Like myself, I’m sure you’ve strolled down the isle of your supermarket, breezing past one of the most wonderfully nutritious and healing vegetables…The Cucumber! Cucumbers (like the man of your dreams) range from 6-9 inches and are a tropical plant that originated in Southeast Asia before spreading to Egypt, Greece and Rome. While today they are most commonly known to heal tired eyes, cucumbers have a plethora of beneficial healing properties you won’t want to miss.
Cucumbers are an excellent source of vitamins C and A and folic acid. The Skin is rich in fiber and contains essential minerals such as silica, potassium, magnesium, and molybdenum. In particular, silica is an important trace mineral that helps strengthen connective tissue that hold our body together such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone.
Cucumbers are also perfect for hydrating and cooling the skin. Two compounds found in cucumbers are ascorbic acid and caffein acid, which help prevent water retention which is why they are used for swollen puffy eyes and sun burns.
Lastly, I would also recommend buying organic cucumbers. Because many of their healing properties lie in skin, you want to avoid buying hot house or genetically modified cucumbers covered in pesticides and herbicides. It has been reported that in the U.S. more than 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides are sprayed on food crops each year. So don’t be cheap! Spend the extra cash on some crunchy delicious organically grown cucumbers, cause lets face it, it’s a lot cheaper then cancer.
Here’s a few fun ways to use cucumbers!
Hydrating Cucumber Face Tonic
1 Organic peeled and seeded cucumber
2 Tablespoons of purified water
Bad Ass Blender
Place a cucumber into a blender with water. (Guys you might want to shield your eyes when you turn on the blender and watch the cucumber get hacked to bits.) Blend on medium until the pulp is thick and juicy. Stain the pulp and catch the juice in a bowl. Place juice in refrigerator and chill for 1 hour.Use a cotton cleansing pads to dip in liquid and apply to the face. Avoid eye area. Leave on for 10 min and then rinse with cool water.
Cucumber Cleanse Shake
This drink is perfect for hydrating and cooling the body after a steamy workout or a hot summer day.
1 Sprig of Fresh Mint
1 Slice of Ginger
Bad Ass Blender
Blend all the ingredients together and enjoy. You may want to add some ice to get it extra cool and delicious.
Slice some fresh cucumbers and add them to a big pitcher of chilled purified water and drink throughout the day. Then light a yummy coconut soy cancel and whip up The Hydrating Cucumber Face Tonic. Place two chilled cucumber slices over your eyes and relax! You don’t need to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks !
Peace, Veggies and Rock’n Roll
Holistic Health Coach