Produce professionals like Thomas Hoey Jr. know that bananas are both delicious and nutritious. Their businesses rely on people’s love of wholesome fruits like bananas. Luckily, everyone knows how good bananas are for you. They’re a great source of essential vitamins like potassium, magnesium, and folate. They also make easy and tasty travel snacks.
But the benefits of a banana don’t end just with the nutrition. Bananas actually have several more strange but true uses outside of food. Below are some more of the useful, weird things you can do with bananas. Silly as many of them may seem, they are all proven effective.
Bananas as Topical Medicines
Bananas are coated inside the peel with different oils. These oils are where much of the vitamins and minerals in bananas are found. Much of this oil is leftover on the inside of the peel after the banana is eaten, though. Because of this, banana peels can have surprising uses as light medicines.
- Rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a burn or a scrape will make it heal faster. It helps dull the pain and reduce the swelling. This can also help keep the wound from becoming infected.
- This same swelling reduction property in banana oil works on headaches as well. Rubbing a banana peel on your forehead can help with the throbbing. It can even cure light headaches.
- Banana peel oil also makes for great anti-itch cream. Rub a banana peel over a rash or but bite to prevent inflammation. This will soothe the affected area and prevent or relieve itching.
- Banana peels also work on warts over a period of a couple of weeks. Rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a wart regularly will help it disappear. You can also tape a small piece of peel over the wart to expedite the process.
- Lastly, banana peels can help remove tricky splinters. Leaving a piece of banana peel taped over the splinter will slowly remove it. The splinter will gradually work its way out of the wound. The oils in the peel will also help this wound to heal faster.
Bananas as Beauty Products
The minerals in banana oil aren’t only good for nutrition and medication. They can also make for a couple of folksy beauty products.
- The natural minerals in banana oil are much of the same minerals added to toothpaste. Magnesium, potassium, and manganese are all commonly found in teeth whitening products. This means rubbing your teeth with a banana peel regularly is a cheap, at-home teeth-whitening procedure.
- Crafty home beauticians can make their own hair products with bananas. Mashing a banana up with honey and heavy cream makes an organic homemade conditioner. Letting this conditioner sit in your hair before shampooing can restore dry and damaged hair.
Bananas as Multi-Surface Polishes
Banana oil also makes a great polish for a variety of surfaces.
- Rubbing the peel on your silverware and then buffing with a cloth will restore its shine.
- Likewise, banana peels make a useful shoe polish. Rubbing the inside of a peel over leather shoes will clean and shine the material.
- Banana peels will also make the leaves of your houseplants shinier, if you so desire.
Thomas Hoey Jr. learned all of this because he works with bananas every day. Most people, though, probably don’t know that bananas are useful for anything other than eating. Make sure to explain these benefits if somebody catches you rubbing banana peels on your face.