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13 Ways To Use Cucumbers

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1. Make a Cooling Summer Bath
Call me an old granny, but I love Epsom salt baths and their surprising health benefits. But do I love taking a bath in 95-degree weather? Not so much. So since Iím kind of addicted, Iíve devised a cooling Epsom salt bath that is the perfect antidote to a hot, stressy summer day. Itís a bath that incorporates, ta da, cucumbers! Along with fresh mint, and a hit of floral essential oil. Mmmmm. According to University of Maryland Medical Center, peppermint has has a soothing and cooling effect on skin irritations caused by hives, poison ivy, or poison oak; it reduces headache symptoms; and it can be used in the treatment of depression. (So if youíre hot, itchy, depressed and have a headache Ö)

To a tub of tepid water add 2 cups Epsom salt, stir in 1 sliced cucumber, a handful of torn peppermint leaves, and an optional 3 drops ylang ylang pure essential oil. Soak, be soft and happy.

2. Soothe Puffy Eyes
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. The high water content helps to hydrate tender skin in the eye region, while the chill of a refrigerated cucumber helps contract blood vessels in the area–both effects combine to reduce swelling. To use cucumbers as an eye treatment, grab a cold cucumber from the refrigerator and cut two thick slices. Find a comfortable place to relax and set the cucumbers over your closed eyes for about 10 to 15 minutes. I also like to grate the cucumber and just kind of pack it in.

3. Make a Cucumber Toner

This formula is inspired by one in the book Ecobeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends–it is very mild and works well for all skin types. If you ever wake up feeling like your face is a little puffy, this toner is your best bet for calming and tightening your skin.
1/2 cucumber with peel, chopped
3 tablespoons witch hazel
2 tablespoons distilled water

Put all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove all of the solids, then pour the toner into a clean bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Store this toner in the refrigerator for a longer shelf lifeóit should last for several weeks. To use, apply the toner to your face using a clean cotton ball.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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1:05AM PDT on Jul 11, 2015

This webpage comprises of a pleasant knowledge and giving lessons as well, I loved it lots more.

2:14AM PDT on Jul 3, 2015

i like my cucumbers very simply, sliced with a little salt and pepper

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6:14AM PDT on Mar 8, 2015

Thank you

6:19PM PST on Mar 7, 2015

Thank you

5:15AM PST on Mar 6, 2015

Great ideas.

@ Patricia H. I did try using cucumbers as a repellent, but it did not work for me. The orange peel is a much better option.

2:31PM PST on Feb 17, 2015

Thank you for the interesting article, I already laid some cucumber slices on my face when I had a light sunburn, the humidity cools the skin, and the minerals help it recover, but most of all I love the old-fahioned recipe for cucumber salad from my mum: cucumber, sour cream, some vinegar, a bit sunflower oil + some herbs, nom-nom, I love it, often make it in summer!!!

10:07AM PST on Feb 16, 2015

very good info, thank you

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