The cooling and cleansing properties of cucumber can
help to clear inflammatory skin conditions such as
eczema as well as inflammatory eye problems. Helpful
in bladder infections, such as cystitis, for flusing out
bacteria which may adhere to bladder walls. It also
aids fluid retention and helps to prevent formation of
stones and gravel. Cucumber makes a good remedy
for arthritis and gout. The sterols contained in
cucumber are thought to lower harmful cholesterol in
The best source of vitamin E (in the seeds). Some vitamins A and C Potassium.
It is also a valuable source of sodium, magnesium, sulfur, silicon, chlorine and fluorine. The cucumber taken with vegetables, cereals, fruits, nuts and salads enhances the nutritional value of food items.
The cucumber is a dependable laxative food. It supplies bulk to aid bowel action. Those who suffer from constipation can greatly benefit by taking two cucumbers a day.
The juice of the cucumber is a valuable food medicine in the treatment of hyperacidity, gastric and duodenal ulcers. It should be taken in doses of four to six ounces every two hours in such conditions. Sufficient juice can be extracted from a cucumber as it contains 96 per cent water. It gives immediate relief when there is a burning sensation in the stomach.
Cucumber seeds are rich in potassium. Emulsion of the shelled seeds has been found highly beneficial in tile treatment of burning sensation in urinary calculi or stone in persons who are predisposed to-such disorders. Emulsion of the shelled seeds, mixed with curd, is useful in dissolving the gravel in urinary tract and in reducing hyperacidity of the urine. I
Cucumber juice has proved effective in skin eruption: For better results, juice of carrot, lettuce should be added to this juice. Further, addition of little alfalfa juice in some cases can help to speed up their efficacy.
Grated cucumber applied over face, eyes and neck for 15 to 20 minutes has been found effective as a beauty aid and a best tonic for the skin of the face. Its regular use prevents pimples, blackheads, wrinkles and dryness of the face. Cucumber juice promotes hair growth due to its high silicon and sulfur content, particularly when mixed with carrot, lettuce and spinach juice.