What Happens if You Pour Hot Water Over a Banana?
The last time I wrote about the different teas that can help improve sleep, I included banana tea in the list. Back then, I didn’t expect anyone to be interested in it. After all, I simply included it because it’s one of my go-to sleep remedies. But I was quite amazed when many of you expressed interest in this underrated yet wonderful tea.
So to give you a more in-depth idea about the benefits, wonders, and how to make a banana tea, I’ve written this supplementary article.
Why is Banana Tea Good for Sleep?
Banana is a rich source of potassium, magnesium, and tryptophan. Potassium and magnesium are minerals that are associated with better sleep. These minerals improve the length of your sleep as well as the quality. So you can be assured of a restful slumber at night. Moreover, it helps relax the muscles so that your sleep will be as calm as possible.
Meanwhile, tryptophan is an amino acid. This amino acid plays an important role in the production of serotonin and melatonin, two hormones that help induce sleep.
Other Benefits of Banana Tea
Potassium, which is found in bananas, helps in the regulation of body fluids. Thus, ensuring balance in the body.
One cause of bloating and water retention in the body is sodium. Along with the water content in bananas, potassium may counter the effects of sodium in the body by telling your kidneys to pass out more salt through urination.
Helps in managing sugar levels
Though bananas are sweet and contain sugars, it is still one of the best sweet drinks ever. When you brew the banana tea, only a small and insignificant amount of sugar is released to act as a natural sweetener. Substituting sodas and other sugary drinks with banana tea is a step closer to living a healthy life.
Supports heart health
The potassium and magnesium found in bananas help lower and manage high blood pressure. Untreated high blood pressure may lead to increased heart disease and stroke. Moreover, bananas are also rich in catechins, another antioxidant, which may help lower the risk of developing heart disease.
How to Make a Banana Tea
What You Need:
- Whole banana or banana peel
- 1 ¼ cup of water
- Optional (choose one): cinnamon, maple syrup, vanilla extract, or milk
Whole Banana Preparation
- Gently and thoroughly wash a whole banana with running water. This is to ensure that you remove germs and chemicals that are present in the peel. To avoid chemicals such as fertilizers, I always opt to get organic bananas.
- Cut both ends of the banana.
- Boil the water in a small saucepan. Once boiling, add the banana to it. If the banana is too big for the saucepan, you can cut it in half. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove the pan from heat. Strain the banana and enjoy your tea. You can add optional ingredients to it such as cinnamon for better taste.
Using Banana Peel
If you are controlling your sugar levels and you find the above preparation too sweet, then you can forego using the fruit. Another option for blood sugar management is using the banana peel only. Simply follow the same steps indicated above while using banana peel instead of the whole fruit.
This preparation will be less sweet, but still a good drink for a relaxing sleep.
Drink this banana tea an hour before your bedtime to give it enough time to take effect.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to have a banana at night?
Having a banana at night has been a subject of intense debate for as long as I can remember. Some experts said that it is okay to eat a banana at night time, while some are against it. Generally speaking, eating a banana at night is safe and can help promote sleep. However, according to Ayurvedic medicine, it is best to avoid the fruit at night time as it can increase the risk of developing coughs and colds, or increase the symptoms if you already have it.
Hence, on a personal note, I tend to make tea instead of eating one whole fruit. I still get the nutrients and the benefits that bananas have to offer for sleep but without the heavy feeling of digesting a whole fruit.
Can I eat banana peel?
Yes, you can! Banana peels are edible and healthy. There are several ways to eat a banana peel. A few eat it raw or blend it with other fruits to make a smoothie. Most people I know, however, prefer to eat banana peels that are cooked. So you can either boil or fry them.
If you hate to chuck out that banana after making the tea and you do not mind eating a banana at night, then you can make a snack from this recipe. Simply cut the banana into pieces, sprinkle some cinnamon and you’re in for a delicious treat!
How to properly wash a banana?
Washing a banana (or any fruits) under running water is enough. Some people use mild soap in washing some produce. However, this is not advisable. It is important to wash the fruits and vegetables that we are eating properly. This practice will help reduce microbes and keep us a lot healthier.
A banana tea helps in promoting a good night of sleep. This tea is very easy to make and offers many health benefits. So if you are up and awake, make this simple tea. It’ll promote rest and relaxation so that you can get the sleep you deserve after a long tiring day.
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Question?? Can I use freeze-dried or dehydrated banana chips instead of fresh banana??
Yes, you can also freeze or dehydrate bananas or banana peels to have on hand for this tea.
Doesn’t boiling/hot water destroy the magnesium?
