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15 Surprising Uses for Bananas

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Health & Beauty

1. Treat Damaged Hair. Our own Diana Herrington detailed Dr. Oz’s quest for the best damaged hair treatment out there. The results? Bananas! Click here to read Diana’s step-by-step guide treating your hair with bananas.

2. Whiten Teeth. Dying for some pearly whites?  Rub banana peel on your teeth for about two minutes every time you brush and you’ll be well on your way to that perfect smile.

3. Prevent Wrinkles. Check out this recipe for a 3-time-a-week banana anti-aging mask!

4. Treat Insect Bites. Rub some banana peels on the bites to alleviate the itch.

5. Treat Warts. Bananas are rich in potassium, which is said to help treat warts.

6. Treat Bruises, Cuts, and Scrapes. Potassium also helps with the healing process for cuts, scrapes, and bruises.

7. Get Rid of Splinters. Can’t get that pesky splinter out of your skin? I feel your pain. Luckily, if you press banana peels onto the splinter, the fruit’s natural enzymes will work to get that sucker out.

8. Exfoliate Your Skin. Check out a great banana body sugar rub recipe here.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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2:53PM PDT on Sep 13, 2014

thanks....I might try some of these, but I am not a big banana eater...one once in a while, my son on the other hand...loves them

5:59AM PDT on Sep 5, 2014

Me need a banana!!

12:32AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

I didn't know bananas could do all of that! Thank you!

12:32PM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

Many thanks!

9:22AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Thanks for the tips!!

7:14AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

The banana peel on a wart works. Darling son and I both ended up with warts, and used banana peel to combat them. Worked! A friend's doctor even told her to use banana peel. Didn't know about many of the other uses. Interesting article. Wish it wasn't 4 pages though!

10:43AM PDT on Aug 13, 2014

Love bananas and I knew about some of these uses, but not all!

6:33AM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

Good to know.

4:53AM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

Noted

4:40PM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

I had no idea that banana peels could be so useful. Thanks!

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