CUCUMBERS (Cucumis sp) are plants of the gourd
family - Cucurbitaceae, to which some well-known fruits
as the melons or the pumpkins belong.
They are natives from
the India and they already were used abundantly, together
with the melons, in the old Egyptian culture. Later on,
Greeks and Romans also consumed them habitually. It was
so appreciated in the antiquity that Israelis in the exile
complained to Moses about having lost the main luxuries
of Egypt that, according to them, they thought to be cucumbers
In recent times they appear as cultivated plants
in warm climates in many countries of the world. Different
species exist, some bigger ones used to eat fresh in salads
(Cucumis sativus); other smaller ones, as the Indian
species Cucumis anguria that is used as a species
to put in vinegar. Some have a more exclusive use, as the Cucumis myriocarpus, a species from South Africa
, with potent vomitive properties or the Arabic species Cucumis prophetarum that constitutes a strong purge.
Besides these properties, they are used by the perfumery
industry for their wealth in aromas to provide odour to
PROPERTIES OF CUCUMBERS
Cucumbers to lose weight and detox your body
fruits of the ordinary cucumber (Cucumis sativus) are
specially suitable for those who want to reduce weight.
They are formed in 95% of water and possess scarce caloric value,
(about 20 calories for each 100 gr.) which makes them extremely
light and suitable to combat obesity.
A diet of cucumbers
in spring will be something very appropriate for people undertaking
weight diets or suffering from serous accumulations in the extremities
- edemas -. Cucumbers will also help them to detoxify the
organism, purifying the blood by eliminating the uric acid,
expelling the excess of water from the organism and, because
of its laxative properties, they will clean the intestine of fecal
residuals. Cucumbers are very interesting for diabetes diet.
Are cucumbers digestive?
constitute a good reinforcer of the intestinal mucous
, reason why their consumption is very appropriate for those
people who want to protect the stomach, although it is necessary
to be cautions about chewing them very well, since, being very
rich in cellulose, they can become indigestible if little chewed.
Equally they are not very advisable for people with a delicate
stomach or for those who have a tendency to suffer from diarrhea.
Neither grown-ups should abuse of their consumption or those
people suffering from intestinal gases. Except in these cases,
in general, they constitute a very appropriate food to protect
the stomach and to clean the bowels, by regulating the intestinal
flora, a action due to a component called erepsine.
Cucumbers for your skin health
, because their wealth in water, vitamin E and natural fats, are
one of the best remedies for the external care of the skin.
Applied externally on it , they contribute with all their fats
and water to soften and hydrate this organ, returning it all
the freshness and texture it has had been losing as a consequence
of the environmental aggressions caused by the action of free radicals. Being very antioxidant, they are very appropriate for skins that have suffered the consequences
of a prolonged exposure to the sun or in case of frostbite.
A good way to carry
out a softening cream after being in the sun for a long time
consists on crushing a couple of cucumbers with a blender and
extending the crushed pulp in form of cream on the red skin
during half an hour or so .
the emollient properties for the skin, it is necessary to mention
their cosmetic properties, so they can contribute to improve
and rejuvenate the skin resemblance. Their external application
on the skin reduces the wrinkles better than most of the most
expensive creams in the market. A very appropriate cosmetic
preparation to remove the wrinkles which , as stated in John
Heinerman's " Encyclopedia of vegetable Fruits and Herbs" is a simple remedy which Cleopatra, a famous queen in Egypt,
the ingredients with the blender. Cool during 30 minutes
in the refrigerator. Clean the face and the neck with
lemon and, without drying it , apply during one hour and
a half a mask on the face and the neck. Clean it with
milk cream, applying it in circular rubbings and allow
it to dry to the air.
of the very interesting applications of cucumbers is their capacity
to relax your tired eyes, to humidify and alleviate them
. The application of a couple of recently cut slices on the lids
is a good natural eyewash and a good solution to reduce the swelling
after a hard work day or long nightly party. This remedy can also be used to cure conjunctivitis , bags under the eyes, or to prevent cataracts.
Crushing a cucumber and applying the juice on a face spot can help to clear it.
They have traditionally been used to expel the intestinal worms
and tapeworms This remedy is carried out in form of purges
with mashed seeds mixed with sugar that should be taken before