Although I do mess it up a bit with a couple slices of turkey bacon (love), very tasty, less sodium and fat than other bacon, but still, no real nutritional value. But here I go remiss and miss the point of this post.
Oatmeal is not just breakfast, I use it in soaps and my soap-free facial cleansing grains and lotions. I also use it my mud mask for it's skin soothing abilities and clay-free "mud" masks, making up the bulk of the mask, more for moisture masks. Some other, little known uses for oatmeal are:
- Treat Acne: make a slurry of oatmeal and water and gently scrub your face. This is great cleansing sensitive skin when you have breakouts. Too much grit action can irritate skin further.
- Neutralize Odors: use like you would baking soda for the refrigerator!
- Soothe Dry Skin: same concept as above in treating acne, but place the oatmeal slurry on your itchy body parts then rinse thoroughly. Oatmeal is said to heal and open pores.
- Soothe Pet's Skin: place oats in sock and soak it a tub full of lukewarm water and bathe your itchy pet with it, using the oatmeal sock as washcloth.
- Oatmeal Bath: 1 cup of milk, 2 cups of uncooked oatmeal and a couple tablespoons of honey in lukewarm bath water and soak for 20 minutes. Some do use colloidal oatmeal for less mess, but I prefer old fashioned rolled oats in a sock (don't add the milk and honey into the sock, add it separately to running bath water).
- Face Scrub/Mask: 1 tablespoon of rolled oats with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and enough water to make a medium thick paste. Gently exfoliate your face with this paste and leave on for 10 minutes, rinse thoroughly.
- Boost Your Workouts: instead of sugar packed drinks or bars, try a small bowl of oatmeal 3 hours before a workout for endurance. Oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate, pure energy for your body.
- Go Beyond Your Morning Cereal: use oat flour for bread making, baking muffins and pancakes.
- Make A Hair Mask: itchy scalp? Oatmeal is good for that too. Same idea with the oatmeal slurry but for your head instead. Really work into your hair so reaches your scalp and massage it in. Leave the hair mask on for 10-20 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
- Foot Soak: tired and sore feet? Make a mini oatmeal bath, placing oats in a sock in a foot bath or dish washing tub with warm water. Add a cupful of Epsom salts and soak for 30 minutes.