You will read here 17 of best uses of banana peels for skin, hair, garden, and more.
Are you aware that there are many uses of banana peels, that can saves you hundreds of dollars?
Next time you eat a banana, never throw the leftover banana peels.
Throwing food away wastes all the resources ( land, water and labor). According to Forbes, the waste that comes from banana peel is approximately 3.5 million tons per year!
That is a huge number!
A banana peel can be used in many ways rather than throwing it in the bin!
I wrote earlier a few posts about how to reduce your waste to protect the environment, prevent pollution, preserve natural resources, and of course, save money. You can check out these posts:
• 35 unexpected benefits of orange peels
• 20 amazing reasons to keep silica gel packets
• 16 incredible health benefits of pomegranate peel
• 20 ways to reuse used coffee grounds
• 14 clever ways to reuse empty toilet paper rolls
• 8 brilliant uses of egg shells.
Banana is the most consumed fruit in the world. So we definitely need to think of a way to use every part of it to make it a waste free food!
Banana peel benefits for skin, face, and hair:
1- Banana peels can reduce wrinkles:
One of the Banana peel benefits for skin is that it is rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, which could make them a useful natural skin care product to reduce wrinkles.
How to use banana peel for face?
Make a face mask by combining a beaten egg yolk with a mashed banana peel. Apply the mixture on the face and leave it for 5 minutes then wash it away.
Or you can rub banana peel over your face or skin and leave it overnight.
2- Banana peels can remove warts:
The cheapest and simplest method to remove warts and stop them from reoccurring is rubbing the peel of a banana on an affected area, or sticking it overnight.
3- It can help relieve eczema:
What happens if we rub banana peel on face daily?
Research suggests that it has a soothing effect on the skin and can help relieve conditions like psoriasis and eczema, while soothing bug bites, wounds, sunburns, and skin irritations.
4- It can lighten dark under-eye bags:
Place a banana peel on closed eyes to reduce puffiness and lighten the sensitive area under the eyes. That’s because it improves your blood circulation, and it is rich in many nutrients that can boost collagen production.
5- Banana peels can Soothe bug bites:
Banana peels are a good home remedy for mosquito bites because they are naturally loaded with polysaccharides, which are famous for reducing swelling and inflammation. Simply rub the inner side of the peel nice and gently over the mosquito bite.
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6- Banana peels help whitening the teeth:
One of the natural teeth whiteners is the banana peel. Just rub banana peel on your teeth for one minute everyday. You’ll see a good result after a week.
7- Banana peel uses for hair:
Banana peel is very effective to boost your hair growth, nourish it from roots, and give it a volume. The antioxidants play a role of strengthening the hair follicles, and making it look strong and well-nourished.
In a blender, put the banana peels along with the honey and mix until the mixture is an even texture.
Apply the hair mask on the scalp and the roots of your hair. Leave it for 15 minutes.
Rinse the hair very well with lukewarm water, then use the hair conditioner for added softness.
8- Banana peels can be a natural depression relief:
The high levels of tryptophan in bananas, combined with the B6 vitamin in banana peels, can help relieve some symptoms of depression and other mood disorders. Tryptophan turns into serotonin as it breaks down, which can improve your mood. And vitamin B6 can help improve sleep which has a positive impact on mood over time.
9- It is a good pain relief :
You can now add banana peels to the list of natural remedies to help deal with aches and pains. Apply the banana peel directly on the painful area, and leave it for 30 minutes or until the pain is gone.
10- Banana peels uses in cooking:
According to the bright side, banana peel helps moisten the meat or fish as it cooks, making it more tender because it acts as a blanket for the meat, and prevents moisture from the meat from vaporizing.
11- Banana peel benefits for plants:
Banana peels can be used in gardens as fertiliser. They are naturally high in potassium that encourages plant growth. It also contains calcium, which promotes root growth.
Here are 3 ways to use banana peel for your garden:
1. Mix dried, ground peels into the soil.
2. Spread the ground peel on the top of your soil.
3. Make a compost tea with peels and warm water by soaking the banana peel with other food scraps in a warm water for few days, then use the banana tea to water the plants in your garden.
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12- It can make your house plants gleam:
One of the best ways to make plant leaves shine is by wiping the leaves carefully with the inner side of a fresh banana peel. This way you will wipe away and deter dirt, dust, pests, and hard water spots, and make the leaves look shinier and healthier.
13- You can eat the banana peels:
You may be wondering if it’s okay to eat the peel of your banana.
Well, the peel of a fresh banana is pretty tough and bitter.
But, if you read about its health benefits, you’ll definitely start looking for ways to add the banana peel to your daily diet.
The banana peels are rich in nutrients like: source
• Vitamin B6
• Vitamin B12
How do you prepare banana peels to eat?
Here is a few banana peel recipes you may like to try:
• Banana peel bacon ( vegan bacon )
• Banana skin and coconut curry
• Vegan Carnitas
• Banana peel stir-fry
• Banana peel caramel jam
• Banana peel Dhal
• Banana peel cake
• Banana peel biscuits
14- You can make banana peel tea:
You may be wondering can I drink banana peels?
The answer is yes, you can simply make banana peel tea.
What are the benefits of dried banana peel tea?
it is full with antioxidants and health benefits and can help control hunger between meals.
15- Banana peel helps with weight loss:
If you’re struggling to lose weight postpartum, or you just want to lose the extra kilos to fit your new jeans, then banana peel might make it easier for you.
It contains a high level of soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber plays an important role in weight loss, because it slow down digestion, and can help you better manage your insulin and blood sugar response to food.
16- It can fight germs:
Studies indicate that the tannins in banana peel have antimicrobial activity and can inhibit the growth of infection-causing bacteria. Source
17- It Can be used to polish silverware:
You might be surprised to learn that your banana peels can even help you with your cleaning. It work like a charm when it comes to polishing up tarnished silverware.
You need to apply a paste made from the peels and water on your silverware, then wash it off and dry your utensils.
This method can work on silver jewellery as well.