Thought banana peels belong in the trash? You might change your mind after reading this.

Here’s a list of things that banana skins can be used for:

1. Teeth whitening

Yes, you read it right, banana peels can be effectively used to make those teeth naturally white versus the synthetic shine delivered by over the counter products. Cut a small square piece of the peel to be held between your teeth and a finger, make sure the white inner part is touching your teeth. Rub for a couple of minutes covering every possible corner and then brush it off. The potassium will start to show its very noticeable effects within a few weeks.

2. Depression treatment

A subtle form of remedy for the occasional mood dips caused due to hormonal imbalance or inadequate nutrient intake, banana peels are packed with tryptophan which is essential in creating serotonin that can help lighten depression and aid in good night’s sleep.

3. Improve eyesight

Banana skins are rich in xanthophyll lutein, a carotenoid and an antioxidant known to protect against oxidative stress in the eyes. Lutein also helps to preserve your night vision and plays a role in preventing cataracts and macular degeneration. Time to add banana peels to the diet along with those carrots.

4. Acne treatment

Apart from their moisturizing properties, banana peels contain vitamins A, B, C and E along with zinc, manganese, and iron which show anti-inflammatory properties. So along with preventing further bacterial infections from affecting the acne they also help heal the scars and prevent new acne from forming.

5. Cleaning leather

Evenly rub the insides of the peel on any leather surface, may it be cushions or bags, then wipe with a dry cloth. Along with spot removal, the potassium (a key element in commercial leather polish) may also help give that year old pair of shoes a brand new look.

6. Weight loss

The potassium in the peels boosts metabolism, this essentially means that the body starts burning more calories. Also being rich in both soluble and insoluble fibers, they induce a sensation of fullness while slowing digestion which indirectly keeps the body from putting on weight as overeating is avoided.

7. Treating bug bites

Rubbing a banana peel over a mosquito bite is known to give good relief. It won’t be any help if the rash is severe but it sure will alleviate the irritation and itchiness by moisturizing the affected area.

8. Getting rid of warts

Banana peels are one of the several natural remedies for warts caused due to potassium deficiencies. The peels contain about 40% of the total potassium in the fruit, placing one over the wart may serve as a passive form of treatment apart from antiseptics. Although dismissed as being a placebo treatment by some dermatologists, they have been proven to be effective.

The only problem is that most of us would find eating raw banana peels to be an unpleasant experience, as they can be tough and bitter. The solution is to wait for them to ripen which might take 1-2 days or you could bake them for 20-30 mins. This makes the peels thinner and sweeter for consumption.

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