Cucumber Cucumis sativus

The cucumber (Cucumis sativus) originated in South Asia but is now grown widely throughout the world. They have been cultivated for centuries and were reported to be grown as far back as the Roman Empire. They’re longevity has made them an important part of many national cuisines. Known for their anti-diabetic and antioxidant activity, cucumbers have a detoxifying effect on the entire body.

Cucumbers are a fantastic addition to any beauty regime. They have high water content and contain vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese and beta-carotene. They also contain powerful polyphenol compounds that can help naturally slow ageing caused by oxidative stress. Vitamin K helps reduce bruising and can even help prevent osteoporosis. The cooling effects of cucumbers can help soothe rashes, dryness, and redness associated with sun burns.