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, but along with the fruit, the peel is also of great value.
Banana peels are great for relieving the painfully distracting itch of bug bites. Massaging the raised bumps with the inside of a banana peel can provide immediate results. This remedy is also reported to work on rashes caused by poison ivy or poison oak.
Banana peels keep our stomach healthy and stools regular. Eating the peel along with the fruit, or adding the peel to a smoothie, is an easy way to stay regular.
Banana peels help whiten our teeth. A gentle rubbing of the inner side of the peel on our teeth every day for about two weeks would show the result naturally.
Banana peels take care of our skin. They contain a lot of antioxidants that are great for our skin. To minimize the look of lines and wrinkles, simply rub a banana peel directly on the affected areas and leave the sticky residue for about 30 minutes before washing your face. 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 psoraisis, eczema, and pimples.
Banana peels promote good sleep. 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 having a banana peel before bed can go a long way towards ensuring an uninterrupted and productive night’s sleep. The serotonin in banana peel can also keep your mood even all day.
Banana peels maintain our eye health. 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.
Banana peels keep cholesterol away. Soluble fiber reduces the absorption of cholesterol into our bloodstream by binding with it in your intestines. Therefore, the cholesterol passes out of our body in waste rather than stays behind to clog up your arteries.
Banana peels help heal warts. 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. We can get faster results if you trim off the dead layer of wart each evening before applying new banana peel.
Banana peels give a shiny look to old things. 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 afterwards to achieve a brilliant shine.