Did you know that cucumbers were an anti-inflammatory? Yup, this is why cucumbers are suggested for tired or puffy eyes as a beauty treatment. They can also be used for irritated eyes during allergy season, and eaten to help the body deal with inflammation.
Many people enjoy juicing cucumbers for inflammation and this is an easy way to consume an entire cucumber without the jaw work. But I like to eat it throughout the day as a healthy, hydrating, and cooling snack. For eyes, simply slice a few rounds of cucumber and place them on the eyelids for relief. If you have little ones with itchy eyes, the juicy, chilly cucumber is a little too much for them to put on their eyelids. So I like to make a strong chamomile tea, dip a washcloth in lukewarm tea and gently pat the eyes.
If you have sensitive skin like me, the summer is a hard season to deal with. My skin doesn’t like most sunscreens and exposure to heat gets my face flaming. Here is a great use for cucumber. After a long day at the park, gently clean your face with a creamy cleanser (I like Avalon Organics: Lavender Facial Cleansing Milk). Then cut off a slice of refrigerated cucumber, peel and rub all over your poor red face. It feels soooooo good after a hot day! Moisturize as you would normally.
Another one of my favorite ways to use cucumber is to add it to a pitcher of ice water to make some fabulous spa water. It flavors the water slightly and adds a more cooling effect. You can also add some other scrumptious fruit like strawberries and lemons, yum! Perfect addition to a hot summer brunch or spa party. Water is so incredibly important during these hot months, so if water is getting boring, try to make some spa water! My kids love it too, always trying to catch a floating berry in their glass .
Here’s a quick little video from my favorite youtube series by Bulk Herb Store.