a try!

  2. Very different from what Sherlyn was raving about :P Good Post !

  3. Those were some very handy tips with the humble cucumber. Thanks!

  4. I learnt something precious today, Shubhorup. These are some wonderful insights on cucumber's beauty and beyond...
    I really didn't know that this 'fruit' can be used for cleaning and erasing purpose as well..!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful tips with us.

    PS--The sulekha site is still not in order, so don't think I have forgotten about those 'eleven' thing!It's in my mind~

  5. Thanks for the share. I did not know about so many usage. But, I love cucumber and eat it a lot :D

  6. I did not know it could do that in the bathroom get rid of the fog from the mirror

    Now that is a lot of infor sir .. Thank you


  7. thanks for sharing. I love eating cucumber! We can also benefit from its anti-cancer component, no wonder it is considered as one of the alternative treatment for cancer.



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