We have talked about bananas already and how they are full of vitamin B, melatonin, and a bunch of other great minerals that help induce sleep, but what is even better than eating a skinless banana?
*** Eating the raw peel. ***
Just kidding, but apparently all the minerals are stored even more in the peel than the actual fruit part that we all eat.
That explains why monkeys eat the banana peel and why my grandparents always said to eat the skins from apples and pears when my siblings
were being picky because that is where all the benefits are!
So here is a recipe I found on the internet, try it out if you would like:
“To make banana peel tea, bring 2 cups of water.
Next, cut the ends off an unpeeled banana and place in the boiling water and boil for 10 minutes.
Add a splash of cinnamon and raw honey to sweeten to taste.
Drink a cup of tea an hour before going to bed.
It’s really important that you use organic raw honey in this recipe.
Honey has powerful sleep properties of its own, and most honey bought from the grocery store have had these properties cooked out of them”
Here’s a second way of making the tea, you can pick your favorite one:
“First, make sure you are using an organic banana.
A non-organic banana will technically work, but these are heavily sprayed crops and you don’t want all that chemical residue in your tea.
Second, make sure your banana is ripe.
That means yellow with some brown spots.
Anything green or greenish could make you constipated.
Thirdly, start slowly.
Try 1/4 of a banana to start.
I’ve used up to 1/2 of a banana with no issues, and I have been drinking this tea nightly.
However, too much magnesium may cause nausea, diarrhea, and other unpleasant side effects.
Finally, please note that it is the PEEL of the banana that’s magic.
You can include the banana flesh like I do, for flavor.
Or, just use the peel.
An organic banana is preferable to avoid pesticides in your tea.
However, most tea that we drink is not organic anyway.
So, don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.
Author: Michelle Pfennighaus
Makes: 1 small cup tea
¼-1/2 banana, including the peel
1 cup water (You can use more but who wants to drink a lot of liquid before bed?
Then you’ll really be waking up.)
Optional: dash of cinnamon
In a small pot, combine water and banana. Bring to a boil. Simmer 10-20 minutes.
Add cinnamon if desired.
Strain and enjoy”-
I hope these recipes will give you great sleep.