Health Benefits of Cucumber
Cucumber is mostly made up of water - 96% to be precise. You’ve probably been told it’s good for your skin? Well, today you’re going to find out why, because we’re talking cucumbers!
This beautiful fruit not only aids in flushing out toxins, but will give you a boost with all the vitamins it contains. With immunity strengthening properties, it also boosts your energy and keeps you looking fresh and radiant.
I remember watching ‘Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead’ as a teenager. That moment Rose tells Sue-Ellen “every girl needs a cucumber in the house”: she wasn’t wrong! Try placing cucumber slices (chilled of course) on your eyes - it really helps reduce eye bags and puffiness.
Studies have shown that regular use of cucumber can not only dissolve kidney stones, but it has cancer fighting properties too. It’s also good for easing muscle and joint pain, aids digestion, is good for diabetics and lowers cholesterol. As well as monthly face masks (when cucumber is a must) I love eating cucumber, most especially in cucumber soup. Here’s a fabulously refreshing recipe for you to try at home.
60 g unsalted butter
1.5 litres organic chicken stock
½ a bunch of fresh chives
½ a bunch of fresh parsley
200 ml single cream
Peel and dice the onion and roughly chop the cucumbers.
Melt the butter in a large pan and sauté the onions over a medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes, or until softened.
Add the cucumber, reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
Add the stock, bring to the boil then reduce the heat again. Season well with sea salt and black pepper, and leave to simmer for 5 minutes.
Chop and add the chives and parsley leaves, squeeze in the lemon juice and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Transfer to a blender and purée until smooth (in batches, if necessary).
Place the soup in a bowl, allow to cool at room temperature, then refrigerate until cold.
Whisk in the cream, season to taste, then serve.
Hope you enjoy this as much as we did!
*recipe from Jamie Magazine