Banana peels contain a substance known as ethylene that can help ripen fruits and vegetables. Place a hard avocado in a paper bag with a ripened banana peel and within 24 hours the avocado will start to ripen.
Okay, these peels are a little green, because they are actually banana leaves! Banana leaves are great for tenderizing meat. Just place the leaves with your roast while it cooks and it will be soft and juicy. You can also use sliced banana peels, instead of banana leaves.
This is as natural as it comes. Some people find that rubbing banana peel on their teeth makes them brighter. Rub the inside of a banana peel on your teeth twice each day for about 2 minutes and then rinse.
Bug bites or rashes can be alleviated by applying the inside of banana peel on the irritated area. The peel also hydrates your skin. Place the peel in the refrigerator before applying for extra relief.
Keep bugs out of your garden and avoid using insecticides in your planting soil by adding chopped banana peel one to two inches deep in your soil. You can also make a banana tea by placing a banana peel in a Mason jar for 48 hours, then discard the peel. You will then use the banana tea to spray or water your plants.
Banana peel is rich in nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, that are needed to fertilize plants. You can add it to your compost to be used in the garden or dry out the peels and pulverize them to quickly be added to your the soil.