Citrus fruits and banana are nutritional powerhouses. However, after consuming the fruits we toss the peels into the trash cans without realizing that these kitchen scrapes are concentrated sources of nutrients that work wonders for the skin and health. Fruit peels contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They have a number of beauty and household uses. In home remedies, fruit peels are used for exfoliation, brightening the skin, fading pigmentation, whitening the teeth and fighting skin problems. Even the cosmetic industry uses extracts of fruits peels to enhance the effectiveness of their products.
Here Are Some Of The Best Ways To Use Banana And Citrus Fruit Peels:
1. Body Scrub:
Citrus fruit peels are used for making natural scrubs. This helps in exfoliation and cleansing. You can replace your regular soap with homemade citrus peel body scrub to remove impurities and improve the appearance of your skin. Take about 10 to 20 grams of sun dried lemon or orange peels. Grind the dried peels and mix them with oatmeal. Add some yogurt, milk or honey. Rub the mixture on your skin. Rinse off with lukewarm water .
2. Fade Blemishes:
To fade blemishes, use the lemon or orange peels to make natural bleaching cream. Mix 3g ground lemon peel with a small amount of ground oatmeal, a little turmeric powder and three pinches of salt. Blend the mixture with petroleum jelly and store the mixture in a container. Before going to bed, apply this cream to your face, arms and other pigmented areas. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse off with warm water .
3. Fight Acne:
Fatty acids and antioxidants present in banana peel soothe the skin and help diminish breakouts. Take a small piece of banana peel and rub the inside of the peel on the acne prone area. Rub the peel until it turns brown. Leave the banana residue on the skin for about 30 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Repeat 2 to 3 times a day. This remedy also works for eczema and psoriasis.
4. Teeth Whitening:
Banana peel is an inexpensive option for whitening the teeth. When you can’t visit the dentist for teeth whitening, you can use the inside of the banana peel to brighten your discolored teeth. Banana peel contains potassium, magnesium and manganese that help in whitening the teeth enamel. For about two minutes, rub the peel on your teeth .
5. Soothes Itching:
Banana peel can be used for soothing an insect bite. Rubbing the inside of the banana peel on site of the bite helps in reducing the itching, irritation and swelling. The anti-inflammatory property of the enzymes present in the peel helps in calming the area .
6. Wart Removal:
In folk medicine, banana peel is used for removing wart. Place a small piece of banana peel with the white part on the wart. Use a strapping tape to keep the peel in place. Let the peel sit on the wart overnight. Remove it the next morning. Repeat this every night. It usually takes about ten days for the wart to fall off the skin .
7. Whitens Nail:
Your yellow or discolored nails can regain their natural color with the help of citrus fruit peels. Rub fresh lemon peel on your finger nails. It works as a bleach and cleanses and whitens the nails .
8. Hair Styling:
You can make an inexpensive hair spray with lemon peel. It can be used as a setting lotion and gives the hair good hold when applied after styling the hair. Place the peels from one lemon in a bowl and pour a cup of boiling water. Allow the lemon zest to steep in the water for several hours. Discard the peels and mix a tablespoon of vodka to the liquid. Store the liquid in a spritzer bottle and use it as needed on wet or dry hair .