That’s what I was kind of thinking too. Heating typically denatures vitamins and minerals.
Hi Kathleen and Vanessa,
This is approximately how much Magnesium, Calcium, and Potassium you can find in a banana:
Test Magnesium Calcium Potassium
Ripe banana peels 2.31 ± 0.44 6.01 ± 0.27 9.83 ± 1.17
Unripe banana peels 11.02 ± 1.44 3.04 ± 0.06 9.89 ± 1.17
All amounts reported are mg of a mineral per 100g of the peel.
Minerals are highly stable nutrients that generally remain unchanged when they’re exposed to heat. For this reason, dry-heat cooking methods don’t affect a banana’s magnesium content. But, yes, water — particularly boiling water — can leach some amount of minerals from food, including magnesium.
Overall, Banana Tea is a good remedy for sleep because it also contains 5-HT and 5-HTP, the latter being a naturally occurring amino acid and chemical precursor as well as a metabolic intermediate in the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin from tryptophan.
If you specifically want more magnesium, you would be better off using supplements.
A very interesting and helpful article; I want to share it with my friends and relatives, but there is no provision in your page to do so. Why is this?
Copy the webpage from the address bar and share it that way.
If you see a print pdf, I just hit that, hit make pdf and then save the file making it sendable to anyone.
Juan, you can follow them on Facebook so it possibly could be shared that way. See the very bottom of this article
You can easily copy and paste the website to send to anyone. Or use the PDF function provided and send that to them. I definitely understand wanting to share, I’ve done it often with the articles here.
Is there any natural remedies for blood clots thank you 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
You can try:
– Trumeric: The active compound present in turmeric known as curcumin works on the blood platelets to prevent clots.
– Garlic: has sulphur compounds that are known to melt blood clots. Consume one raw garlic clove in the morning for effective results.
– Cayenne: Cayenne peppers are natural blood thinners and have an effective impact on your body due to the presence of salicylates in them.
– Chia Seeds and Flax Seeds: These tiny seeds are full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids that help in preventing blood clots and improve blood circulation.
– Ginger is another anti-inflammatory spice that may stop blood clotting. It contains a natural acid called salicylate.
– Cinnamon contains coumarin, a powerful blood-thinning agent. Warfarin, the most commonly used blood-thinning drug, is derived from coumarin.
– Gingko thins the blood and has fibrinolytic effects, according to some sources. This means it may dissolve blood clots.
Does an unripe banana have the same amount of potassium and magnesium as a ripe one?
The amounts of potassium and magnesium are different.
Please see the table below:
Type of Banana Magnesium / Calcium / Potassium
Ripe banana peels 2.31 ± 0.44 / 6.01 ± 0.27 / 9.83 ± 1.17
Unripe banana peels 11.02 ± 1.44 / 3.04 ± 0.06 / 9.89 ± 1.17
Do one of these three minerals found in bananas trigger the body (the kidneys) to release sodium?
Thank you for this article. It confirms what I’ve experienced with bananas and sleep.
Can the boiled banana be used the following day for say a smoothie?
By boiling, the banana can leach some amount of minerals from food, including magnesium. But of course, you can use it, especially for taste.
How long do you boil the banana???
Boil the water in a small saucepan. Once boiling, add the banana to it. If the banana is too big for the saucepan, you can cut it in half. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Can you provide more detailed instructions on how to wash a banana and other fruits. You state that some people use soap and water then go on to say that that is not advisable. Can you explain. Thank you.
Just gently and thoroughly wash the banana with running water.
There are formaldehyde agents present in detergent, soap water, and sanitizers. If consumed, they are harmful and can cause irritation in the bowels. That’s why is advised not to wash the fruits and vegetable with soap.
I find this a tasty tea before bed! I do add a couple of slices of ginger to the water with the banana peel.
Wanted to say thank you for your wonderful book! I’ve already used two of the suggestions and they both worked Great! I’ve had insomnia for years, but the banana trick works like a charm! I make the tea about an hour before bed, and sleep all night! Thank you, thank you!
I also tried the ginger tea for an upset stomach that worked right away. My usual go to remedy (pepto bismal) did nothing. But the ginger tea……awesome. thanks again.
It seems like putting the whole unpeeled banana in the boiling water wouldn’t be necessary. Aren’t you just getting the nutrients from the banana peel if it’s unpeeled? Would it not be equally effective to just use the banana peel?
Also, could you make a double dose of tea with the one banana and preserve the second serving for the next day? or would the nutrients be depleted after 24 hours?
Do you eat the peels too? 😳