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Who doesn’t love bananas? They are delicious and can enhance many breakfast and dessert ideas. But did you know that you can make banana tea and that this tea has the potential to help you sleep?
Whether you’ve been tossing and turning at night or you just want a relaxing experience before bed, banana sleep tea could be a great addition to your night routine. Or maybe not, but there’s one way to find out…
“Banana Sleep Tea” – What’s The Deal?
Banana tea is a very simple tea to make and only requires a few ingredients that you might already have in your kitchen. By now, you may be wondering how that bananas will help you sleep.
Bananas, especially the peels, contain potassium and magnesium. While magnesium helps prevent sleep disturbances, both magnesium and potassium work together to help relax muscles.
In addition to that, and perhaps the most important aspect, is simply the relaxing and calming ritual of tea in general, that’s not even specific to banana tea for sleep. Your body can learn that when you start to wind down and make your tea, it’s time to get ready for bed. These types of routines can be very influential in training our brains to recognize when its bedtime.
The tea itself takes less than 10 minutes to fix and can be consumed every night if you wish.
Banana Tea Recipe
Here’s how to make it and what you’ll need to make it. It’s all super ez-pz.
What you will need:
- 1 banana
- 1 small pot of water and a kettle to boil it
- A bit of cinnamon (though this ingredient is optional)
How to Make Banana Tea
- Cut off both ends of the banana and place it, peel and all, into boiling water. Boil it for around 10 minutes.
- You should probabally rinse the peel. Since most people just discard it, we’re not used to washing our bananas, but since we’re actually going to be adding the whole shebang to our boiling water, it’s not a bad idea (even thought the water is boiling anyways…)
- Using a colander, pour the water into a mug. If you like the spice, sprinkle the cinnamon into the tea.
- Try to drink the tea one hour before bedtime.
- After the banana has been boiled, sprinkle some cinnamon over it. Eating the gooey fruit and its peel along with the tea will increase its soothing effects. It also makes for a delicious, healthy dessert that has benefits for you.
The Benefits of Potassium and Magnesium
By now, most people know through scientific research that bananas are plentiful in potassium and magnesium. But did you also know that potassium and magnesium are beneficial for the nervous system. In addition to this fact, magnesium is the most important mineral for muscle relaxation and can reduce muscle cramps and other aches.
Want to know another interesting fact? Did you also know that when you are stressed the first mineral that decreases in your body is actually magnesium?
Believe it or not, the cinnamon added in the tea is not just for taste, even though it is optional. Cinnamon is beneficial because it is a good way to balance blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels are balanced, your hormones are healthy and allows for better sleep. If your blood sugar levels are off, then you may have energy at night, making you tired during the day.
Of course, no solution is ever perfect. The downside to actually consuming the banana peels is that they are hard to digest. So, if you have stomach issues, I would stick with the tea by itself. The tea will not harm you, unless you’re allergic to bananas.
Unfortunately, banana tea is not a very popular flavor you will find on store shelves. So, you’ll more than likely have to make it yourself. However, the upside to this is that there are no processed ingredients for you to consume.