20 unusual uses for a banana
By PositiveMed Team- Costa Rica Office
Reviewed by Nima Shei, MD
1. Shoe Polish
Banana peel works great as a shoe polish. Just rub it on your shoes and buff it with a white cloth.
2. Teeth Whitener
Bananas can be used to whiten teeth. You just have to rub the inside portion of its peel on your teeth. It contains magnesium, potassium and manganese which help to whiten your teeth.
3. Face Mask
Banana can be used as a natural face mask to make your skin smoother and softer. Mash the banana into a paste and apply it on your face. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse off with cold water.
4. Brighten up Houseplants
Wipe the leaves of your plants, which are getting dusty, with the peel of a banana. This will clean the entire gunk on the surface of leaves and make them shinier.
5. Face Scrub
Banana works really well as face scrub. Mix the smashed banana with a tbsp of sugar and make a paste. Then scrub your face with it and feel the difference.
6. Foot care
Pulp of two ripe bananas can repair your cracked heels. Apply the paste and let it dry for few minutes. Then rinse your feet.
7. Hair Loss Therapy
Mix banana with yogurt and apply the paste on your scalp to treat hair loss. Let it dry and rinse it off with cool water.
8. Butterfly Charmer
Instead of throwing away the overripe bananas, make use of them. Place the blackened bananas on the raised platform in your yard to attract the butterflies and birds.
9. Deter Aphids
To deter the aphids, bury the dried or waste banana peels a few inches deep around the base of your aphid-prone plants.
10. Treat Acne
Rub the banana peels on your acne and get rid of them.
11. Stress Relief
Drinking boiled banana peel water helps to de-stress yourself.
12. Wart Cure
You can cure your wart with the help of banana peels in 1-2 weeks.
13. Meat Tenderizer
By adding banana peel to your roast beef, chicken or even veggies, you can avoid your roast from getting dry and it will add an appropriate amount of moisture to it.
14. Itch Soother
Banana peels help to soothe the rashes, bugs bites and poison ivy.
15. Splinter Remover
Banana peels help to ease the splinter out of the skin! You only need to place them on the splinter with an athletic tape for a short time and then try to take the splinter out.
16. Bruise Patrol
By rubbing the banana peels on any bruise you can make it disappear faster.
Banana peels add great nutrients to your soil. Therefore, throw them into your compost and make your plants grow better.
18. Beauty Sleep
Eating bananas few hours before you go to your bed will help you get the required beauty sleep and make your skin healthy.
Rubbing banana peel from inside on the scrapped knees will help them heal sooner.
20. Banana Peel Message
Leave a message for your kids on their banana peel by pricking out letters with a toothpick, the skin will bruise and there will be a dark brown message by lunchtime.