Bananas are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat, as they contain protein, fiber, vitamins A, B6 and C, potassium, manganese, magnesium, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin and iron.
And they are more or less ideally compartmentalized and easy to take with you. Bananas are great on their own, but they make great additions to cereal, fruit salads, and even ice cream.
But today we are not here to talk about the banana fruit but rather its peel. Banana peels, which are usually thrown away, are actually edible and offer many other health benefits. Surprised? As it turns out, people use bananas to improve digestion, lower cholesterol, and treat common skin problems.
You can eat a banana peel and apply it topically to see the benefits. At least one possible application has nothing to do with your body.
One thing’s for sure, you won’t be throwing those precious wrappers in the trash once you realize all the amazing things they can do. Benefits #5 can really improve everything in your life!
- Stop itching
Banana peel is an excellent reliever of painful itching caused by insect bites. Rubbing the bumps on the inside of a banana peel can produce immediate results. It has also been reported to have an effect on rashes caused by poison ivy or poison oak.
Science has yet to figure out why it works, but you can’t deny the results. People who have tried it say that one use cleans the skin quickly throughout the day.
- Be regular
We don’t like to talk about it much, but skipping a bowel movement every day can be quite uncomfortable. One of the best ways to stay regular is to make sure you’re getting enough fiber in your diet. Although the banana fruit contains a fair amount of fiber, the peel itself is full of jam.
Eating peels with fruit or adding peels to smoothies is an easy way to stay regular. If you can’t eat the whole casing, you can scrape off as much of the casing as you can and eat it.
- Label your teeth
There are many expensive teeth whitening methods, many of which use strong bleaching agents that can wear down enamel. This weakens the teeth and can cause sensitivity. But you know what? Banana peel can whiten teeth naturally and gently due to its potassium content.
You don’t even have to eat the peel, and the inside is best rubbed into your teeth every day for about two weeks. Results should start to show after a few treatments.
- Improve the quality of your skin
Banana peel contains many antioxidants that are good for your skin. Minimize lines and wrinkles by rubbing the affected areas with a banana peel and leaving the sticky residue on for about 30 minutes before rinsing off.
For general moisturizing, grind the peel into a paste, add one egg yolk and spread the mixture evenly on the face and/or neck. Leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse off. This same treatment is also good for psoriasis, eczema and acne.
- Better to spit
Tryptophan is a natural chemical that supports quality sleep. Serotonin is a feel-good chemical that helps you relax. A banana peel has a good amount of both. Thus, by eating a banana peel before going to bed, you can offer yourself an uninterrupted and productive night’s sleep. Serotonin contained in bananas can also keep your mood good even during the day.
Of course, the benefit is reduced if the thought of eating the peel disturbs you, so again, scraping the inside or adding the peel to a smoothie can help reduce the dose of the medicine.
- Improve eye health
A particularly good element for the eyes in the banana peel is called lutein. It is a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize harmful free radicals and protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
Eating enough lutein daily has been shown to reduce the risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration with age.
- Cholesterol reduction
Again, fiber can lower cholesterol, which is critical for maintaining heart health. The peel of a banana contains more insoluble fiber than the fruit itself, so cutting the peel is a valuable opportunity to increase your intake.
Soluble fiber reduces the absorption of cholesterol into the blood by binding to it in the intestines. Thus, cholesterol leaves your body as waste, and what’s left clogs your arteries.
- Destroy warts
Warts can be a bit painful, but they are also unsightly and unpleasant. The traditional approach to wart removal involves the use of harsh acids.
warts every night before applying a new banana peel.
And finally, here’s a banana peel use that doesn’t involve eating it or applying it to the body. In fact, you can rub banana peels on shoes, leather, and silverware to clean them and give them a shine. The potassium content makes the peel suitable for this. Simply rub the inside of the shell over the entire surface to be polished, then buff to a brilliant shine.
The banana peel should be used when the banana itself is gone, but there are a few things to remember. First, although we don’t usually wash bananas before eating, if you’re going to eat the peel, it’s important to rinse it well first. If bananas are not organic, they are sprayed with pesticides during the growing cycle.
Next, there are several ways to eat banana peels, not just raw (which is also perfectly normal). You can run the peel through a juicer or blend it into a smoothie. Some people find that boiling the banana peel for about 10 minutes creates a more appealing texture. But as we mentioned, you can also simply scrape off the inside of the shell to get some benefits.
No matter how you eat or use it, banana peels don’t keep very well. After removing from the fruit, they quickly turn black. Banana peel is best prepared and consumed immediately. So how are you going to use yours?