July 21, 2006

Banana-medicinal and cosmetic value

The banana is one of the cheapest and favorite fruit of millions. It has immense nutritional value and medicinal properties apart from being an effective face pack. Any edible part of the plant, be it fruit, flower or stem, provides energy, vitamins and minerals. Cholesterol and fat content is minimal. But it has come under fire- unjustly, for being a high calorie snack. Ayurveda maintains that bananas are flesh-building and thirst quenching. No wonder people all over the world love it and splurge over it.


CURATIVE PROPERTIES OF BANANA

Banana is a high-energy food
Banana contains a high level of easily digestible natural sugars in both their fresh and dried forms, which it releases quickly in the blood stream. So eating bananas helps in keeping your body engine running at peak performance.

Banana works wonders for dysentery, diarrhea, constipation and piles
Ripe bananas help relieve diarrhea and dysentery while under ripe bananas counter constipation and piles.

Banana helps cure stomach ulcers

Banana has the ability to correct acidity, gastritis and peptic ulcer. It is claimed that banana stimulates mucus production by stomach lining.

Banana keeps hypertension at bay
Research shows that bananas contain certain enzyme inhibitors which are reported to be effective in controlling blood pressure in hypertensive people.

Banana helps maintain quick reflexes
Potassium levels in our body drop after strenuous exercises. Tell-tale signs of low potassium include aching muscles, irregular heart beats, slower reflexes and a feeling of confusion. Being rich in potassium, bananas help in maintaining reflexes and keeping confusion at bay.

Bananas combat iron deficiencyLow levels of iron cause lethargy and weakness. Iron deficiency is common among women and vegetarians. Being iron rich, bananas can easily combat iron deficiency.

Bananas boost immune system
Being rich in powerful anti-oxidants, Vitamin C and A and element zinc, bananas help in boosting body’s immune system, too.

Bananas treat burns and wounds too.A fine paste prepared by mashing a ripe banana has the unique property of treating burns and wounds. It even prevents scar formation.

BANANA AS A COSMETIC
Banana face pack for dry skin
Make a thin paste of equal quantity of warm olive oil and mashed banana. Apply on clean face, leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash off.

Banana face pack for all skin types
Heat honey until it pours. Pour enough of it on a mashed banana and make a paste. Mix well and spread over your cleaned face. Wash off after 15 minutes with warm water.

Banana face mask for softening and firming face muscles
Mix 2 tbsp egg white, 1 tsp honey, ½ tsp jojoba oil, 1 tsp yoghurt, 2 tsp multani mitti (fuller’s earth). Then add a paste of 2 tbsp mashed banana paste to it. Mix well. Apply on the face and neck for 15 minutes before taking a bath. This mask helps in softening and firming the muscles of the face, especially good for women above 30’s.

Banana hair pack for radiant shiny hair
Mix the yellow of an egg with equal quantities of mashed banana paste. Add 2 tsp honey, 2 tbsp curds, 2 tsp lemon juice. Blend it well. Apply on the hair for ½ an hour before shampooing. Your hair will be radiant and shiny.

See also: Know your skin type / Simple ways of acquiring a clear & blemish free skin / Lemon as a beauty aid / Milk for health & beauty / Buttermilk for beauty / Aloe vera, the wonder herb / Cucumber for beauty and health/Hand and Nail Care / Beauty Masks for a glowing complexion



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49 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:26 AM

    Banana moisturises sensitive skin.
    How to do it: Mash half of a ripe banana and apply it to clean, damp skin. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Wash well with warm water. Repeat once a week.
    Why it helps: The antioxidant vitamin A and skin-softening potassium in bananas moisturize gently.

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  2. Saraswati5:29 PM

    Banana is an energy booster.
    Banana contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that is known to make you feel happy and improve your mood.
    Banana is a rich source of iron, thus it is helpful in cases of anemia.. Banana is good a good source of potassium. If you are taking diuretics take 2 bananas a day to prevent the depletion of potassium in the body. The skin of the banana is said to help remove warts(cover the warts with the inner skin of banana). Banana is good for people who have high blood pressure because it is low in salt.

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  3. Jayashree11:26 AM

    Banana: Banana in real sense is not fruit but it is the complete food. With your breakfast two bananas with lukewarm milk give a lot of energy. It is also a good sex tonic. High potassium content benefits the muscular system and lower the high blood pressure. It strengthens the lining of stomach against acid and ulcers and feed the acidophilus bacteria of the bowel. It is full with Vitamins and minerals. Two bananas with lukewarm milk give a lot of energy. It must be taken in the morning with breakfast.

