Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cucumbers...I love them even more now!

Wow, check out these amazing different ways you can use a cucumber....beyond eating.

This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part
> of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and
> fanciful ways to solve common problems.
> 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. (WOW)
> 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
> 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
> sliced rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is
> 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
> 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 walls!!

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