Between their delicious taste and all the health benefits they offer, what's not to love about bananas? Not only does a banana make for a great morning or midday snack, it's also packed with vitamins, fibre, and plenty of other essential nutrients. Of course, it's right to assume that the part of the banana you eat holds all the rewards. But believe it or not, the peel is just as useful, if not more.
The banana's coat, if you will, contains many of the same vitamins and antioxidants as the fruit it protects. While a banana peel doesn't sound very appetizing alone, topping it with some spices and other ingredients can turn it into something entirely scrumptious. If eating raw banana peels isn't for you, then you can also make it a great addition to several recipes, including smoothies, teas, and chutney.
Aside from cooking with banana peels, there are several nifty hacks to try out that may just change your life; or at least make it less complicated. From whitening teeth to removing splinters, here are ten excellent uses for banana peels.
Banana peels are an outstanding source of potassium. Not only does potassium help humans grow up to be big and strong, but also roses. By digging up roughly 10cm of soil near your precious flowers and burying the peels within, the potassium will boost their immune system, helping them to blossom ever so beautifully. Your roses will also be less prone to insect damage and disease thanks to this valuable nutrient.
Who doesn't dread reaching for the tweezers to pull out a stubborn splinter? Talk about painful. Thankfully, there's a more comfortable way to get the job done. Next time one gets stuck beneath your skin, try covering it up with the inside of a banana peel, using a piece of medical tape for security. After a few hours, the peel's enzymes will have worked with your skin to make it soft enough to pull the sucker right out.
Rather than using teeth whitening products that are known to harm enamel and gums, use a banana peel instead. Potassium is said to work great at naturally whitening the teeth. For optimal potassium levels, you'll want to go with a ripe banana. To begin, grab the peel and rub the inside part all over your teeth for about two minutes. Once they're coated in the banana paste, wait ten minutes, then brush your teeth to remove the excess.
Wrinkles, unfortunately, come with the process of aging. While you can only do so much to prevent them, you can at least make them less noticeable. Banana peels contain not only antioxidants, but also vitamin C, both of which increase collagen production and improve circulation. By rubbing the inside of a banana peel over the skin, it will help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
If you've tried just about every skincare product under the sun dedicated to treating acne and still see it as a problem, then you might want to try using a banana peel. After rubbing the inside part of the skin over your face and waiting ten minutes, you'll be amazed at the reduction in inflammation. It's worth pointing out that this method is not clinically proven to work for everyone. But you never know until you try, right? Oh, and don't be in a hurry to wash off the residue when you're done. The longer you leave it on, the more time it has to work with your skin and provide it with essential nutrients.
Mosquito bites can be unbearably itchy. Not to mention, they aren't exactly attractive. Although science cannot back up this claim, some swear that banana peels can reduce the swelling and itching that comes with each bite. You shouldn't try this solution outside, however, as the banana's sweetness can attract mosquitos.
Several folks claim that sporting a banana peel overtop a wart overnight can treat it and even keep new ones at bay. Here's how it works. First, you'll need to cut the banana skin so that it's large enough to cover the blemish. Next, place the inside portion against the affected area and seal it with medical tape. Once morning hits, you can remove the application. At that point, you should notice an improvement. And if not, you can repeat the process each day until it's gone.
Bruises can be painful, and they aren't exactly the cutest. In fact, some of them are downright hideous. Luckily, there's an at-home remedy for healing minor contusions, and yes, it involves a banana peel. You can either rub the inside of the skin against the bruise, or tape it on and leave it overnight. While these methods may not obliterate a bruise completely, they will at least make it less prominent.
Who needs to buy shoe polish when you can shine your shoes using a banana peel? Both products contain potassium, believe it or not, so it certainly won't hurt. In fact, the oils inside of a banana will actually increase the life of your shoes. Just take the inside and rub it over the top. Then, grab a soft cloth for buffing. That's all there is to it!
Juicy, tender meat is the best kind of meat. So if you want to prevent it from becoming too dry, then toss a couple of banana peels in with your next roast for extra moisture.