Bananas are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat, being loaded with protein, fiber, vitamins A, B6, and C, potassium, manganese, magnesium, folate, riboflavin, niacin, and iron. They are also more or less perfectly portioned and easy to grab-and-go. Bananas are delicious on their own, but nicely augment cereal, fruit salad, and even ice cream.
But we’re not here today to talk about the banana fruit, but rather its peel. The most prevalent thing we do with the banana peel is to throw it away. Howbeit, there are dozens of benefits that banana peel entices. Generally discarded as trash, banana peels are actually edible and provide a whole assortment of added health benefits. Surprised? It turns out, people use banana peels to improve digestion, lower cholesterol, heal common skin problems and for several other household uses.
You can both eat your banana peel and apply it topically to see the benefits. At least one potential application has nothing to do with your body at all.
One thing is for sure, you will stop throwing this valuable peel in the trash after you discover all the incredible things they can offer. Number #5 can honestly improve everything about your life (no pun intended).
It Stops Itching
Starting off with a topical benefit, banana peels are great for relieving the painfully distracting itch of bug bites. Banana peel is an excellent solution for itchy and burnt skin. Banana peel has histamine lowering content, that helps in relaxing the skin. Massaging the raised bumps with the inside of a banana peel can provide instant outcomes. This remedy is also reported to work on rashes caused by poison ivy or poison oak. Magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E present in the banana peel eases the itching and rashes caused by mosquitos bites and insects.
Science hasn’t figured out why it works, but you can’t argue with results. People who have tried it report that one application relieves itching all day.
We don’t like to talk about it much, but skipping a daily bowel movement can be quite uncomfortable. One of the best ways to stay regular is to make sure you get enough fiber in your diet. While the banana fruit contains a fair amount of fiber, the peel itself is positively jam-packed. Eating the peel along with the fruit, or adding the peel to a smoothie, is an easy way to stay regular with your bowel movements. If you can’t bring yourself to eat the whole peel, you can scrape out as much of the inside of the peel as possible and just eat that.
Fiber present in the banana has been claimed to prevent and relieve constipation. Eating a ripened banana along with the peel in moderation helps in regular bowel movements and relieves constipation.
Whiten Your Teeth
There are lots of expensive ways to whiten teeth, and a lot of them use harsh bleaching agents that can actually wear away your enamel. This weakens teeth and can cause sensitivity. But guess what? Banana peel can whiten teeth naturally and gently. Banana peels are rich in potassium, that aid alleviates yellow stains and discoloration from the teeth.
You don’t even have to chew the peel, but rather rub the inner side of your teeth every day for about two weeks. Results should start to show up after a handful of treatments.
Improve the Quality of Your Skin
Banana peels contain a lot of antioxidants that are great for your skin. To minimize the look of lines and wrinkles, simply rub banana peel directly on the affected areas and leave the sticky residue for about 30 minutes before washing your face.
Banana peels also contain esterified fatty acids, which are even present in many lotions. With the ability to drastically reduce skin inflammation, swelling, redness, and scars from the skin, banana peel works way better than any creams or lotions.
For all-over moisturizing, mash the peel into a paste, stir in one egg yolk, and spread the mixture evenly over your face and/or neck. Leave it for 5 minutes and then wash it off. The same treatment is also good for psoriasis, eczema, and pimples.
Get Better Sleep
Bananas can help induce sleep as they contain muscle relaxants such as magnesium and potassium. They are overall health promoters.
Tryptophan is a natural chemical that supports the quality of sleep. Serotonin is a feel-good chemical that helps you relax. Banana peel has a good amount of both. So downing a banana peel before bed can go a long way towards ensuring an uninterrupted and productive night’s sleep. The serotonin in the banana peel can also keep your mood all day long.
Of course, the benefit is reduced if you are made anxious by the idea of eating the peel. So again, scraping the inside or adding the peel to a smoothie can help that medicine go down.
Improve Eye Health
Eating a banana every day helps boost eyes’ health and prevent vision-related ailments. Studies reported that banana and its peel contain carotenoid which turns itself into Vitamin A, which in turn is excellent for vision. The element of banana skin that especially helps the eyes is called lutein. This is a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize damaging free radicals as well as shield eyes from harmful UV radiation delivered by the sun.
Getting enough lutein on a daily basis has been shown to reduce the risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration as we age. Keep the banana peel on the eyelids for at least 15 minutes and stay relaxed keeping your eyes close.
Banana peels are full of soluble and insoluble fibers, in fact; studies show that banana peel contains more fiber than that present in the banana itself. It is fiber once again that can lower your cholesterol levels, which is critical to maintaining a healthy heart and preventing cardiovascular diseases. Banana peel contains more soluble fiber than the fruit itself, so throwing away the peel wastes a valuable opportunity to bump your intake.
Soluble fiber reduces the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream by binding with it in your intestines. Therefore, the cholesterol passes out of your body in waste rather than stays behind to clog up your arteries.
Warts are a small fleshy bump or blister with a rough texture that can appear anywhere in the body. Warts can be a bit painful, but more than that, they are unsightly and embarrassing. The conventional approach to removing warts involves harsh acidic chemicals followed up by an agonizing freezing treatment at the doctor’s office.
A gentler way is to press a piece of banana peel to the wart, sticky side down, and secure it with an adhesive bandage. Leave it overnight and repeat the process nightly until the wart falls off. You can get faster results if you trim off the dead layer of wart each evening before applying the new banana peel.
Polish Your Valuables
And finally, here is a use for a banana peel that doesn’t involve eating it or putting it on your body. You can actually rub a banana peel on shoes, leather, and silver articles to clean them up and make them shine.
It’s the potassium content that makes peels good for this. Simply wipe the inner side of the peel all over the surface you want to polish and buff afterward to achieve a brilliant shine.
When your silver begins to lose its luster or lose its tarnish, you can use a banana peel. The potassium in the inside of the banana peel contains potassium that helps clean metals.
Rub your metals with the paste of the banana peel for a few minutes to get a shiny bright metal.
Banana peel to your compost is a great fertilizer. Burying banana peels under soil makes the nutrients like calcium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphate, potassium and so on available to the plants.
Banana peels quickly break down into compost allowing these nutrients to get absorbed in the plants for better growth. So next time, after enjoying the banana snack make sure to add the peel to the compost or directly under the soil.
With the help of the banana peel, you can get acne and wrinkle-free skin. Banana peel helps restore skin elasticity and firmness and assist fighting fine lines and blemishes.
Rub the inside of the banana peel on the face before hitting the bed every night to get a glowing, smooth and firm skin. The antioxidants and Vitamin C present in the banana and its peel help reduce the appearance of the wrinkles.
Note that it is well worth using the banana peel, but there are a few things to remember. The first is that while we usually don’t wash bananas before eating them if you are going to eat the peel, it’s important to give it a good rinse first. Unless organic, bananas are sprayed with pesticides during their growth cycle.
Next, there are a few ways to eat banana peel rather than straight and raw (which is totally fine, too). You can put your peel through a juicer or blend it into a mixed fruit smoothie. Some folks find that boiling the banana peel for about 10 minutes creates a more appealing texture. But as we have mentioned, you can also simply scrape out the inside meat of the peel to get some of the benefits.
However you eat it or use it, banana peels don’t save very well. Once removed from the fruit, they blacken pretty quickly. It’s best to prepare and consume that banana peel right away. So how are you going to use yours?