Did you know that you can use banana peel tea to help calm the nervous system, fight insomnia, and help you enjoy peaceful, restorative sleep?
If you find yourself having trouble getting a good night’s sleep, give this easy DIY banana peel home remedy a try!
So, if you’re ready to learn all about an easy (and tasty!) way to get better quality, restful sleep, be sure to read on!
What Is Banana Peel Tea?
Banana peel tea is just what it sounds like- tea made with banana peels.
Essentially, it’s hot banana water made from boiling bananas (or just the peels-your choice) that you drink before bed- it’s a super simple sleep tea recipe!
And, even though it sounds weird, it’s actually pretty tasty and relaxing 😉
Now, you may be wondering why you would make 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, you won’t want to throw another peel away again!
Ok, here’s where things get really interesting (and a little weird).
So, most people know that bananas are one of the most popular fruits and can be part of a healthy diet, but did you know that using the peels and fruit of bananas is also a great way to provide nutrients like:
- vitamin B6
- vitamin C
- 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 be natural muscle relaxants.
The amino acid L-Tryptophan, commonly found in banana skins, 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 its own!
And finally, banana peels contain antioxidants.
These little substances are important because there is scientific evidence that they can prevent or slow oxidative damage to our cells from free radicals.
The good news- when you put these components together you get the perfect combination of nutrients to help fight sleepless nights so you get peaceful, restorative sleep!
Some people wonder if the benefits of drinking banana tea is a myth, but as you can see, banana peels contain a number of minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients that are essential for good sleep.
No myth here, just an easy and effective home remedy!
How To Make Banana 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 🙂
Here’s how to make banana tea for sleep….
1. Choose The Whole Banana Or Just The Peel
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 (including bananas) before bed.
Blood sugar issues are 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!
2. Wash The Banana
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.
3. Cut The Banana (Or Peel) Into Pieces
Next, you’ll want to cut the ends off of the banana (discard) and then cut your banana into a few small pieces.
If you’re using just the peel you may be able to put it in a small pot without cutting it into pieces.
4. Add To Pot, Boil & Strain
After you wash and cut the ends of your banana off (if you are using the entire banana) or peel and set the fruit aside, it is time to pour water into a small saucepan 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.
(Don’t forget to toss the banana peels in the compost bin when you’re done with them. It’s a good way to make your own natural fertilizer!)
That’s all there is to making this simple banana tea recipe.
If you’re not using the whole banana you can use the peel for tea and save the banana for banana bread muffins!
Helpful Banana Tea Recipe Tips
Now that you know the benefits of this all-natural sleep aid and have the easy steps to make yourself a warm cup of tea, let me give you a few extra tips so you can make the ideal drink for your taste and health needs.
1. Spice It Up!
Banana tea has a naturally mild sweet taste, so if you’re looking to spice it up a little, consider adding cinnamon!
A dash of cinnamon is a tasty addition to your tea and it can also be a great help if you are experiencing sleep disturbances due to blood sugar fluctuations at night.
In fact, researchers have found that using 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon can help improve blood sugar levels by lowering insulin resistance.
2. Add More Flavor
Feel like you want a little more flavor? Add some vanilla or raw honey.
If you have blood sugar issues or are watching your sugar intake, 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
Using organic bananas is actually quite 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 an organic banana for tea 😉
Frequently Asked Questions About Banana Peel Tea
1. What does banana peel tea taste like?
Banana peel tea has a unique taste. It’s subtly sweet and carries a slight hint of banana flavor, but it’s not overpoweringly banana-like. If you like a sweeter tea, feel free to also add honey or a dash of honey or cinnamon to enhance the flavor.
2. Can I use green bananas for making banana peel tea?
Yes, you can use green bananas to make banana peel tea, but the taste may be slightly different and less sweet compared to using ripe bananas. Also, the nutrient composition might be slightly different between ripe and green bananas.
3. How should I store the leftover banana peels if I want to make this tea regularly?
You can store leftover banana peels in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Alternatively, you can also dry banana peels with the banana peels on a baking sheet, then store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Dried banana peels can be stored for several months and are handy for making tea whenever you want.
4. Can I use other fruit peels to make similar teas?
Yes, you can experiment with other fruit peels, such as orange or lemon. However, keep in mind that the health benefits and taste will vary depending on the type of fruit peel used. Always make sure to wash the peels thoroughly before use.
5. Can I reuse banana peels for making the tea again?
No, once you have boiled the banana peel and extracted the nutrients into the tea, it’s best not to reuse the peel. After boiling, most of the beneficial compounds have likely been extracted.
6. Can I make banana peel tea in advance and store it?
Yes, you can make banana peel tea in advance and store it in the fridge for about 2-3 days. You might want to reheat it before drinking, but avoid boiling it again as it could affect the nutrient content.
7. Is it safe to drink banana peel tea every night?
Banana peel tea is generally safe to consume regularly as long as you’re not allergic to bananas. However, as with any home remedy, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare provider if you plan to drink it every night, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or if you’re taking any medications.
8. Can I use banana peel powder instead of fresh banana peels for this tea?
Yes, banana peel powder can be used as an alternative to fresh peels. Make sure you source the dried peel powder from a reliable supplier to ensure it’s of high quality and free from any additives or contaminants.
9. What other health benefits does banana peel tea offer apart from aiding sleep?
While banana peel tea is well-known for its sleep-aiding properties, it offers other health benefits too. It’s rich in several essential nutrients like potassium and vitamin C that support a healthy immune system, promote healthy blood pressure levels, and contribute to overall wellness.
Other Natural Remedies for Better Sleep
While banana peel tea is a fantastic natural remedy for enhancing sleep quality, it’s not the only option.
Estimates suggest that between a third and a half of all Americans suffer from poor sleep or insomnia, experiencing negative effects like stress, fatigue, low energy, anxiety, irritability, and even depression.
These symptoms can often be traced back to a variety of issues, including medical conditions, prescription drugs, mental health disorders, or lifestyle choices.
Fortunately, there are many other natural remedies and helpful sleep tips that can contribute to better sleep and improve sleep quality, such as the following:
- Adaptogenic tea blends for balance and stress relief
- Natural ways to reduce stress
- Honey lemon ginger tea for health benefits
- Restorative yoga poses for stress reduction and relaxation
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- Honey Lemon Ginger Tea (Health Benefits & Easy Recipe)
- How To Make Pine Needle Tea (High In Vitamin C!)
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 🙂