Cucumber seed oil is cold pressed from cucumber seeds. The botanical name for cucumber plants is Cucumis sativus. This is a fixed or non-volatile oil that is high in linoleic acid, oleaic acid and phytosterols. It can be applied to the skin without a carrier oil; however, cucumber oil is generally diluted to a strength of 3% to 5%.
This cooling oil is used to treat skin conditions, bacterial infections, respiratory infections, digestive tract problems, inflammation, edema, fever, constipation, arthritis, gout, obesity, hair loss and diabetes.
It has anthelmintic, antibacterial, anti-cancerous, anti-dandruff, antidote, anti-hyperlipidemic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti-stress, anti-ulcer, demulcent, diuretic, febrifuge, laxative, purgative and vermifuge therapeutic properties.
1. Alleviate Arthritis
Massage cucumber seed oil into inflamed, achy arthritis-afflicted joints to reduce the inflammation and swelling. A blend of 1/2 teaspoon of cucumber seed oil, 1/2 teaspoon of babassu, baobab or coconut oil and 2 to 4 drops of ylang ylang essential oil is very effective for treating arthritis and relieving pain.
2. Get Rid of Gout
Use the same cucumber seed oil blend to treat gout. The analgesic and anesthetic properties in ylang ylang will quickly alleviate pain while the anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties of cucumber seed oil reduce the inflammation and fluids that accumulate in the joints.
3. Reduce Inflammation
Apply a 2% cucumber seed oil/carrier oil blend to inflamed areas for relief. You can use a half and half mixture of cucumber seed oil and sweet almond oil for this purpose, too. Cucumber seed EO aromatherapy is also good for reducing inflammation. The oil has an earthy, herbaceous, light cucumber fragrance that most people enjoy.
4. Improve Digestion
Mix 10 drops of cucumber seed oil with 2 drops of peppermint essential oil. Massage the blend into your chest and abdomen to improve digestion. This is a very cooling blend. You can add 5 or 6 drops of the same blend to your diffuser and run it during mealtime for pleasant aromatherapy and enhanced digestion.
5. Soothe Ulcers
Use the same blend to soothe stomach ulcers and promote healing. You can apply this blend after each meal.
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6. Lower Blood Pressure
Massage cucumber seed oil into the chest, neck and shoulders to help lower your blood pressure. You can also mix cucumber seed oil and ylang ylang oil in equal parts and use it in the same way. Cucumber seed oil/ylang ylang oil aromatherapy is another way to lower your blood pressure. Simply add 5 to