Benefits of cucumber hydrosol
Cucumbers are part of the gourd family along with melons, pumpkins, and zucchini. They are between 95-97% water making them a good choice for hydrodistillation. The hydrosol has a refreshing and uplifting aroma. The scent smells beneficial for body and mind.
The best use of cucumber hydrosol is to mist your skin prior to moisturizing. See below of the plentitude benefits of cucumber for skin.
For a wonderfully cooling combination, blend organic cucumber hydrosol with aloe vera gel and use as a facial toner or mist.
- Cooling spritzer for body and face
- Great for eye compress for tired, irritated eyes
- Minor burns (with aloe vera gel)
- Soothes bug bites, itchiness, inflammation, and irritation
- Great as an aftershave spray
This hydrosol is excellent added to your water, it adds a ‘botanical burst of joy’ to my water! The nutritional value of the cucumber distills into the hydrosol influencing our physiology. Here are some guidelines:
- Add 1⁄2 to 1 tablespoon of hydrosol to a liter of water to enjoy through the day, or about a teaspoon to a cup of water.
- Make ice cubes with a hydrosol and add one cube to a drink of your choice
- Add a teaspoon to a cup of tea or herbal tisane
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THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF CUCUMBER
Most cucumbers are about 97% water, meaning they are rich in structured water. and nutrients such as potassium, vitamins K1 (which helps with blood clotting and bone health), A and C, vitamin B2, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus. They contain a small amount of protein, about .3g per half cup. And they are rich in antioxidants including beta-carotene, and flavonoids which reduce inflammation and protect against disease.
Cucurbitacin C contained in cucumber has the effect of improving human immune function and displaying anti-cancer properties for a number of various cancers. It is also anti-diabetic, and cardio protective.
And cucumbers can keep you cool as a cucumber … Cucurbitacins diminished the (3)H- cortisol binding capabilities therefore reducing stress.
The seeds of cucumbers are good for digestion. They reduce digestive (and respiratory) muscle contractions by blocking certain calcium channels. The compounds in the seeds that are responsible for this effect are kaempferol, quercetin, narcissin, and orientin, flavonoids with antioxidant capabilities.
In particular, cucumber seeds play a role in treating myocardial and vascular disorders through dilating endothelium cells (by increasing the availability of nitric oxide), energy generation, and antioxidant capacity. Cucumber seeds have a long history with Ayurveda for reducing inflammation and oxidative stress.
The propylene glycol contained in cucumber can inhibit the conversion of sugars into fat. The cellulose in cucumber has an effect on promoting the elimination of putrefactive substances in the human intestines and reducing cholesterol.
THE SKINCARE EFFECTS OF CUCUMBER
- Improve skin texture
- Cucumber hydrosol contains a lot of vitamins which are good for the skin. Use daily as a facial mist prior to moisturizing. Cucumber hydrosol is also a good choice to mix with clay and make a facial mask. It makes the skin smoother and more elastic.
- Hydration: Cucumber hydrosol is an excellent hydrating agent, making it a good choice for dry or dehydrated skin. Its water-based nature helps replenish moisture levels, making your skin supple and revitalized.
- Soothing and Calming: Cucumbers are cooling. If you have sensitive or irritated skin, cucumber hydrosol can provide relief. Its gentle and cooling properties help soothe inflammation and reduce redness.
- Balancing: All hydrosols have a natural astringent effect, this makes cucumber hydrosol also beneficial for oily or acne-prone skin. It helps regulate sebum production, minimize pores, and promote a balanced complexion.
- Anti-Aging: Cucumber hydrosol contains plentiful antioxidants that help combat oxidative stress, which contributes to premature aging. Regular use of cucumber hydrosol may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and promote a youthful-looking complexion.
Isn’t that just cool as a cucumber???
How to use hydrosols?
#1 mist face and body prior to oil or moisturizer. This helps your oil to seal the moisture into your skin.
- Need to uplift your mood? Use grapefruit hydrosol.
- Want to brighten your skin or balance your hormones? Use rose geranium hydrosol.
- Facial toner try lemongrass
- Working on a big project, school, or learning and remembering something? use rosemary hydrosol.
- Feeling a little congested? Try the red bottlebrush (eucalyptus) hydrosol.
- Have a little cut or scrape? Use yarrow hydrosol
Use as a toner, pour a little on an organic cotton pad or ball. Or blend 2 different hydrosols and add a little aloe vera or witch hazel hydrosol and make a toner. I offer these here.
Add 1 tsp to a litre of water and enjoy.
Air spritzer – works great in the bathroom
I gargle with hydrosols! My favorite to gargle with is rose geranium.
Eye Pads – soak a cotton pad in hydrosol and lay one on each eye — this is nice when the hydrosol is chilled.
Eye infections, of any type that I’ve experienced have been nipped in the bud many times by me spraying one of my hydrosols on at the first sign of any symptoms.
Poison Ivy – I have found hydrosol helpful at receiving itch from poison ivy — specifically rose, chamomile, and peppermint, used singly.
Spray on a cut or wound to aid in healing and cleaning.
Compresses – after you heat the water and wet your cloth, wring it out, then add a few spritzes of hydrosol.
Use in your clay mask recipe – after applying mask spritz your face with a hydrosol to keep your mask from drying out too quickly.
Add up to 1 tsp to your neti pot water
Use 1 cup in a foot bath or hand bath
Add 1-2 cups to your bath (not very practical for most, but if you happen to have an abundance of a certain hydrosol).
I use hydrosols in all my lotions that I make.
In the laundry you can dampen a washcloth with hydrosol and put in dryer to help freshen stale or stinky clothing.
Freeze it in ice cube trays and use in iced tea.
You can even cook with them, they can add nice flavor when some of the water for rice is substituted with hydrosol.
Try soaking nuts in a tasty hydrosol like grapefruit
Lemongrass hydrosol is good in soups, especially Thai lemongrass soups.