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 6 drops of the blend to your diffuser and run it for 30 to 60 minutes.
*Apply a small amount of cucumber seed oil to an inconspicuous area and wait for at least a few hours to see if you get a reaction before you begin using it all over.*
7. Reduce Cholesterol Levels
Cucumber seed extract has been proven to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. You can take 1 drop of cucumber seed oil orally each day for this benefit. A clinical study showed that 500 mg of cucumber seed extract once a day had positive results. You should not take 500 mg of cucumber oil, though. That is roughly equal to 10 drops. Just 1 drop per day in water or a vege cap taken with the biggest meal of the day should help. The phytosterols in cucumber seed oil block the absorption of cholesterol. Make sure you are getting 100% pure, organic cucumber seed oil, if you are going to ingest it.
8. Stabilize Glucose Levels
Massage cucumber oil into your upper abdomen to help control diabetes. It naturally encourages insulin secretion from the pancreas. You can also add 5 to 6 drops of cucumber seed oil to 1/2 to 1 cup of your liquid body wash for this benefit.
9. Soothe Sunburns
Gently, apply cucumber seed oil to sunburned skin. Its phytosterols and fatty acids can help repair the skins lipid barrier. It will also provide quick, cooling relief. If the skin is too sensitive to touch, mix up a cooling spray with aloe vera juice, cucumber seed oil (instead of coconut oil), lavender oil and peppermint oil.
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10. Treat Psoriasis and Eczema
Apply cucumber seed oil to patches of psoriasis and eczema to reduce inflammation, speed healing and get cooling relief. You can add 1 to 2 drops of frankincense essential oil to 1 teaspoon of cucumber seed oil to make the blend more effective.
11. Treat or Prevent Bacterial Infection
Put straight cucumber seed oil on wounds and sores to help prevent or treat bacterial infections. Wash and dry the wound then simply drip the oil right onto it. Cucumber seed oil will kill bacteria and reduce inflammation. You can reapply it several times a day. In order to reduce pain, add 2 to 3 drops of ylang ylang per teaspoon of cucumber seed oil. Its analgesic and anesthetic properties will quickly relieve the pain.
12. Clear Up Acne
Add 2 to 3 drops of ylang ylang essential oil to 1 teaspoon of cucumber seed oil and use it to get rid of acne. Their natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and sebum-controlling therapeutic properties will quickly heal the acne and help prevent future breakouts.
13. Get Rid of Dark Circles
Lightly, apply cucumber seed oil along the top of the cheekbones to reduce dark circles and puffiness. Do not apply it to your eyelids. You can apply it to your eyebrows to help reduce upper eyelid puffiness. For even better results, add 1 drop of frankincense essential oil and 1 drop of neroli essential oil to 1/2 teaspoon of cucumber seed oil and 1/2 teaspoon of rose hip seed oil. This combination will naturally reduce the swelling, smooth wrinkles and improve the skin’s elasticity.
*Don’t put cucumber seed EO, or any oil, on your eyelids. It will gradually work its way into your eyes. Instead, dab it around the eye socket. The oil will be absorbed into the skin around the eye and the eyelids.*
14. Improve Skin’s Overall Condition
Moisturize once or twice a day with a 1% to 2% cucumber seed oil blend to improve skin’s elasticity and overall health and appearance. You can blend 1 drop of cucumber seed EO with 1 to 2 drops of rose essential oil, carrot seed essential oil, orange essential oil or ylang ylang essential oil for an even better skin-improving blend. Argan oil is a nice carrier oil for this purpose. Rosehip seed oil is a little lighter than argan and jojoba is a little heavier. Both are great for improving the skin. They also help regulate the skin’s sebum production, which can be especially helpful for young, acne-prone skin and mature, dry skin.
15. Get Rid of Cellulite
Massage a cucumber seed oil blend into the thighs, buttocks, abdomen and anywhere else that has unsightly cellulite to get rid of it. A good blend for this use contains 4 drops of cucumber seed and carrot seed oil, 3 drops of celery seed oil and 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil. Use this blend once a day until the cellulite dissolves.
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16. Fight Free Radical Damage
Apply a 2% to 3% cucumber seed/carrier oil blend to the skin to reduce free radical damage. It is high in antioxidants that naturally scavenge free radicals that we all accumulate throughout the day.
17. Get Rid of Dandruff and Itchy Scalp
Mix 2 drops of rosemary essential oil and 2 drops of Brahmi oil into 1 teaspoon of cucumber seed oil. Lightly, massage the oil into your scalp 1 to 2 hours before washing your hair and wrap a towel around your head or put on a shower cap. Wash your hair as usual. This blend will also help prevent hair loss. Rosemary essential oil has astringent properties that tighten the skin around the hair follicles. You will lose less hair when you wash it. You can also add 5 to 6 drops of cucumber seed oil to 1/4 to 1/2 cup of your favorite shampoo. Its natural anti-dandruff therapeutic properties will turn it into dandruff shampoo.
18. Prevent or Treat Skin Cancer
Use a 2% cucumber seed blend every day to prevent or treat skin cancer. Its natural anti-cancerous and antioxidant therapeutic properties naturally fight skin cancer. If you are undergoing treatment, consult with your physician before using any oils.
19. Help Prevent Other Types of Cancer
The antioxidants and natural anti-cancerous properties in cucumber seed oil help prevent breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer. A 2% cucumber seed blend can be applied daily for these benefits.
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Was this list helpful to you? I knew about the health benefits of cucumbers, but I never realized the oil made from their seeds had this many great therapeutic benefits. This oil hasn’t gotten a lot of attention in the realm of clinical studies, although there is plenty of anecdotal evidence of its efficacy.
One of the greatest things about this oil is that it has all of these benefits but isn’t a volatile oil. You can use it full strength without worrying about skin irritation. It can also be put in the diffuser for room-freshening aromatherapy. You can get it for about the same price as Argan oil, too.
Please leave a comment to let me know if this list is helpful and share your own personal experiences. We can all learn from each other and continue to add to the on-going list of cucumber seed oil’s great uses. Be sure to share, too, so that others can become aware of all the uses for this oil.
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