On some nights, falling asleep can seem hopeless. Your body knows it’s time for bed, but your mind just won’t oblige. Sure, you could rely on medication to help you fall asleep, but would you believe there’s a better way? With this neat recipe, you can skip the meds and opt for solution that’s far more natural.

Believe it or not, the best cure for restlessness is sitting right in your pantry. In fact, you probably already have everything you need to make this remedy tonight. This homemade remedy is sure to help you get to sleep in a jiffy—and all it takes is one organic banana!

Just about everyone has likely spent a night or two lying hopelessly awake, watching the clock tick. When you can’t sleep and you don’t want to take a pill, it can really make you envy those who seem to catch Zs any time, anywhere!

Most people would prefer safe and all-natural methods to fall asleep. But when you’re fighting insomnia, counting sheep doesn’t really work—and a person can only drink so many cups of chamomile tea. What to do?

Well, there is one thing you can try, and it’s probably the last thing you’d expect! Ready? It’s… a banana! A boiled banana, to be exact. If it looks or sounds unappealing, don’t worry—it’s actually quite brilliant.

You can try all sorts of treatments for your sleeplessness, but the truth is that the best solution is right in the produce aisle. So, how exactly can a boiled banana work to cure your sleepy time woes?

The first thing you’ll need to know is that you can’t use any ordinary banana: it needs to be organic. Usually, you don’t need to worry about buying organic bananas since you don’t eat the thick skin, but organic (like the one pictured here) is the best choice for this recipe…

For this concoction, it’s better to go the organic route because, as you’ll quickly see, the peel of this fruit becomes central to the recipe. Since you’re not tossing the peel, you’ll want it to be free of pesticides and other toxins.

Got your organic banana? Great! The first thing you’ll want to do is wash off the fruit. Since you’re not throwing away the peel here, you’ll want it nice and clean. Remember: you’ll be boiling it! So any dirt and grime on the peel will be in your sleeping remedy—ick!

Run the banana under some cool water and scrub it with a clean brush if you have one. Feel free to use an all-natural fruit wash as well! Now, you’re ready to make your magic (and totally safe) sleeping potion.

Once your organic banana is washed and scrubbed, go ahead and grab a sharp knife. You’ll want to slice off both ends of the fruit here—this includes the stem and the tough end at the bottom.

You don’t have to cut off too much—just to the point where the banana starts getting thick. If you’re confused about how far to cut into your banana, no more than inch on either end is a safe way to go.

Next, you’ll need to start boiling your water. There’s no exact science to the amount of water needed, but most of the recipe-makers for banana tea recommend about three cups of water.

If you use less water, you might not have enough tea to drink. On the other hand, if you add too much water, you’ll dilute the overall effects of the tea. You definitely don’t want to do that!

Once the water starts to boil, set your banana into the pot and let it cook for 10 minutes. This step is crucial: the flavor of the banana and the magnesium in the peel will be extracted through the boiling process.

Boiling your banana is good for a couple of reasons. Not only is the banana flavor pretty delicious on its own, but the magnesium in the banana’s peel is what actually helps you to fall asleep!

Once 10 minutes have passed, remove the banana from the boiling water and let it sit for another 10 minutes. It’s just like steeping a tea bag at this point. The banana might look tempting to handle, but it will also be exceptionally hot! Don’t toss the water, either—you’ll need it!

Once your banana has cooled down a bit, you can actually eat the whole fruit—peel included. It acts as both a late-night snack and as an additional sleep aid due to the magnesium. If boiled banana isn’t exactly your favorite snack, you can just throw it away…

Of course, the real key to this trick is what’s left over once you’ve removed the banana from the boiling water. Let that water cool down, and voila! That’s your banana tea! It might not look like much, but sipping it works wonders.

The tea has a subtle banana taste—nothing too overpowering—but you can add a touch of cinnamon for an extra kick of flavor. Try to stay away from added sugar, though; that will only pep you up.

So, what do you think of this banana tea trick? Admittedly, boiling your bananas might not sound all that appealing, but it really does result in an edible concoction that will help you relax and fall asleep in no time.

For a quick step-by-step guide to making your own banana tea, watch the video below. It’s not complicated, and once you try it out for yourself, you’ll find that getting to sleep is a cinch!

Who would’ve thought that banana tea could be the answer to your sleeping woes? Will you sip a cup before bed tonight?

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