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Cucumbers are cooler than you think.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

I copied this from Facebook.

WOW! Who knew a cuke could do SO MUCH?

“1. Fat busting: Do you ever wonder why women put cucumbers on their eyes to relieve puffiness? The photochemical in cucumbers makes the collagen in your skin tighten, thus the lack of puffiness. Did you know that you can rub a cucumber on a problematic spot of cellulite anywhere on your body to lessen the visibility of it? Did you also know that it has the same effect on wrinkles? Wow, it makes purchasing those fifty dollar creams seem a little silly, doesn’t it? You can also rub a little bit under your kiddo’s eyes after a long bout of crying to avoid that puffy ‘I cried for an hour straight’ look.

2. Defogger: Do you get annoyed when you get out of the shower and you have to fight the fog on the mirror? Who has time for that when the kids will be awake at any moment? Try rubbing a slice of cucumber on the mirror before you hop in and not only will you get a fog-free mirror, but you’ll have a nice smell that will boost your mood.

3. Headaches: If you suffer from headaches from chasing your babies all day, or had a little too much wine with dinner and want to avoid a hangover, eat half of a cucumber before bed. Cucumbers are high in B vitamins, sugar, and electrolytes, and they replenish the nutrients missing in your body to help you avoid a hang over or to beat that headache that’s been threatening to take over.

4. WD-40 replacement: Did you know you can get rid of a squeak by rubbing a cucumber on the hinge? Wow, now you don’t have to tear your garage apart looking for that little can with the red straw, and the baby won’t wake up when you slowly open the nursery door to check on him.

5. Crayon on the walls: Take an unpeeled cucumber and rub the crayon off of the walls in the event that your kiddo left you some art. You can also use this technique to erase a pen mistake.

6. Halitosis killer: Take a slice of cucumber and put it on the roof of your mouth. Hold it there with your tongue for 30 seconds. The photochemical that you love for cellulite and puff reduction will also kill the bacteria that is causing your bad breath.

7. Tarnish remover: If you’re finding tarnish on your stainless steel kitchen faucets and appliances? Rub it off with a cucumber slice. Not only will it remove years of tarnish, it will leave it streak free and your hands will thank you, and your kids won’t be put at risk from a dangerous chemical.

8. Energy booster: If you’re feeling tired in the afternoon, don’t give Starbucks your five bucks. Instead, grab a cucumber. There are just enough carbohydrates and B vitamins to give you a longer-lasting and healthier boost of energy than soda, coffee, or those health hazard energy drinks.

9. Munchy madness: Did you know that European trappers ate cucumbers for energy and to keep from starving to death? If those big burly manly men can eat a cucumber to keep from starving, you can eat one as a healthy choice when the munchies hit. Slice some up and take them in a small plastic container to the movies if your theater doesn’t offer healthy alternatives to munching on butter soaked popcorn.

10. Frugal facial: Slice up a cucumber and boil it in a pot of water. The chemicals inside of the cucumber will mix with the steam. Remove the pot from heat and lean over it, letting the steam hit you. Your skin will be more radiant and healthy, and you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

11. Shoe polish: Cut a slice off of your cucumber and rub it on your shoe. It will not only shine it up, but it will repel water.

12. Pest control: Put three or four slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and place them in your garden. The chemicals in the cucumber have a reaction that pests hate. You won’t smell it, but it will drive them from your garden all year long. Replace them periodically.

13. Sunburn: Sometimes sun block doesn’t always protect your little ones from sunburn. If you have burnt little kiddos you don’t have any aloe, rub some cucumber on them. Many doctors even use cucumber to treat patients with irritated skin and sunburns.

14. Blood pressure: Cucumber has been long used to treat high blood pressure. If you have it, add cucumbers to your daily diet. There is also ongoing research into the use of cucumbers for lowering cholesterol.

15. Constipation remedy: The seeds of a cucumber are a diuretic. If you’re constipated, try eating a cucumber. If you suffer from chronic constipation, add cucumber to your daily diet.”

We continue on with my husband's convalescence after his foot surgery. I didn't go to church this morning. My husband should get the stitches out of his foot June 14 th, be the Lord Willing. He is not allowed to dangle his foot in normal sitting. He has to have it elevated with two bed pillows.

We have tried new recipes and I continue to make my daily smoothie with my Nutri-bullet. The Pool Boys still haven't opened the pool.

Yesterday, I vacuumed the main level and swished and swiped the toilets and vanities in two bathrooms as my exercise. I caught a plastic bag in the vacuum and had to learn how to remove the brush bar and reset it so it would rotate. So I am learning some new things too.
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    Good tips! I hope your hubby will be better by the 14th and you also get the pool done.
    1714 days ago
    nice to know thanks
    1714 days ago
    Going to get cucumbers tomorrow! LOVE 'em anyway, but now all the more reason to love 'em.

    HUGS and hope your DH's foot is coming along.
    1715 days ago
    WOW! I've always loved cukes, but I never knew all the great things they do! *puts s'more cukes on my shopping list~* Thanks for sharing, sweetie~ emoticon BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1715 days ago
    I am going to start bathing in cucumbers! I would love to get rid of cellulite and wrinkles!

    I just bought a couple today from the farmer for my salads this week at work.

    Is your husband able to get around some on his own now?
    1715 days ago
    do you have 2 kinds of cucumber in your foodstores? we noticed them on our visits to NJ. The shorter, fatter ones are more like zucchini, the long thin ones were called "English" cucumbers.
    About 3 miles from here is a huge commercial greenhouse that grows most of the cucumbers sold to supermarkets in the UK, they call it Thanet Earth.
    1715 days ago
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    Those are some interesting facts about cucumbers. Thanks for sharing this info.
    1715 days ago
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