His records describe how wonderful he thought they were, and were likely the first written description of them. But, archaeological records indicate bananas were being cultivated long before Alexander came into contact with them.
Bananas are a must-have fruit to maintain in your homeopathic medicine chest. For me, that’s not difficult because they really are one of my favs.
When it comes to health benefits, get ready, it’s a big list!
Specialty diet substitution. For folks who don't do dairy, bananas are an inexpensive and healthy alternative ingredient for several popular recipes, such as freezing and blending them into a "nice cream" and puddings.
Muscle spasms and cramps. Bananas usually provide effective and fast relief to both. No fancy prep needed. Just eat them and let them get to work. They’re good at this because they’re rich in potassium and magnesium.
Their magnesium content is also why the inside of their peeling/skin makes an awesome organic option to whiten and brighten your teeth. You just rub the inside of the peeling on your teeth, kinda like you’d use your toothbrush.
I have a close friend and colleague in Texas, a nurse, who retired a while back. Two things she had a passion for was smoking cigarettes and drinking diet cola.
We got together for dinner once, after not seeing each other for a few weeks. In just a few moments of chatting, I noticed her teeth were remarkably whiter. I told her so and she explained that she’d been doing the banana peel rubs to whiten them. I was sincerely amazed at the difference and asked her how long it’d taken for them to get as white as they were.
She said she’d been doing the banana peel rubs only three days.
The outside of the peel works well to polish shoes, purses, briefcases, etcetera. Maybe even your auto’s dash area.
Altho it’s not a common practice here in North America, in other countries folks eat the peeling as well as the inner flesh.
For those of you who tend to suffer with the blues, bananas may be just the fruit to get the pep back in your step and switching out the dark moods for brighter ones. They have high levels of tryptophan, which converts to serotonin, your body’s natural mood enhancer. Yup, bananas make a sweet gift for crabby people!
They’re a great source of B6 vitamin, which helps with things like weight loss, strengthening the nervous system and helping to maintain sugars for folks with type II diabetes. They’re good for strengthening bones and boosting blood cell production. That’s a good one to note for people who are troubled with anemia and osteoporosis.
In helping with digestion, bananas are high in pectin, so they chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body. They’re natural antacids and probiotics, aid in the natural development of good bacteria in the gut.
For those who suffer from constipation or even spastic colon, bananas provide powerful medication to help bring balance to sensitive digestive systems and stop the symptoms of heartburn, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Here’s more skinny on the skin ...
In researching benefits of bananas, I found that many people report they use banana peels to reduce skin lines and wrinkles, inflammation and acne symptoms. Some say they can also provide relief to skin irritated due to bug bites and psoriasis.
If you buy them from a basic grocer, wash them well because they’re often subjected to large amounts of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
My best advice is to grow your own. Believe it or not, they’re pretty easy to grow and care for, even indoors. There are several dwarf varieties to choose from and the plants are total eye candy! Kinda like having a real, live, and usable aspect of the tropics in your house, if you live in a non-tropical area.
In Texas, we had a beautiful banana tree on the property at one of the funeral homes I worked with for several years. During warmer seasons, it produced small and delicious bananas, if it wasn’t cut back in winter, all the way to the ground. If just a few inches of the plant were left, it would produce fruit the following summer.
For more information on how to grow your own bananas, here’s a couple articles for you, written by another colleague, close friend and master gardener, Vicki Warner of WarnerWords.
🍌 Going Bananas
🍌 Going Bananas 2
Vicki has successfully managed organic, producing gardens in several countries with a variety of climates around the globe. She now resides on Canada’s beautiful Sunshine Coast, which is experiences four distinctive seasons. Sometimes they include periods of drought, heavy rain, with temperatures ranging from bitter cold to hot.
Even with the diversity, her little banana plant is thriving.
☙ ... and an amazing method for making vegan fried chicken via Mary’s Test Kitchen in the vid below. WARNING! The stuff looks delicious and addictive!
This weekend, many families in the USA will be observing our national Memorial Day holiday. From flashPress, I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to those who have selflessly served my country, including my father, aunts, uncles and cousins, spanning three centuries of military service.
Be safe out there this weekend and big cyber-hugs to my fellow military, and USMC brats. May God bless and keep you.
Shalom and Semper Fi
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