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Cool Cucumber Body Pizza for Itchy or Sunburned Skin

Cool Cucumber Body Pizza for Itchy or Sunburned Skin

If you have sunburn or the “itchies” from bug bites or poison ivy, this is just about the simplest way to find cooling relief that we’ve ever run across. It’s refreshing, draws out the itch, and it isn’t messy. All it takes is cucumber. Can you guess from the unusual name how it works?

Check it out:

1. Thinly slice 3-5 cucumbers and place on a plate.

2. Lie face down in a comfortable position in a warm place. Have a friend place cucumber slices all over the back side of your body, so they are just touching but not overlapping. Use about half the total slices.

3. Rest quietly for 10 to 20 minutes to allow the cucumber slices and juice to penetrate your skin.

4. Remove the slices.

5. Turn over and apply the rest of the slices to your front side. Relax for 10 to 20 minutes. You may want to rinse off afterwards, but it is best not to shower for at least four hours, as the cucumber will continue to work on the skin during that time.

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Adapted from The Herbal Home Spa, by Greta Breedlove (Storey Books, 1998). Copyright (c) 1998 by Greta Breedlove. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from The Herbal Home Spa, by Greta Breedlove (Storey Books, 1998).

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3:53PM PST on Jan 4, 2013

Thaaaaaaaaaaaaanks so itchy right now hope it works!!!

11:58PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

It works, I used it after falling asleep on the beach and staying longer then intended.

8:13AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

thank you, great idea, enjoy your day,

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9:03AM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Thank you

5:40AM PDT on Jul 22, 2012


2:07AM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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very cute

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Wow, didn't know some of this.

Basia? She must be Polish too! ('Basia' is a diminutive form of 'Barbara' in Polish.)


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