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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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3:22AM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

14. eat cucumbers with ants

7:03AM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

You could say... cool! (as a cucumber), thanks for sharing :3

8:47PM PDT on Jun 18, 2014

Cucumber is one of my most favourite vegetables.

12:24PM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

Thank you for sharing

6:02AM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

Thanks .

4:05AM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

Thanks

6:20PM PDT on Jun 3, 2014

Thanks for the star Don, right back at you. Cucumbers rock! :)

3:47AM PDT on May 7, 2014

The nice refresher

7:32PM PDT on May 2, 2014

Thanks for sharing !! :)

2:21PM PDT on Apr 24, 2014

Is there a vegan substitute for the egg whites in the facial recipes?

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