Thursday, 29 August 2013

The Amazing Cucumber

A cucumber contains most of the vitamins you need every day, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

Feeling tired in the afternoon? Forget having a cup of coffee or tea and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

Bathroom mirror fogs up after a shower? Rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

Slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluninium to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

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!!!

Want to a void a hangover or 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 lost by the body, keeping everything in equilibrium.

Looking to fight off that snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries as quick meals to thwart off starvation.

No time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe and its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

Out of WD40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and the squeak is gone!

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 pan of water. The chemicals from the cucumber will be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during exams.

Just finished a business lunch and realize you don't have breath 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 phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

Looking for a 'green' way to clean your taps and sinks? 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 your fingers or fingernails while you clean.

Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly erase the pen writing, also crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!

This was taken from 'Coast Roses R Us'

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