Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The varied life of our friend,"Mr. Cucumber"!



( Disclaimer-I do not know who the author of this article is. I came across it, I found it 
interesting and here it is. If you try any of these ideas, I hope they work for you)


            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

            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
will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam,
creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to 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

            Pass this along to everybody you know who is looking for
better and safer ways to solve life's everyday problems..

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