{Green Living} Why I’m Crazy About Bananas

photo: Kanelstrand

In my childhood bananas were only available in the winter and so I grew up believing they were a winter fruit. To this day I associate the smell of a banana with Christmas but some time ago it became an even more exciting fruit for me.

Yes, bananas are not simply fruit, they are considered to be superfood and are one of the top 5 most nourishing fruits.

Their content is precious – magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, iodine, and vitamins A, B, E, and F. Thus bananas become an extremely important part of your diet because they are great for your bones, eyesight, and kidneys. And that’s not all, they are also a very elegant way to increase the beauty and health of your skin and hair.

So, not only you can eat bananas but you can also include them in masks to maintain healthy and beautiful skin and hair.

One banana a day applied to your skin or hair is the best and the cheapest beauty treatment you can personally make for yourself in the comfort of your own home.

My research on bananas led me to experiment and write a post on how to use banana peels against acne. When the simple but extremely effective recipe went viral this summer I learned one thing -  women of all ages are ready to go back to Nature’s tried and tested beauty products! Not only because this is a cheap option but also because natural alternatives really work without poisoning our bodies.

Here is how you can use bananas for your skin:

The natural anti-aging properties of bananas combined with the skin-friendly nutrients like vitamin A, C, B6 help protect your skin from cell damage and premature aging. You can make a beauty mask to firm your skin and reduce wrinkles.

The inside of the banana peel can be used to soothe the skin and reduce acne outbreaks. It is enough to rub it on the affected area a few times a day.

Dry skin is a problem that arises mostly during the cold winter months when the humidity in the air is less or when the your food is less nutritious and lacks essential vitamins and antioxidants. A thick banana paste will do magic for your dry skin.

The high potassium level in bananas helps kill warts. The potassium is believed to have a caustic effect during long periods of contact with the skin. In other words, the potassium is burning away the wart, layer by layer, without damaging healthy skin or causing scars.

Bananas have been also known as a wonderful natural remedy against psoriasis. The inflammation caused by psoriasis can rarely be treated with standard moisturizers, or oils.

To learn more about the surprising beauty properties of bananas, buy my ebook Banana Beauty. The coupon code KAN25 (25% discount) is available to all Eco Etsy members as a sign of appreciation of your friendship and help through the years.

The beauty recipes you will find in Banana Beauty will save you from the nasty chemicals found in commercial beauty products while rejuvenating and nourishing your skin and hair. This ebook will pay for itself even after making just one of the natural banana recipes included! But what is more, next time you need to tone up your skin you will not need to rush into buying the latest beauty product which will probably be packed with parabens and carcinogens. You can turn to Nature (or your kitchen) and give a banana a try. Soon you will find yourself attracted not only to eating them but also to using them and their peels for even more beauty on the outside.

This post was written by

Kanelstrand – who has written posts on Eco Etsy.
I am a proponent of simple living, a minimalist and an eco-friendly photographer with wild imagination. I write about green and simple living and share my Scandinavian travels and photographs on my blog, Kanelstrand, which has become the meeting point of a vibrant green community of eco-conscious artists and crafters from around the world.

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  1. I see! To think being crazy about bananas give us a lot of benefits. For me it never crosses my mind that it has so much to give. You did a great job for posting this info and thanks for sharing! XOXO