Bananas are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat because they are rich in protein, fibre, vitamins A, B6 and C, potassium, manganese, magnesium, folate, riboflavin, niacin and iron. They are also more or less perfectly measured and easy to grasp and take away. Bananas are delicious as such, but they add well to cereals, fruit salad and even ice cream.
But we are not here today to talk about the fruit of the banana, but rather about its skin. Usually thrown in the garbage, banana peels are actually edible and offer a full range of additional health benefits. Surprised? It appears that people use banana peels to improve digestion, reduce cholesterol and cure common skin problems.
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.
One thing is certain: you will stop throwing these precious packaging away after discovering all the incredible things they can do. Advantage #5 can honestly improve everything in your life!
Stop the itching
Starting with a topical advantage, banana peels are perfect for relieving the painful and distracting itching of insect bites. Massaging the raised bumps with the inside of a banana peel can give instant results. This remedy would also act on rashes caused by poison ivy or poison sumac or poison oak.
Science has not yet understood why this works, but the results cannot be disputed. People who have tried it report that a single application relieves itching all day long
We don’t like to talk about it much, but skipping a daily bowel movement can be very uncomfortable. One of the best ways to stay regular is to make sure you have enough fibre in your diet. While banana fruit contains a good amount of fibre, the skin itself is positively packed with jam.
Eating the bark along with the fruit, or adding the bark to a smoothie, is an easy way to stay regular. If you can’t bring yourself to eat the whole skin, you can scratch the inside of the skin as much as possible and just eat it.
Whitening your teeth
There are many expensive ways to whiten teeth, and many use aggressive whitening agents that can actually wear out the enamel. This weakens the teeth and can cause sensitivity. But guess what? Banana peel can whiten teeth naturally and gently thanks to its potassium content.
You don’t even need to chew the skin, but rather rub the inside of your teeth every day for about two weeks. The results should start to appear after a handful of treatments.
Improve the quality of your skin
Banana peels contain many antioxidants that are excellent for your skin. To minimize the appearance of fine 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 complete hydration, crush the skin into a paste, add egg yolk while stirring and spread the mixture evenly over the face and/or neck. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse. The same treatment is also good for psoriasis, eczema and pimples.
Tryptophan is a natural chemical that promotes quality sleep. Serotonin is a chemical that helps you feel good and relax. Banana peel contains a good amount of both. For example, swallowing a banana peel before going to bed can go a long way to ensuring an uninterrupted and productive night’s sleep. Serotonin in banana peel can also keep you in a good mood all day long.
Of course, the benefit is reduced if you are anxious about eating the skin, so again, scratching the inside or adding the skin to a smoothie can help to lower this medication.
Improve eye health
The element of banana peel that particularly helps the eyes is called lutein. It is a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize harmful free radicals and protect the eyes from harmful UV rays emitted by the sun.
It has been shown that adequate daily intake of lutein reduces the risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration with age.