Many people think cucumber is a vegetable, but in fact it is a fruit. It dates back to ancient Egyptian times and is valued as an easily digestible fruit for all. The cucumber is a creeping vine that roots in the ground, and so has grounding properties which make it great for reproductive health. The fruit of the plant is called the cucumber and it has large leaves that form a canopy to cover and protect it, symbolic of its protective, nurturing properties for the human body.
Cucumbers are related to the family of melons and similarly have high water contents. Because they hold large amounts of water they are often used as a diuretic and antioxidant to rid the body of excessive water, toxins and intestinal worms. They reduce swelling and help relieve gout and cool fevers. In addition, they are astringents and have moistening qualities which make them very effective skin treatments for decreasing wrinkles and soothing sore feet. They’re best known for relieving puffy, tired eyes.
Our eyes are working all day long, and in this age of electronics our eyes are under a great deal of stress. More than ever before, many people are wearing glasses and complaining of tired sore eyes at the end of the day. Long working days, pollen allergies and crying can cause the eyes to become inflamed or puffy. To relieve stressed, overworked, tired, puffy or inflamed eyes apply a couple of slices of cool, pealed cucumbers to the eyes and surrounding tissue for 5 to 10 minutes and see what happens!
Cucumbers to Reduce Swelling or Inflammation Another Common Pregnancy Symptom:
If you suffer from swollen hands, feet or gout, eating cucumber on a daily basis works as a natural diuretic due to its anti-inflammatory properties, and its ability to help neutralize and excrete the uric acid that builds up in joints plagued by gout. Its diuretic action reduces swelling and may also prevent kidney and bladder stones. It is a fantastic fruit to use during pregnancy to relieve swollen feet or hand swelling and some nerve swelling that is caused by Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, which is commonly seen during pregnancy.
Cucumbers to Relive Constipation Especially Good During Pregnancy:
The enzymes found in cucumber support protein metabolism, which helps cleanse and detoxify the intestines. Furthermore the high water and roughage content in cucumbers are a natural source to help prevent and relieve constipation. You cannot over-eat cucumbers; they cannot hurt you or your baby if you are pregnant. To relieve constipation you would have to eat 3 to 4 cucumbers daily on their own, in a dip or within a salad until the problem is solved. Cucumbers can counteract constipation experienced from the side effects of iron supplements within prenatal vitamins, those required to treat anemia and those that you should be taking when you are trying to get pregnant.
Cucumbers to Help with Weight Loss Especially After Pregnancy:
If you are trying to lose weight, then you’ll be focused on burning fat and excreting fat cells. This weight loss process creates toxins in the body, and eating cucumbers as part of your weight loss program helps you excrete these toxins faster. Cucumbers also help the body absorb more protein in order to help build healthy muscle and keep your cells toned. They are a great “snack meal” because they are full of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and K plus Calcium, Copper, Selenium, Iodine, Zinc and Manganese.
Cucumber Facial Beautification Treatment:
2 unwaxed, unpeeled cucumbers
One pint of whipping cream
Tablespoon of Olive Oil
Tablespoon of Honey
Teaspoon of Corn Starch
Wash, dice and place 2 unwaxed, unpeeled cucumbers into a blender.
Add one pint of whipping cream into mixture to make a smooth paste.
Blend in a tablespoon of olive oil, a tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of cornstarch.
Chill the mixture in a refrigerator.
Slice the lemon in half and rub it over your face, keeping away from the eyes.
Then apply the chilled paste onto the face and leave it on for one hour.