The Amazing Magical healing and Cleaning BANANA

The Good Life Letter
18th July 2010

  • Why bananas are actually one of the
    greatest medicines in the world
  • Great for high blood pressure, depression
    and even for hangovers and warts
  • But did you also know you could use them
    for polishing wood and leather - and for
    removing scratches from CD?!

Our dear Ray, as I'm sure you know, is such a fan of lemons that he
has not only written a book about them, but even appeared on BBC
Radio 2 to sing its praises and wax lyrical about its uses.

With Ray out of the country and unable to fight back for his favourite
medicinal fruit, I thought I'd take the opportunity to put forward the
case for the highly medicinal and highly versatile banana.

If you are yet to be completely convinced by the medicinal attributes
of the banana then how about this? The banana plant is not actually a
tree at all but the world's largest herb!

And what a big herb it is! No wonder then that the humble banana is
such a good medicine for all kinds of conditions including high blood
pressure, anaemia, ulcers, depression and hangovers.

What I have also been amazed to find out recently is how useful it can
be for cleaning around the house and for fertilizing the garden. I have
even found instructions for using banana to get rid or scratches on a

So why exactly is the banana such a powerful medicine?

It is highly possible that bananas contain active ingredients that
science has not yet put a name too. In the meantime, however, there's
plenty going on in that thick yellow mush that we understand already
- including vitamin B6 which is great for fatigue and premenstrual
symptoms and tryptophan for promoting sleep and easing depression.

Bananas, it would seem, are a natural soother and nourisher with re-
balancing properties. For whatever ails you, in fact, the banana may be able to help you.

So let's look into a few of it miraculous healing properties in detail,
working our way through the conditions or functions it's good for:

Allergies: There are believed to be chemicals in bananas that repel
allergies. If you believe you may be suffering from any kind of allergy
then trying eating one banana each day.

Anaemia: Because bananas are high in iron, they can stimulate the
production of haemoglobin in the blood.

Blood Pressure: If you've been told to stay off the salt then
grabbing yourself a banana is a perfect snack for you. Not only are
they low in salt, but they're high in potassium as well. In fact, they're
so positively good for those suffering from high blood pressure that
the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana
industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk
of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: Thanks again to the high content of potassium,
bananas can assist learning by making students more alert. By
reducing irritability, it also makes the brain more clear and ready for

Constipation (and diarrhea): Because bananas are high in fibre,
they can be useful in helping to restore normal bowel action. As they
are also believed to help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in
the intestine, they can be good for any imbalance or problems in
bowel function.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND
amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. The substance in bananas responsible for this mind-altering effect is a kind of protein called tryptophan that the body
converts into serotonin. Also known as the happy hormone, serotonin
can make you feel relaxed and happy.

Hangovers: One of the best ways of treating a hangover is to make
a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the
stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood
sugar levels. The milk also has a soothing effect and and tackles the

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body so if
you suffer from heart-burn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: When I was suffering from morning sickness
myself I remember that any advice about what to eat to stop it only
made me more nauseous at the thought of it. If you can manage a
banana between meals, however, it is supposed to help a lot!

Mosquito bites: Next time you get an insect bite, try rubbing it
with the inside of a banana skin instead of the normal cream. The
amazing banana also appears to have anti-inflammatory properties as well.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous

Ulcers: Because of its soft texture and smoothness, the banana is a
valuable food for those suffering from ulcers. It also neutralises over-
acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Warts and verrucas: It was actually the fact that both of my
children are currently suffering from verrucas at the moment (or
berrucas as the youngest insists on calling them) that inspired me to
write this email for you.

Having tried all the potions and expensive kits from the chemist that
did nothing but make them howl with pain, I was keen to find an
alternative solution that might work. Low and behold, I discovered
that the remedy most people swear by is a bit of a banana skin.

For three nights now the kids have gone to bed with a square of skin
taped to their feet and it does indeed seem to be doing the job. I will
report back with progress in a few weeks.

Uses around the home, garden and in the bathroom!

Great for boosting the growth of your rose bushes. Bury your banana skins about four inches deep into the ground. Tear themup first so they can get to work quicker.

Polish your shoes. Simply use the inside of the the peel to apply a
cleansing, buffing polish to your shoes. Then wipe clean and buff with
a lint-free cloth.

Polish wood furniture. Got an over-ripe banana sat in the fruit
bowl? Then use it to get a great finish on your wood furniture!

Get scratches off a CD. You remember how we were told that
CDs were better than records because they never scratched? What a lie that was. But help is at hand!

Here's what to do: Slice a banana lengthways down the middle,
keeping the skin on so that you can hold onto it. Now hold onto the
half of a banana and rub the fruit part all over your CD for about one
minute. Be sure that you get it into all of the surfaces on the CD. Do
this in a circular motion.

Next, turn the banana over and rub the peel on the CD in a circular
motion for a few seconds. Then use something like a window cleaner
and a paper towel to clean the remnants of the fruit off of the CD. 
I'm still to try this myself so this is hearsay only!

A fruity treat for dry, tired skin

Bananas are great at moisturising and nourishing your skin too. You
can whip up a simple softening and hydrating face pack with some
mashed banana and a spoonful of olive oil (leave on for half an hour).

Alternatively, for a whole body treatment, add four strawberries and a
few tablespoons of sugar to  banana and oil to make a revitalising
exfoliator. Mash up the banana and strawberries completely first then
mix in the olive oil followed by the sugar.

Now apply the mixture to your body in the shower and especially
elbows, knees and feet. Massage into your skin in a circular motion
for 3-5 minutes then let the mixture set for 3-5 additional minutes and
rinse away with warm water.

Also try as a mask for your hair. Great for bounce and
preventing split ends

I have been given hair treatments in the past with banana in them. So
why not go one better and just put banana on your hair?! Not only are
all the vitamins, potassium and oils it contains great for nourishing the
hair shaft, good old tryptophan is also know to be extremely beneficial
for hair and skin as well.

But what if you don't really LIKE eating bananas? 

Just one more final tip: If you're the kind of person who rarely feels
inclined to pick one out of the fruit bowl, try whizzing them up with
some other fruit in the liquidiser and drinking as a smoothie instead.


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