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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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5:31AM PDT on Apr 24, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

4:18AM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

5:58AM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

i love bananas they are a great relief for my "nervous stomach"

I will try the silver polish idea!!

11:07AM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

Good

9:54PM PDT on Apr 7, 2014

But, every time I have a banana peel on hand, I'm busy eating!

9:52AM PDT on Apr 5, 2014

Some useful tips, I still prefer to just eat them

9:05AM PDT on Mar 29, 2014

I love bananas, thanks for tips

7:59PM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

Thank you!

2:30PM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

I certainly will make use of some of these banana tips!

6:10PM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

wouldn't your furniture smell rancid after a while after it had been banana buffed?

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