If we knew all of the properties contained within the peels and rinds of the fruits and vegetables we eat, we would never throw anything away!
Some are edible and others can just be thrown out. This article will explain some of the amazing uses for banana peels. You’ll think twice before ever throwing them away again.
Nutritional value of banana peels
Bananas are some of the most popular types of fruit in the world. They can be prepared in hundreds of different ways and kids love them.
What you may not know is that the peel is just as nutritious as the inside and provides plenty of iron, potassium, B vitamins, vitamins C and K. And as if that weren’t enough, they also contain good amounts of magnesium, fiber, antioxidants and copper.
For best results, try to choose only organic fruits to avoid exposing your body to harmful substances like pesticides and fertilizers used during cultivation.
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Banana peels: properties and uses
So you’ve been missing out on the benefits of banana peels all this time. But once you learn about their many properties, you’ll never think of tossing them in the trash again.
Improve intestinal health
If you suffer from constipation or other problems of the intestine, banana peels will provide you with all the fiber you need. Yes, you accomplish this by eating them. They’re not poison, and you won’t get sick.
Start by trying just a little. It will help improve your digestion and you can say goodbye to slow transit.
Take the inside of the peel and place it directly on your forehead or temples. Let work for several minutes. Use some gauze or tape to hold it in place.
Just sit back and let it do its job.
Protect your vision
To take advantage of this property, you’ll need to eat the peel. Their high beta-carotene content (which gives them their characteristic color) improves vision health. The vitamin A is really good for protecting the retina.
If your latest blood work is showing high cholesterol levels, start eating bananas – including the peels!
The peels have properties that flush fat from the arteries. They’re recommended for those with high blood pressure due to their high potassium content.
Treat skin problems
Have you ever had a horrible bruise from an injury? You can take advantage of the properties in a banana peel to treat bruises. Just place the inside of the peel into contact with the bruised area and wrap with a bandage. Let work all day.
If you suffer from psoriasis, we recommend using a banana peel to relieve the dryness and itching associated with this condition. Rub the inside of a banana peel on the affected area twice daily.
Banana peels are also useful if you have acne. If your skin is irritated and inflamed from acne, rub a banana peel on the affected area and rinse with warm water before going to bed each night.
Reduce the appearance of fine lines and warts
Banana peels are one of the best home remedies for fine lines and wrinkles. Consistency is key, however.
Every night before going to bed, rub the affected areas with the inside of a banana peel and let dry without rinsing. Your dermis will be left feeling soft and smooth.
If you have a wart that you would like to remove, you’ll want the skin of a green or light yellow banana. The enzymes will safely destroy the unsightly bump without hurting you.
Just rub the affected area gently with the inside of a banana peel. Repeat as many times as necessary.
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Improve your mood
Banana peels contain good amounts of tryptophan. This amino acid helps promote the production of serotonin, also known as the “happiness hormone”.
It helps regulate mood and if its levels get low enough, symptoms like depression and irritability can appear.
Eating two banana peels a day for three days in a row can increase your body’s serotonin levels by 16%.
Other applications and uses
In addition to the uses we’ve already mentioned, here are a few more ways you can take advantage of banana peels:
- Soothe the discomfort of insect bites (like mosquitoes and ants).
- Whiten your teeth.
- Reduce the appearance of scares.
- Remove dark marks from the skin.
- Strengthen your bones.
- Help the body absorb more calcium.
- Shine shoes.
- Polish silverware.
- Make better compost.
- Fertilize plants.
- Repel pest like rose aphids.
- Reduce rashes.
- Attract butterflies.
- Remove splinters from the skin.
- Polish the leaves of houseplants.
- Trap moths.