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Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Amazing Cucumber!

This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight
on the Home
" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1.    Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need
every day... Just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3,
Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium,
Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

 Feeling tired in the afternoon?  Put down the caffeinated
soda and pick up a cucumber.  Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and
Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3.    Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower?
Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror...  It will eliminate
the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4.    Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds?  Place a
few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season
long.  The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a
scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee
the area.  WOW!

5.    Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before
going out or to the pool?  Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along
your problem area for a few minutes.  The photochemical in the cucumber
cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and
reducing the visibility of cellulite.  Works great on wrinkles too!  

6.    Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache?  Eat a few
cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free.
Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish
essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding
both a hangover and headache!!

7.    Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge?
Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European
trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8.    Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that
you don't have enough time to polish your shoes?  Rub a freshly cut
cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine
that not only looks great but also repels water.

9.    Out of WD-40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge?  Take a
cucumber sliced rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is

Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa?
Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the
chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and
be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been
shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11.  Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints?
Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your
tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the photochemical will kill the
bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12.  Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless
steel?  Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to
clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but
is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you

13.  Using a pen and made a mistake?  Take the outside of the
cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on
crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!

Pass this along to everybody you know who is looking for better and safer ways
to solve life's everyday problems...  

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