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29 Jan 2010 12:00 AM by Irene&Alan Star rating in Formentera del Segur.... 703 posts Send private message

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Did you know that the cucumber is multi-talented......?

 

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.

2. 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 aluminium to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.
 
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 slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. 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 taps, 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 clean. 

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!!

Interesting?

Irene





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29 Jan 2010 11:05 PM by Sunrise Star rating in UK. 417 posts Send private message

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Great post Irene! Didn't know a vegetable could do so much! 



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29 Jan 2010 11:05 PM by Sunrise Star rating in UK. 417 posts Send private message

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Great post Irene! Didn't know a vegetable could do so much! 



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30 Jan 2010 1:30 AM by irenemontague Star rating in liverpool/carvajal . 795 posts Send private message

Hi irene great post could not stop laughing,so when i am in spain i will never buy wd40 again and tonight i went shoping and bought one  irene





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30 Jan 2010 3:05 PM by goodstich44 Star rating in northampton. 1648 posts Send private message

Irene&Alan

don't tell me.........you've started a cucumber farm!   www.ilovecucumber .com

There is one use for them you haven't mentioned, and you don't even have to cut them up!!





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30 Jan 2010 10:30 PM by Patty_1 Star rating in Hertfordshire. UK. .... 1062 posts Send private message

Hi Irene,

That was interesting, will it stop squirrel's eating our nut's?  Have tried everything that is  squirrel  proof. even the chillies and powder which I read about in Spain, the English squirrel's have not heard of it does not bother them.



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31 Jan 2010 9:25 PM by Irene&Alan Star rating in Formentera del Segur.... 703 posts Send private message

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Goodstitch... please explain. I don't understand what you mean.

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01 Feb 2010 10:24 AM by goodstich44 Star rating in northampton. 1648 posts Send private message

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......of course. If you had an attempted robbery, you could use it as a truncheon!!





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01 Feb 2010 1:46 PM by Irene&Alan Star rating in Formentera del Segur.... 703 posts Send private message

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nobody likes a smart****!!!

I thought you got out of that one remarkably well.

Irene





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01 Feb 2010 1:59 PM by goodstich44 Star rating in northampton. 1648 posts Send private message

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