Bananas are among the most widely consumed fruits on the planet and one of Americans’ favorite fresh fruit. Bananas are extremely high in potassium and pectin, a form of fiber. Bananas are also high in antioxidants, which can provide protection from free radicals.
Bananas are known to reduce swelling, protect against developing type-2 diabetes, aid in weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and help with production of white blood cells, all due to the high level of vitamin B6 that bananas contain. Bananas also combat depression, make you smarter, cure hangovers, relieve morning sickness, protect against kidney cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and blindness. They can cure the itch of a mosquito bite and put a great shine on your shoes. However, most people just worry about what the actual fruit can do for them and immediately trash the peeling.
Banana peels are packed with nutrients. Banana peels are eaten in many parts of the world. The peel, just like the fruit itself, contains high amounts magnesium, potassium, fiber and protein as well as vitamin B6 and B12. Banana peels also contain bioactive compounds like polyphenols and carotenoids, among others. One important note about the peel, unlike the fruit the peel typically is sprayed with some sort of pesticide, so it is best to buy fresh, organic bananas or if you are unable to buy fresh, organic, it is important to thoroughly wash the banana peel before use.
Below are some exceptional things the banana PEEL can do for your health!
1. Wart Remover
There are two different methods you can use a banana peel for to remove warts. First, you can rub the inside of the peel over the wart for about two minutes or until the area has become thoroughly moist. Second, you can also cut a piece of the peel, place it over the wart and tie it down to keep the peel from moving. It may be easiest to do this overnight. Repeat either method until the wart disappears.
2. Against bug bites, skin irritation (like eczema)
Take the inside of the peel and rub it over the irritated skin. The peel will immediately help hydrate the skin and keep it hydrated for an extended period of time. The nutrients and vitamins in the banana peel will neutralize the stinging or itching of your skin. The peel will also work as a pain reliever!
3. Teeth Whitener
Simply rub the inside of the banana peel over your teeth for about one to two minutes then rinse well. This can be done one to two times per day for about a week.
4. Against acne
Take the inside of the banana peel and gently rub it over the infected area for about one minute. Do this up to three times a day until the acne is gone. You can do this up to three times per day. The antioxidants and nutrients in the peels are able to help remove the acne causing bacteria from your skin.
5. Natural Polish
Banana peels can be used to polish anything from your shoes to your leather furniture even to silver. Simply used the pithy side of the peel and gentle rub onto your shoe or leather. Next, buff the area with a soft cloth. For silver, mix the peel with water (in a blender) and use it on your silver!
6. Against hemorrhoids
The banana peel works similarly for hemorrhoids as it does for irritated skin (number 2 above). Just like for irritated skin simply rub the peel over the irritated area for about five minutes. Repeat this as necessary, usually three to five times throughout the day. If possible, it is best to place a piece of the banana peel on the hemorrhoid
and let it stay over the area for an extended period of time (i.e. throughout the day or overnight). The banana peel works as an anti-inflammatory and should reduce any swelling in the tissue around the area. Also, like irritated skin, it should reduce any itching caused by the hemorrhoid.
5. Anti-aging (Wrinkles)
With the inside of the banana peel moisten your face. The peel helps keep your skin hydrated. The banana tightens the skin, makes it softer and helps in reducing the small wrinkles.
Now you know that not only the banana is beneficial to your health. You now have several very good reasons to not only eat your banana, but keep the peel too!