Banana leaves are widespread in tropical countries and regions like Southeast Asia, South Asia, Polynesia, and the Caribbean, thanks to the warm climate which makes its widespread distribution possible. Indeed, one can see banana leaves almost anywhere one turns the head around, especially in rural areas.
The wide distribution area of banana leaves has also been integrated into everyday utilization, particularly in villages where the local traditions are still strong. For example, in cooking banana leaves can be used for food preparation, body treatments, facial treatments, decorations, religious rituals, among others. These below are some useful information and advantages of banana leaves, including the benefits of banana leaves on face
What are Some of the Uses of Banana Leaves?
Being large, flexible, waterproof yet durable, banana leaves are among the most multipurpose plants there is.
Banana leaves have large presence in Southeast Asian, Indian, Polynesian, Latin American as well as Caribbean cuisine because they add aroma plus flavor to the food it contains while protecting the food from burns or infections.
In religious rituals, banana leaves have decorative and symbolic purposes as seen in Buddhist as well as Hindu pooja ceremonies or offerings to the gods. For skincare, banana leaves can be used as a body wrapping during spa, as seen in traditional Indian spa, or skin treatments for wounds, burns, or acne.
What are its Health Benefits?
- Banana Leaves Contain Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG)
Banana leaves have epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. EGCG is a type of polyphenol common to those found inside green tea leaves. EGCG is considered to be a family member of catechins, with 3 phenol rings and of course outstanding antioxidant properties.
- Banana Leaves Have Amazingly Strong Antioxidant Levels
In line with the point above, banana leaves contain strong antioxidant levels, which come in the form of epigallocatechin gallate or otherwise known as EGCG. Since EGCG is an antioxidant, its job is to protect the body cells from experiencing oxidative damage caused by free radicals. For skin, free radicals cause impurities as well as premature aging, which may flaw one’s facial appearances as well as self-esteem.
- Banana Leaves are Usable for Skincare
Everyday dermatological issues and conditions, such as eczema, wounds or sunburn affect the skin’s overall appearance and texture. The good news is that, all of them can be cured with banana leaves. For sunburn, all one needs is a soaked banana leaf on cold water and apply it on the affected area.
And next there is also the special Balinese body wrap treatment that uses predominantly banana leaves. This particular type of skincare is mixed with green tea clay to re-hydrate, rejuvenate and replenish the skin. More of these will be discussed below.
- Banana Leaves Provide Treatment to the Hair
Next, banana leaves also provide hair treatment in terms of removing dandruff. As one is aware, dandruff not only causes discomfort by making the scalp itchy and red, it also leads to psychological issues such as a significant decrease in self-esteem, and public perception towards ourselves.
In addition, banana leaves are also proven to be able to maintain our natural hair colour, thanks to the astringent and allantoin properties it carries. Dandruff can be gradually gotten rid of by using hair masks made out of fresh banana leaf juice.
- Banana Leaves Treat Common Skin Problems
Here is the medicinal property from banana leaves. In relation to point number 3, banana leaves can also act as a remedy for treating more serious skin problems, such as rashes caused by allergic reactions, insect bites, bee stings, insect, spider or ant bites, as well as other forms of and irritation.
This make banana leaves to be labeled as “the natural eraser.” Perhaps banana leaves could come in ready in case there is no insect repellent lotions around or during the unavailability of nearby medical treatments.
- Banana Leaves Support Skin Growth
Skin growth with the help of banana leaves become possible thanks to the chemical compound it has inside known as the Allantoin. Allantoin is a common ingredient inside plant leaves, including the ones from banana tree, and can be found as an active ingredient for cosmetic lotions and creams.
Allantoin when applied to the skin help to make healing a faster process, kill germs as well as stimulating the growth of new skin layers. When one applies it into the face, it helps to get rid of impurities and refreshes it almost perfectly.
- Banana Leaves Protects the Skin
The green colour of banana leaves act as a protective layer to keep the skin away from harmful ultraviolet rays and promotes the flow of energy towards various parts of the body. It is that energy that supports the rejuvenation of tissues, muscles and organs. By using banana leaf as a protective layer, one can gain ultimate relaxation as well as rejuvenation.
- Banana Leaves are Nearly Chemical Free
Here is the final benefit of banana leaves on face. Being low in chemicals, that makes the banana leaf to be healthy as it gets applied into the skin. On the other hand, banana’s hygienic properties only require a brief water rinse for sterilization, before it is indicated safe for use on the skin or face.
Banana Leaf Therapy
This is a therapy based on the ancient Indian technique of Nadipathy. It greatly supports body detoxification by flushing away toxins from the body. This form of therapy leads to a peace of mind, total relaxation and rejuvenation, thanks to the layers of banana leaves that protect the body from harmful sun rays and support the flow of energy into tissues, muscles and organs.
The banana leaf is a wonderful detoxification therapy without any known side effects and remarkable effects on the body and soul. This therapy works by entirely covering the patients’ body using layers of full-size banana leaves as the patients lay down on the ground facing the sun for a period of time.
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