According to many experts, the peels of various fruits and vegetables have a higher content of nutrients than the fruit or the vegetable itself. In the light of this fact, the skin of a banana is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can be used in the treatment of many illnesses and complications. Orange peels are equally beneficial.
However, before using any of these peels, you need to realize that most fruits are treated with pesticides to keep away insects. As such, you need to clean them to avoid any adverse effects.
Simply mix a tablespoon of white vinegar, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and a cup of water and then use the solution to rinse your fruits to detoxify them. Then, you can use the skin of the fruits in any of the following ways:
Simply place a banana peel on your forehead and relax. The nutrients in the peel will ease the pain.
Get rid of splinters
Just place a piece of banana peel over the splinter. The inside of the peel should face down against your skin. The enzymes in the peel will stimulate the splinter to dislodge itself and move towards the skin surface.
Treat skin issues
You can use banana peels to effectively treat skin conditions like warts, psoriasis, wrinkles, and insect bites. For insect bites, simply rub the peel onto the affected area to ease the irritation.
Likewise, you can rub the peels onto the warts for one week to treat them. For psoriasis, just rub a piece of banana peel on the affected area to ease the irritation and inflammation. Do this regularly and you’ll experience significant improvements in a couple of days.
To make your teeth whiter, simply rub the banana peel against your teeth for a few minutes, for several successive days.
Banana peel has powerful regenerative properties, which can accelerate the healing of contusions.
Healing small scratches and cuts
To speed up the healing of minor cuts and scratches, simply rub the inside of a banana peel on the affected area.
A filtering agent
Scientific examinations have proven that banana skins effectively purify water from lead and copper.
Banana peels are an excellent natural shoe polisher. Simply remove the stringy parts of the peel and then rub it onto your shoe. It will give an amazing shine.
According to Dr. J Bhattacharjee, an Ayurvedic medicinal guru, oranges have nutrients that are extremely beneficial when consumed, when used topically, and when used for domestic purposes.
From the peel of a medium-sized orange, you can obtain about 60 flavonoids and 117 various photo-nutrients. Orange peels can accelerate the metabolism, treat nausea, heartburn, vomiting and gas, as well help digestion.
Additionally, they can stimulate your appetite. These peels also have the potential to dissolve phlegm and ease and treat asthma attacks. These medicinal features are attributed to the abundance of essential oils that have potent anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
Moreover, the essential oil known as “D-Limonene” dilutes stomach acids, ensures a healthy liver function and promotes good intestinal health.
Calming the nerves and supporting sleep
The essential oils in the orange peels have powerful calming effects that calm the nerves, thereby helping you fall asleep easily.
To restore the balance of your skin’s natural oils and make the skin smooth and soft, simply rub an orange peel onto your skin. The peels can help exfoliate the skin, eliminate the dead skin cells, and treat blackheads.
Furthermore, orange peels are effective in treating acne and pimples, thanks to their powerful cleansing, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
Lower cholesterol, treat cancer and osteoporosis
One recent study revealed that orange peelings can defuse triglyceride and cholesterol, and hence beneficial in the case of high cholesterol levels. They also contain Hesperidin, a flavonoid that is known to avert colon cancer and osteoporosis.
Pleasant scent and flavor
Orange peels have a pleasant aroma that fills the air as soon as you peel the fruit. If you boil the peels in some water and some cloves or cinnamon, you’ll get a healthy and wonderfully smelling drink.
You can also sprinkle some orange peels on your soup, stew, or casseroles, to add the bitter orange taste and enhance the flavor. Moreover, these fruits can be used to prepare delicious candy, and they’re abundant in vitamin C, which is a great immune booster.
Therefore, it is not prudent to throw away banana and orange peels, while you can use them in a vast range of beneficial ways!