Cucumber Seed Oil: An Introduction

Cucumber Seed Oil: An Introduction

Cucumber Seed oil (Cucumis sativus) is extracted from cucumber seeds through cold-pressed extraction. This process yields less oil than methods using heat, but heat can degrade the oil’s properties, according to  As with the cucumber itself, the oil is great for use on skin. It contains a variety of skin enhancing nutrients which include, phytosterols, tacopherols, oleic and linoleic acids, vitamin B1 and vitamin C, Sodium, Fluorine, Potassium, and Magnesium.” (3)

“Phytosterols and tacopherols are known to help restore the skins moisture levels, helping to nourish dry skin. The process of skin regeneration is also assisted by these two compounds. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant which can fight the damage caused by free radicals. Premature aging of the skin can often be the result of free radicals, however, cucumber oil, with its high vitamin C content, can help prevent, and indeed alleviate, signs of aging skin caused by free radical damage.” (3)


Cucumber oil for dry skin, psoriasis, eczema and acne breakouts.

“Oleic and linoleic acids, sometimes referred to as omega 6, have anti inflammatory properties and help treat and reduce acne and breakouts. Omega 6 also has moisture retaining properties which can be particularly effective for treating psoriasis and eczema. In fact, both individually and collectively, the compounds contained in cucumber oil can help those suffering from such skin complaints by restoring optimal levels of moisture, reducing inflammation where the skin is irritated, accelerating the process of skin regeneration and helping to prevent premature aging.” (3)

Cucumber seed oil can also be used on the scalp. Many psoriasis and eczema sufferers will also experience outbreaks in the scalp area. A couple of drops of cucumber oil can be massaged into the scalp to help keep symptoms under control. In addition, those who have brittle nails will also benefit from using this oil.” (3)

Cosmetic Uses

“Cucumber including cucumber seeds and cucumber fruit is excellent for rubbing over the skin to keep it soft and white. Cucumber fruit is cooling, healing and soothing to an irritated skin, whether caused by sun, or the effects of a cutaneous eruption, and Cucumber plant juice is in great demand in various forms as a cooling and beautifying agent for the skin. Cucumber fruit has soothing effects on the skin and improves moisture retention. Cucumber soap is used by many women, and a Cucumber wash applied to the skin after exposure to keen winds is extremely beneficial.” (2)

“Another benefit of cucumber seed oil includes the properties of building elasticity of naturallly curly  hair, keeping it strong and preventing annoying breakage caused by weak, chemical and/or heat damaged hair.  The natural silica in the cucumber seed encourages new hair growth and helps to reduce the chances of hair loss.  Cucumber Seed oil can also help with healing of many illnesses including lung, stomach, and chest problems, gout, arthritis, and tapeworms.” (2)


Cucumber essential oil is used in aromatherapy for its cooling and moisturizing properties. The oil has a fresh, light scent. Cucumber oil can be utilized as a facial moisturizer, cleanser or stress reliever when massaged on the body. It cools the body when dabbed on the temples, reduces eye puffiness and can be eaten on salads to promote skin health.” (4)

“Cucumbers have a long history of use as an astringent to tighten the pores, cool sunburn and soothe acne.  Cucumbers are used in facial cleansers, moisturizers and masks. Most preparations combine cucumbers with another astringent, such as rose water or lemon juice, but cucumbers and cucumber seed oil can be used alone.” (4)

Cucumber oil has emollient properties and is used in soap, masks, facials, body and massage oils, creams and lotions, and hair products. The oleic and linoleic acids in cucumber oil can be effective at treating dry skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and sunburned skin. Cucumber oil also revitalizes dry or damaged skin.” (4)

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I will have an article published on how to use Cucumber Seed oil in the next couple of weeks. I am trying out a few recipes first to see how they do. But I can say this is a delightful oil! It has the consistency of Sandalwood and has the delicious scent of fresh, crisp cucumbers. It makes me want to go eat a salad. 


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