Top 15 Health Benefits of Oatmeal
Oatmeal has long been used as a vitality booster for one thing or the other. It was Scottish; who formally introduced this nature’s miracle to the rest of the world and enjoyed supping on it, while in today’s world; experts are still brewing on the endless health benefits of oatmeal which we can reap from this humble item.
Oatmeal is no longer merely a cereal, despite gaining strong fame for being part of the breakfast menu. Its amazing properties cater limitless possibilities to nourish your body and pump in the extra nutrients required where one’s hair and skin is concerned.
For instance it is really wonderful and worth using during the harsh winter spell, especially for dealing with cracked, dry skin and itchy scalp issues. Oatmeal rolled or even merely mixed with a banana or milk can help treat your problems and save you from the agony of hundreds of dollars’ spent on expensive exfoliating creams or face washes that could actually damage your skin or hair as opposed to actually helping you!
So read on and find out more about this humble but handy cereal!
Health Benefits of Using Oatmeal
1. OATMEAL AS A HEALTHY SNACK
Who doesn’t enjoy snacking on a warm bowl of sweet or even unsweetened oatmeal early in the morning or late at night? Oatmeal can make a wholesome, filling meal and also prevent gout- French for mid-meal snacking, a seriously disastrous habit for the fitness freaks!
Let’s not forget the wonders oatmeal does for people with Celiac disease (lactose intolerant), the kind of gluten that oatmeal contains means that people with this disease can easily consume it without falling prey to any sickness!
In addition to this, oatmeal can also be used in any of your favorite snacks- to make them more scrumptious and healthier; say as oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies or even hot oatmeal cookies which your kids are likely to find really tempting!
2. OATMEAL FOR TREATING ACNE
Though acne is a skin problem that mostly hits teenagers, it isn’t far from the truth to say that very often grown women also suffer from this affliction- however as worrisome as it may seem, there is now an easier way to treat it without having to resort to chemicals that will irritate your skin.
If you boil oatmeal and allow it to soften while it cools down to room temperature and use it on the affected areas of your skin, it is likely that your acne will soon fade away- using this method at least twice a week will not only be sure to eliminate bacteria but will also absorb oil, fight bacteria and exfoliate your skin!
3. OATMEAL FOR COMBATING DRY SKIN
Oatmeal can also be used to fight dull, flaky dryness as they possess polysaccharides which; when applied to the skin, coat it in a protective layer. The cereal is beneficial when it comes to treating peeling, flaking or itchy skin- all symptoms that usually hail the winter! In order to battle the dryness, one should make a facial mask by infusing milk in a mashed banana and then leaving on the paste on chapped skin areas for about twenty minutes every day.
Voila! The result is baby soft skin!
4. OATMEAL AS AN EXFOLIATOR
Quite often we’re forced to go for facials or use face washes which are actually harmful owing to the high content of chemicals in them. All this we bear just for our skin to keep glowing. However, fortunately nature’s made our lives easier. In order to choose the right organic method to eliminate the dead cell layer off the face, use oatmeal with a natural moisturizing agent like honey or milk and apply it generously on to the skin. Leave it on as you watch TV and when your wash your face after 15 minutes. After a few days’ use you will notice how your skin has started to glow.
5. OATMEAL REVERSING ITCHY SKIN
A very effective and simple method of using oatmeal is to ground it into a very fine powder and then mix it with warm water in order to form a paste that can be applied all over itchy skin- the skin will soften within minutes leaving you in calm and relaxed.
6. OATMEAL FOR SERIOUS SKIN CONDITIONS
Very often itchy or dry skin is also the result of serious health or genetic problems- in this case neuromatitis, which is a skin condition that is often characterized by very dry and itchy skin- however even this seemingly complex problem can now be combated via the aid of oatmeal! If you mix oatmeal with water or milk and then apply it as a paste, there is absolutely no doubt that in no time, your dry skin will be the same achy as earlier!
7. OATMEAL FOR SKIN LIGHTENING
Oatmeal is a brilliant idea where skin lightening is concerned. Skin lightening is a major issue that most South Asian women long for- and very often women from other parts of the world as well where texture and clearness of skin is concerned. In order to get lighter, fresher skin women very often thus opt for harmful face washes or potions or face creams that are detrimental in the long run- some may even in fact cause cancer! Oatmeal on the other hand because it is so organic and has natural healing properties can easily be rubbed or softly applied as a paste and used to soften and lighten one’s skin!
8. OATMEAL AGAINST POISON IVY
Poison ivy, Chicken pox are diseases and skin ailments which can leave one grumpy, unhappy and with extreme cases of itchiness! Oatmeal has always traditionally been a very good way of combating poison ivy or something like chicken pox because of its anti-itch, anti-inflammatory properties. In order to get rid of chicken pox itchiness for instance, one should grind oatmeal into a fine powder and pour it into a cheesecloth- soon after, one should then tie it round a bath tub faucet and squeeze out the water every now and then.
9. OATMEAL AS A NATURAL CLEANSER
Oatmeal can also be used as a natural cleanser as it easily removes dirt and oil from your pores, leaving them not just smooth and silky but also in ensuring that the pore size of your skin is also reduced! Oatmeal can hence act as a part of your daily skin care regimen as it can ensure that your skin remains beautiful and glowing all the time!
10. OATMEAL AS SKIN PROTECTION
Oatmeal is also however really amazing in the summer time as it can barricade against the harmful UV sun rays and hence act as an extra sun block or sun screen! Oatmeal also protects against detrimental diseases such as eczema or even rosacea as the oatmeal contains a lubricant that simply layers your whole skin!
11. OATMEAL AS A HAIR MOISTURIZER
Very often you find your hair in a less- than perfect tangle in wild disorder and in threads that you wish you could snip away! Well fear no more! Now you can simply and easily use oatmeal as a natural hair moisturizer- they can be used to render the hair soft and silky within seconds and as a result you may often not even have to use hair serum or expensive and ineffective hair masks!
12. OATMEAL AS AN ALTERNATE TO CONDITIONER
Shampoo is one thing, conditioner is another. Very often however you may find yourself having stripped your skin of its natural oils and soothing properties or even rendered it dirty again! This may be because you are using the wrong hair conditioner or in fact don’t even need hair conditioners as you now have something organic like oatmeal which you can apply as a fine paste all over your hair before you even begin to shampoo!
13. OATMEAL RIDS OFF DANDRUFF
Dandruff makes the hair look unattractive and leaves you with an itchy, uncomfortable scalp that can often not even be staved off through the use of anti-dandruff shampoos! However a better way is to simply use oatmeal either before or after washing your hair- now you will be left with clean, silky hair you can simply enjoy styling and stroking over and over again!
14. OATMEAL AGAINST HAIR LOSS
Hair loss is often the result of an unhealthy lifestyle, old age or even stress- women may find themselves rapidly losing more and more hair regardless of what they do and regardless of what they use. The use of rolled oatmeal or milk oatmeal which is simply oatmeal that has been soaked in water, can fight this problem and leave you feeling relieved- you can cancel that never wracking trip to the doctor now!
15. OATMEAL TO FIGHT OFF DIRT/EXCESS OIL
Quite often, daily shampooing or conditioning one’s hair leaves a layer of excess dirt or oil on the scalp, or worse, it ends up not washing off the impurities at all! But not anymore. Using plain oatmeal or milk oatmeal can result in the removal of excess oil and in a clearer, cleaner scalp which in turn can prevent dandruff or even lice outbreaks and also fight excess sebum and ensure you have better hair than ever before!