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.

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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Sarah R.
Sarah R.2 years ago

Thaaaaaaaaaaaaanks so itchy right now hope it works!!!

Dominika Styczynska

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

Teresa Mac Tavish

thank you, great idea, enjoy your day,

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago


Melissah Chadwick
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Angela N.
Angela N.3 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Despina Vekris
Despina Vekris3 years ago


Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks for the article.