This Is Why You Should Never Throw Away Banana Peels!
Treat Bug Bites
Are you getting absolutely ravaged by mosquitoes this summer? Banana peel can help reduce itching and pain. The natural sugars in it will draw mosquito fluid up out of the bite.
Rub the inside of a banana peel on the affected area for a few minutes. Repeat as needed. This will also work for any other sort of insect bite or sting.
First things first, it’s imperative that you buy the organic variety of both fruits. Otherwise you’ll be exposed to pesticides and other chemicals. If organic is not an option, have a look at this article to learn how you can wash pesticides off fruits effectively.
Once you’re sure the peel is clean, feel free to go ahead and eat it straight. If you can’t handle the bitterness, consider blending the peel into a smoothie. You can also grate the rind into salad for some zesty flavor.
Alright, now onto the good stuff.
Orange peels contain an epic amount of fiber. In a recent study, participants who simply added more fiber to their diets – without making any other changes – lost nearly as much weight as those who followed the weight loss recommendations of the American Heart Association.
What’s more, an orange peel actually contains more than twice as much fiber than the fruit itself at 10.6 grams. That works out to over 40% of the daily recommended fiber intake for women looking to lose weight.
In addition to that epic fiber content, orange peels also contain a large amount of vitamin C – almost twice as much as the fruit itself at 136 mg. Just think, your immune system could reap a total of three times the vitamin C benefits it gets when you eat an orange the conventional way and toss the peel.
Do you suffer from bad breath? Put down that chewing gum and reach for a piece of orange peel instead. The peel’s powerful antimicrobial effects are very effective at reducing the presence of bad bacteria in your mouth, granting you not only fresh breath but greater oral health overall!
Additionally, the white part of an orange peel contains a compound called d-limonene that acts as a solvent to remove teeth stains. Just rub the white part of the peel on your teeth, wait 5 minutes and then brush your teeth. Repeat this daily and within a couple weeks, you’ll see results.
If you’ve got more orange peels than you can eat, here’s something you can do with the leftovers. Bypass the imitation orange air freshener and go for the real deal! If you’ve got a fireplace, toss the peel right in there – it’s highly flammable and will have your home smelling zesty in no time.
No fireplace? No problem! Just fill an orange peel with salt and leave it to sit where needed. The salt will absorb moisture from the air and get rid of any lingering odors while the orange peel replaces them with freshness. You should be able to squeeze a few weeks out of this freshener.