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  4. Prajvala5:34 PM

    * Banana makes it a good source of quick of quick energy.
    * The use of bananas has been found beneficial in the treatments of several medical conditions such as intestinal disorders, constipation, arthritis, gout, anemia, , kidney stones, tuberculosis and urinary disorders.
    * Eating Banana vegetables can also help control weight.
    * Bananas Vegetables are low in fat and calories, a good source of dietary fiber and provide us with extra energy.
    * Eat bananas in every form ripe, raw, cooked, milkshakes and desserts. It helps in treating many ailments related to your body.
    * Rubbing banana peel inside out is the best remedy for mosquito bites.
    * Drinking extract from the stem attached to the banana cluster helps kill tuberculosis bacteria.

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  5. Bharat10:00 AM

    Banana is rich in vitamin C. It also contains other vitamins such vitamin A, and Vitamin B, especially folate.

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  6. Mohini10:12 AM

    The nutritional value of banana makes it useful for weight gain as well as weight loss, constipation, bowel problems, anemia, blood pressure, heart problems, ulcers, brain stimulation, depression, nervous disorders, stress, morning sickness, menstruation, etc

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  7. Kratika10:26 AM

    Bananas can be eaten as is, or they can be combined with your favorite breakfast cereals. Aside from being really affordable, bananas are rich in potassium and fiber - giving you the daily dose of nutrients from fruits that you need to stay healthy.

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  8. Gurumati9:34 AM

    Bananas contain tryptophan, a rich amino acid that is known to be extremely beneficial for hair and skin. They are chock full of potassium which adds super softening properties to the hair shaft. Along with vitamins A, B, C and E bananas contain rich natural oils and carbohydrates. All these goodies shore up the natural elasticity of the hair and prevents split ends.

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  9. Ichcha10:12 AM

    The unripe fruit is rich in starch, which on ripening turns into sugar.

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  10. Saiprema10:20 AM

    Bananas are great source of potassium. Potassium helps build muscle power and keeps your body fluids in balance.Its juice as an antidote for snake-bite

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  11. Jagadamba9:08 AM

    According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, know to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

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  12. Chaitra9:41 AM

    Bananas are rich in melatonin, which is the chemical released by your body to help you sleep better. You can also whip up some of your favorite instant oatmeal with sliced bananas in it for a great-tasting warm snack a few hours before bedtime.

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  13. Vidula8:41 AM

    Eat a banana, the potassium with help reduce the pain for approx. 2-4hrs. When pain comes back eat another one.

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  14. Arundati10:22 AM

    Banana Moisturizes sensitive skin.
    Mash half of a ripe banana and apply it to clean, damp skin. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Wash well with warm water. Repeat once a week. The antioxidant vitamin A and skin-softening potassium in bananas moisturize gently

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  15. Anonymous9:12 AM

    Dizziness: eat a banana at the first symptom of fainting.
    Nausea: prepare a ripe banana mash and eat.
    Cough: boil a banana with a little bit of sugar or boil a banana and add a little bit of honey.

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  16. Anant9:39 AM

    Hypertension is very common and many people died because of it. But by simply eating bananas, you can beat hypertension. This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium and very low in salt, making it the perfect way to beat high blood pressure

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  17. Bhagirath8:17 AM

    Antifungal and antibiotic principles are found in the peel and pulp of fully ripe bananas. The antibiotic acts against Mycobacteria. A fungicide in the peel and pulp of green fruits is active against a fungus disease of tomato plants. Norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin are also present in the ripe peel and pulp. The first two elevate blood pressure; serotonin inhibits gastric secretion and stimulates the smooth muscle of the intestines.

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  18. Saraswati8:18 AM

    Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body s water-balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be re-balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

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  19. Krishna12:18 PM

    Study showed banana flower extract to have an antihyperglycemic action and antioxidant properties, comparatively more effective than glibenclamide.

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  20. Anonymous12:19 PM

    Young leaves used for cool dressing of inflammed and blistered surfaces and as cool application for headaches. Thinning hair: Apply the juice of the trunk to scalp. Cooked flower used for diabetes. Sap of the flower used for earaches. In traditional medicine in India, used for diabetes.•In South-Western Nigeria, green fruits used for diabetes

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  21. Waman9:45 AM

    Banana it will actually help relieve the coughing symptoms. As for the mucus, allow time for the body to heal naturally. The nutritional qualities of a banana will only help expedite the process.

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  22. Neena8:06 AM

    banana is great as a facial mask! it is loaded with potassium which is great for the skin

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  23. Radhika8:08 AM

    i used banana occasionaly. if you want,wash ur fash to get all the extra dirt and oil off. just mush up the banana in a bowl until a smooth paste. then spread it onto ur face but not too much though or it would be a waste. after 10-20 mins rinse it off with warm water then cold water to close the pores. i think you could also put honey in with the banana but i never did it before. you could then store the left overs in the fridge but you should use it again quickly or it will spoil.

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  24. Anonymous10:14 AM

    If you like banana see what type of person you are:
    You are a softy! Loving, gentle, warm and sympathetic by nature is the banana lover. You often lack in self-confidence and are quite timid by nature. People often take advantage of your sweet temper, and sheer vulnerability to a situation. You adore your partner in every which way, both for their mental and physical beauty! Because of the way you are, your relationship is always very much in harmony!

