People eat all kinds of vegetables every day, each of them not only provides food to our body, but also provides nutrition to our body. Like watermelon and zucchini, cucumber belongs to the big melon family, too. This vegetable is appreciated by many people in most parts of the world for thousands of years and people treat them as fruit in summer. However, do you know the health properties of cucumber?
Cucumber’s official scientific name is “Cucumis sativus”. There is a lot of water contained in the cucumber, so it can purify the body inside and moisten outside. Cucumber is a source for fiber to help prevent constipation because cucumber can reinforce of the intestinal mucous. But to some people who with a delicate stomach, they should pay more attention on avoiding suffering from diarrhoea.
Cucumber is very helpful in reducing and improving various health problems. The benefits of cucumber vary from beauty therapies such as restoring hair, removing bags under the eyes, and enhancing the growth of nails and skin to severe issues such as reducing the threat of developing cancer. Cucumber juice can benefit you in many other areas apart from the ones mentioned above. People, who dread drinking cucumber juice alone, can mix it in different ways for better taste.
Cucumber is one of the best choices to reduce weigh. For example, an afternoon snack of cucumber-salad will rid-off hunger, facilitate weight loss and promote skin health. The flesh of cucumber is made up of 95 per cent of water and scarce caloric value. So having a diet of cucumber makes people light and suitable to combat obesity.
Cucumber has another function-detoxify our body, which removes toxins out of our body. Cucumber is the best natural diuretic known, secreting and promoting the flow of urine. And because cucumber is rich in minerals and sodium, it can help regulate blood pressure.
Cucumber is mild and can be a part of your daily diet and external skin care regimen. Cucumber’s nutritional benefits include natural salts, enzymes, and vitamins essential for strong cell growth and repair. Meanwhile, the green skin of cucumber can be regarded as antioxidant. Eating more cucumber can slow down the speed of skin aging. So it is advisable that women should use cucumber for skin care instead of expensive cosmetics.
Many young people especially young man and some old people are troublesome by a problem-falling hair. It is said when the juice of the cucumber is added to the juice of carrot, lettuce and spinach can promote the growth of hair because it contains high silicon and sulphur. This way is much safer than advertisement about many drugs of hair growing.
Many women like to use cucumber for skin care at home because this is a cheap and effective way as a beauty aid and a best tonic for the skin of the face. It is amazing to note that cucumber is popularly used in expensive spa treatments. Its regular use prevents pimples, blackheads, wrinkles and dryness of the face. A lotion of equal quantities of cucumber juice and milk with a few drops of rose water applied on the face will keep your skin soft and glowing.
One of the reasons for the popularity of cucumber for skin care is it provides freshness to all skin types. This property is manifold: gives the skin softness, hydrates even the largest pores and reduces redness. Juice of cucumbers can be used for oily skin. In a 100g of juice add 20 ml of alcohol, and for dry skin, put the same amount of juice and 5 ml of alcohol.
A good way to use cucumber for skin care is to use it for making your own facial mask. The use of cucumber mask dates back to Cleopatra of Egypt. To make an all-natural mask, simply, slice a medium-sized cucumber, puree it in a blender and add other natural ingredients depending on whatever benefits you intend to derive from the mask.
For instance, yoghurt imparts moisturizing properties, while oatmeal imparts exfoliating properties. Similarly, honey is antimicrobial, lemon juice is an astringent and brewer’s yeast provides deep cleansing. Blend the ingredients, adding them gradually, until the mask reaches the right consistency, i.e. thick enough to smooth on to your skin. Apply on the face, avoiding your eyes, leave on for fifteen minutes, rinse with warm water, and pat-dry. Unused portions can be refrigerated for a day or two and used again.
So you can see here the overwhelming benefits of cucumber. Whether you use it or eat it, this kind of miracle vegetable is very good to our health and a great cosmetic mean for skin care.
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