Bananas are delicious. And full of benefits. So is their peel. It can be used for many things, like gardening, skincare, and even teeth whitening.
In the garden, banana peels are helpful to attract butterflies, deter aphids from rose bushes, and even be composted. Read my post here for more info on making your own compost. If you add banana peel to the soil in your planter, it can be worm food. We all know how important earthworms are for keeping the soil in good health. You can even brighten your houseplant plant leaves, and also your leather shoes, with banana peel and make them shine. How amazing is that?
When it comes to skincare, banana peel is also an amazing and natural tool at our disposal. It is rich in amino acids and vitamins A, B, C, and E. Next time you suffer from cracked heels, sunburn, or a bug bite, press it against your skin and see how it relieves you from the itch. Some people claim it makes acne scars fade, hydrates the skin, and can reduce eye puffiness. Multiple clinical studies show that banana peel has anti-inflammatory properties and anti-microbial and anti-oxidant attributes that help associate it with profuse health benefits.
Furthermore, several natural healers assert that rubbing a banana peel on your teeth is good for both your gums and your teeth and can help whiten your teeth over time. Some people cook the peel with water and sugar for consumption, blend it as a smoothie or even boil it in water to make tea. One thing is sure if you want to use banana peel for your cooking, it can help keep the meat or fish moist since it acts as a "cover".
You can also use banana peel to ripen a fruit that is still hard by placing them next to each other. This is due to ethylene. And with the aforementioned info, you now know the numerous perks of banana peel. So next time you are having a banana, keep the peel and make use of it!