Did you know that you can use banana peel tea to help fight insomnia and get peaceful restorative sleep?
If you find yourself having trouble sleeping, give this easy DIY home remedy a try!
In this post we’ll go over:
- Causes of insomnia or sleeplessness
- What is banana tea? (and health benefits)
- How to make banana peel tea
- Helpful tips
Ready to learn an easy (and tasty!) way to get better quality, restful sleep? Be sure to read on!
Causes Of Poor Sleep And Insomnia
It is estimated that 1/3-1/2 of all Americans deal with poor sleep or insomnia. If you find yourself in this category, you know just how difficult it can be to fall asleep or stay asleep.
As a result of poor sleep quality, it is not uncommon to experience fatigue, feelings of low energy, anxiety, irritability, and even depression.
There are many causes of poor sleep or insomnia, such as:
- Medical/health issues– acid reflux, blood sugar problems, pain
- Prescription drugs-steroids, antidepressants, antihistamines
- Mental health disorders– stress, anxiety, depression
- Lifestyle choices – smoking, drinking too much alcohol, stimulating tv or video games
These are just a few examples of issues that could be the cause of poor sleep.
There are conventional medications available to help but these often come with a long list of side effects and don’t address the root cause.
So, short term, some may find benefit with sleeping pills, but they are definitely not a long-term solution or the best option in most cases.
(Although that is a decision that should be made by you with your health care provider’s assistance. As always, you do you! 😉 )
So what is a safe and effective solution for poor sleep and insomnia?
Banana Peel Tea!
What Is Banana Peel Tea?
Banana peel tea is just what it sounds like- tea made with banana peels.
Now, you may be wondering why you would make a tea out of banana peels.
I mean, those are usually thrown away, right?
It’s true, banana peels are normally tossed in the trash and not given a second thought.
But after you read about the benefits of banana tea for better sleep, you won’t want to throw another peel away again!
Health Benefits Of Banana Peels
Ok, here’s where things get really interesting (and a little weird).
So, most people know that bananas are a healthy food and they’re often thought of for their potassium content, but did you know that the peel also contain:
- amino acids
Let’s quickly go over the benefits of each of these.
It is thought that drinking banana tea before bed can help relieve insomnia and aid in better sleep because both magnesium and potassium have been shown to have muscle relaxing qualities.
L-Tryptophan, an amino acid found in banana peels, is converted into 5-HTP in the body, which is then used to produce serotonin and melatonin, both of which are known as sleep-inducing hormones.
Since melatonin supplementation is somewhat controversial, why not help your body by giving it what it needs to make it’s own!
And finally, banana peels contain antioxidants. These little substances are important because they can prevent or slow oxidative damage to our cells.
When you put these components together you get the perfect combination of nutrients to help fight insomnia and you get peaceful, restorative sleep!
How To Make Banana Peel Tea
Ok, so you’ve read about all of the health benefits and are ready to give it try!
You’re going to love it, this recipe is so easy 🙂
First you’ll have to decide if you want to make the tea using the whole banana or just the peels.
Using the whole banana gives the tea a natural sweetness, but a lot of people don’t want to eat or drink sugar or sweetened foods before bed (blood sugar issues is a big reason a lot of people wake in the night).
If this isn’t a concern for you, go ahead and use the whole banana. If you want to skip the natural sugar, just using the peel is completely fine!
Now that you’ve decided which way you’re going to use your banana, the first thing you need to do is wash it.
This is important because you don’t want any dirt or chemicals in your finished product.
Just a little natural soap and water will do.
Next, you’ll want to cut the ends off of the banana (discard) and then cut your banana into a few pieces. If you’re using just the peel you may be able to put it in a small pot without cutting it into pieces.
After your banana or peel is in the pot fill with water until the contents are covered.
Boil for about 10 minutes, strain the banana or peel from the liquid, and pour the liquid into your favorite mug.
That’s all there is to it. Enjoy!
If you’re not using the whole banana you can use the peel for tea and save the banana for banana bread muffins!
Now that you know the benefits of banana peel tea and have the easy steps to make yourself a warm cup, let me give you a few extra tips.
1. Spice it up!
Researchers have found that using 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon can help improve blood sugar levels by lowering insulin resistance.
Cinnamon is a tasty addition to your tea and it can also be a great help if you are not getting good quality sleep due to blood sugar fluctuations at night.
2. Add more flavor
Feel like you want a little more flavor? Add some vanilla or raw honey.
If you have blood sugar issues you may want to skip the honey, but if that’s not something you are concerned with you could add a little to help sweeten your tea.
There are some that believe a little honey before bed can be helpful because it helps maintain glycogen levels in the liver. Again, it may not be appropriate for everyone, but it’s something to keep in mind.
3. Buy organic bananas
This is important!
Conventionally grown bananas are commonly sprayed with chemicals and pesticides. While washing the banana before use may help remove some of these chemicals, it won’t be effective at removing them all. And no one wants to drink pesticide tea!
So, opt for organic bananas for tea 😉
Printable Banana Peel Tea Recipe For Better Sleep
- 1 Banana peel (or whole banana, if you choose) washed, with ends cut off
- 1- 1 1/2 cups of boiling water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. raw honey
- Gently wash your banana
- Cut off each end
- Cut the banana into pieces
- Remove peel (if you're not using the whole banana)
- Add peel to 1-1 1/2 cups of water
- Add optional ingredients if desired (except raw honey)
- Boil for about 10 minutes
- Remove peel (or strain liquid) pour into your favorite mug
- Add raw honey if desired
- Enjoy! Sleep well 🙂
Have you tried banana peel tea? If so, feel free to send me a message or leave a comment below and let me know if it worked for you 🙂
Hi, I’m Amy
I’m a Licensed Massage Therapist and have a degree in Human Services, but my most important job is being a wife and mom. My goal is to provide others with researched and reliable natural health information just for women so you too can live….
A Radiantly Healthy Life!