It’s no secret that bananas are good for you: they contain a lot of fibre, they moderate blood sugar and are high in potassium. However, when you’ve finished eating your fruit, don’t throw out the peel. Banana peels are filled with health virtues few people know! Discover 15 ways to use banana peels in your everyday life.
1. Cure warts
Warts are annoying and unattractive. Remove them easily by using your banana peel. Rub the inside of the peel on your warts. The anti-inflammatory and pH balancing properties help remove these unwanted skin growths.
2. Make your teeth whiter
You don’t have to spend tons of money on teeth whitening products for pearly whites. For a few minutes every day, rub the peel on your teeth to whiten them. You will notice a difference after a couple of weeks.
3. Soothe itchy skin
If your skin is itching for no particular reason, try rubbing a banana peel on the skin to stop the irritating itch. You can eat a banana while you wait for the peel to do its job!
4. Eliminate headaches
The magnesium content in a banana peel quickly eliminates headaches. Simply put the banana peel on your forehead or neck for about 20 minutes to feel a soothing effect. The skin absorbs minerals and sends them into the bloodstream.
5. Soothe mosquito bites
Mosquito bites are the worst. They can itch your skin for long periods of time. Alleviate the itch by rubbing the peel on the bite for a few minutes.
6. Protect your plants from unwanted insects
Stop using pesticides if you want to get rid of ants and aphids in your garden or home. Use banana peels instead! Cut them up and bury them in the earth to protect your plants.
7. Give food to your roses
Stop using pesticides and feed your roses at the same time by burying banana peel pieces near your plants. The peel will act as a fertilizer for your beautiful flowers.
8. Shoe polish
Stop using shoe shining products filled with chemicals and use the inside of your peels instead. Potassium is one of the key ingredients in shoe shine so you know you’re using the right product!
9. Improve your indoor plant health
Plants have a harder time indoors since the air outside is much purer. Give some extra care to your indoor plants with banana peel-infused water. This will help fertilize and add healthy nutrients your plants.
10. Food for livestock
Do you live on a farm? Feed your animals your old banana peels to keep them healthy. All farm animals will appreciate the benefits including liver health and cholesterol and weight improvements.
11. Reduce wrinkles and fine lines
Are you starting to notice fine lines and wrinkles on your face? Help reduce these signs of ageing by rubbing the inside of a banana peel where you see lines. Leave the peel for 20-30 minutes and then rinse your face with warm water.
12. Soothe psoriasis
Like insect bites, psoriasis is an inflammation of the skin that causes redness and itching. Banana peel becomes a good asset in the fight against this skin problem, as it is an effective treatment against itching and burns.
Rub the inner part of the skin on the painful area. The gesture may cause redness on the spot, but in the long term, the skin reacts to this natural treatment.
13. Eliminate puffiness around the eyes
If you often wake up with puffy eyes or dark under-eye bags, use the inside of the peel to instantly look better. All you need to do is scrape the white flesh inside the peel, mix it with a bit of Aloe Vera to form a paste and apply it around your eyes.
14. Remove acne
Exfoliate your skin naturally with the peel. This will help remove toxins from your skin, which will help decrease the chances of acne. The antioxidants in the peel will also help against the germs that cause acne.
15. Helps against depression
If you are feeling blue and have symptoms of depression, you should, of course, see your doctor or a psychologist but you can also make yourself a banana leaf tea to make yourself feel better. The peels are filled with tryptophan, which transforms into serotonin, a chemical that regulates your mood.