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  25. Surekha10:08 AM

    Bananas are difficult to digest, and so your stomach is probably working hard to break them down, and producing a lot of stomach acid which could lead to pain.I know this because I went to the dentist recently and I swallowed a swab of anaesthetic which the doctor told me paralysed my stomach. This meant my stomach wasn't moving and digesting the food properly and I felt sick and bloated. When I told the doctor I had been eating bananas he told me that they are hard to digest.

    If you are full, don't eat a banana, and avoid fatty and sugary foods as they increase the amount of acid your stomach produces.

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  26. Prajwal11:42 AM

    High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

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  27. Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain & regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

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  28. Anonymous11:49 AM

    Bananas are also bad - especially for people who get migraines or bad headaches - eating just one banana a day can seriously increase migraine pain and length.

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  29. Miranda8:12 AM

    All parts of the banana plant have medicinal applications: the flowers in bronchitis and dysentery and on ulcers; cooked flowers are given to diabetics; the astringent plant sap in cases of hysteria, epilepsy, leprosy, fevers, hemorrhages, acute dysentery and diarrhea, and it is applied on hemorrhoids, insect and other stings and bites.

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  30. Netra8:13 AM

    High in iron, bananas are believed to stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

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  31. Joseph8:17 AM

    If you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

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  32. Bananas Can Lower Blood Pressure,Bananas Are An Aid of Giving Up Smoking

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  33. Sharat9:26 AM

    Bananas Help Prevent Charley Horses,Strengthen Eye Sight.

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  34. Pushkar9:28 AM

    never put bananas in refrigerator, eat freshly…

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  35. Kanaka9:13 AM

    Eat a banana! Apparently, bananas have chemicals that can help you fall asleep!

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  36. Bhavani8:34 AM

    Stem of banana plant – cut into thin slices to remove inedible fibre, keep in diluted buttermilk overnight. Remove, chop finely, add coconut ground with green chili, add curds and salt – flushes out hair in stomach and prevents/cures urinary stones.

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  37. Anjali11:58 AM

    Banana is good for our living eat one a day and help yourself, keep ur self away from illness (sickness) banana, unlike other fruit is more of carbohydrate.

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  38. Swarna12:06 PM

    The nutritional value of banana makes it useful for weight gain as well as weight loss, constipation, bowel problems, anemia, blood pressure, heart problems, ulcers, brain stimulation, depression, nervous disorders, stress, morning sickness, menstruation, etc.

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  39. Madhuri7:32 AM

    Because of its fiber (Pectin) content it relieves constipation and diarrhea. It converts the harmful bacteria into harmless bacteria.

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  40. Shravani7:34 AM

    Banana is helpful for preventing the indigestion and also for the healing of ulcers in the stomach.

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  41. The nutritional value of banana makes it useful for weight gain as well as weight loss, constipation, bowel problems, anemia, blood pressure, heart problems, ulcers, brain stimulation, depression, nervous disorders, stress, morning sickness, menstruation, etc.

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  42. Bharat11:49 AM

    The hot food when put on the banana leaves, absorbs the essential vitamins from the leaves and adds to our meal.

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  43. bananas are source for high carbohydrates. Through one fruit, 27 grams of carbohydrates are availed on an average. They are digested slowly. So, those who are wishing to get slimmer should take only one banana.

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  44. Bhavana12:31 PM

    Banana’s Stem helps to cool the body. Therefore consumption twice a week is recommended.

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  45. Salitri10:50 AM

    You could probably use it like a lip balm which would be good because it has vitamins and stuff in it. Banana skins are also good for cleaning shoes, I know that's not what you wanted to know but it could be use full. You could maybe use it to smooth your eyebrows too.

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  46. Mahesh12:00 PM

    they contain potassium which makes your muscles work, because your hearts a muscle if u lack in potassium your heart can stop at any time with no warning. You loose potassium threw vomiting and diahrria so if your ill bananas are great also tomatoes

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  47. Food Expert10:03 AM

    It is highly rich in vitamins and minerals which helps in keeping you fit and healthy round the year. It advocates digestion and bowel movements and contributes to maintaining blood pressure, cholesterol level and anxiety as well.

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  48. Expert1:50 PM

    Banana is allergic for people with bronchitis / asthma / eosonophile problem and also people having throat problem.

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  49. the banana peel could aid weight loss and boost your immune system AND your mood..“It contains high amounts of vitamin B6 and B12, as well as magnesium and potassium, and some fibre and protein.Vitamin B6 helps the body’s immune system do it’s thing, improving the health or your brain and heart, and it normalises blood sugar levels. B12 also supports and brain and nervous system while antioxidents found in the skin can help speed up your metabolism – brilliant if you’re trying to lose a few pounds.

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