Banana tea for insomnia?

MaryRowe Posts: 736 ✭✭✭✭

This is a new one on me! Seems like it would be easier to use herbs. But I guess if you didn't have the herbs on hand and did have a banana....


  • kfoto
    kfoto Posts: 108 ✭✭✭

    @MaryRowe I’m not sure id agree this is a remedy for a good night sleep. One I can’t get around the thought of drinking bananas. Maybe eating as a dessert after dinner but there’s a ton of sugar in bananas. I would definitely go with herbs with no sugar for a better sleep. Many teas and massage oils that can be created with herbs. I just keep shivering thinking of how slimy banana water would be. If I was in a banana country this might be different.

  • MaryRowe
    MaryRowe Posts: 736 ✭✭✭✭

    @kfoto Yeah...I know....Usually this gal has practical household hints in her newsletter--recipes for homemade cleaners, creative uses for everyday items and such. But this one seemed a bit bizarre. I was wondering if anyone had ever heard of doing it before. I don't see the benefits of using a banana instead of herbs, unless it's for the potassium and magnesium she mentions.

  • kfoto
    kfoto Posts: 108 ✭✭✭

    @MaryRowe if will be fun to see if anyone here has done this. I’d make a herb magnesium essential oil massage blend for night. Especially the older generation, my mom has had some trauma and gets leg cramps at night. So this would be a good study.

  • Cornelius
    Cornelius Posts: 872 ✭✭✭✭

    I saw something similar once from Nicole Apelian Ph. D. but I think she made a tea using the peel (if I recall correctly it has tryptophan in it which can make you sleepy).

  • JodieDownUnder
    JodieDownUnder Posts: 1,481 admin

    @MaryRowe &. @Cornelius i saw the same thing about banana peel- Nicole Apelian. I do wonder about chemical on the banana peel though!

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,408 admin

    I am not a banana fan. I will eat them but not often and I don't like the flavour added to things. So this remedy is not for me. Can't imagine how bad a tea would be on my taste buds.

    Bananas are high in fibre, potassium and vitamin B6, so they are very good for us. Not sure about bedtime, though, with the amount of sugar and carbs. I know they are recommended for people that are working extremely hard in hot conditions to relieve cramping.

    I'm with @JodieDownUnder on the cautions on banana peels. Even if bananas are grown organically, many countries have regulations that require all produce from certain countries be sprayed before clearing customs.

    All in all, I would much prefer an herbal tea rather than banana.