Rolled oats are one of the few foods that comes in a package and is actually healthy for you. They taste great on a cold morning while heading to work and even better sitting in front of the fireplace with a nice cup of coffee. However, I’d be willing to bet that oatmeal has some surprising uses that your completely unaware of. Instead of just using oatmeal for a nutritious breakfast (It’s actually one of my Top 5 Breakfast Choices), what if you could use it to solve other health and household problems? The good news is, YOU CAN! Here are seven surprising ways oatmeal can be used to help improve your life.
Oatmeal Can Be Used to Treat Acne
If you are a teenager addled with acne and you prefer eating a Pop-Tart, rather than tossing out the oatmeal mom tries to make you eat for breakfast. Instead, let it cool and then spread it over your problem skin. Let it wait for about 10 minutes and then rinse. This old remedy has some sound logic, according to the research foundation. Oatmeal can remove and absorb oil and bacteria from skin and exfoliate dead skin cells, all of that can fight acne. Tea tree oil and honey are helpful additives too.
Oatmeal Relieves Pain From Poison Ivy or Chicken Pox
If poison ivy, chicken pox or even sunburn makes you itch like crazy, try an oatmeal bath. Grind oats or oat flour into a fine powder, and then pour it into cheesecloth or an old but clean piece of pantyhose. Tie it around the bathtub faucet and draw a tepid bath and periodically squeeze the water into the tub or rub the pouch straight on the itchy skin.
Oatmeal Can Help Lower Your Stress
You do not need to get poison ivy to have an excuse for an oatmeal bath. Experts suggest adding 1 cup of milk, 2 cups of oats and 1 tbsp of honey to the bath to moisturize the skin and relax the body. You can also use scented oils in a ground oatmeal pouch, as described in the chicken pox paragraph above.
Oatmeal is the Ultimate Diet Helper
Replace all flour with homemade oat flour by grinding oats in a processor for baking pancakes, cookies and quick breads. You get two times more fiber so you feel fuller with fewer calories.
Oatmeal Can Cure General Skin Problems
You can also make oatmeal scrub or oatmeal soap and, of course, pricey commercial oatmeal skin products are also available for tackling other skin problems. An option is to grind two tbsp of oatmeal into a powder in a blender. Then add a tsp of baking soda and enough water to make a thick paste. Spread on a clean, dry face and rinse after 15 minutes. It is recommended doing a patch test first, as your skin can be sensitive to the baking soda.
Oatmeal Can Help Fight Exhaustion
Oatmeal is not just good for ailing skin. You can make a rejuvenating and soothing facial mask right in your own kitchen. One digest book offers the following recipe: Blend a half cup hot water with 1/3 cup oatmeal for three or four minutes, then add two tbsp each plain honey and yogurt, plus an egg white. Spread thinly on your face, then relax for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Oatmeal Can Serve As an Exercise Booster
Eat some oatmeal pancakes for a better training. Do not believe it? Researchers have found that oatmeal boosts endurance if eaten about two hours before workout. Oats trigger your body to burn fat more quickly for fueling muscles.