Healing Skin With Oatmeal
by Toni Lewis
Oatmeal is a wholesome, nutritious food with healing properties for both inside and outside the body. I knew it. I just wouldn't eat it.
As a child, I lived with my uncle's family. His wife would make it daily when she woke up, scoop it into bowls, get dressed, then call breakfast. I don't know about you, but a cold bowl of oatmeal is not the most important meal of the day.
These days I love it...hot! I put honey on it and I feel great because it truly is a delicious healing meal.
At 140 calories per ½ cup the miracle oat provides 4 grams of dietary fiber, of which 2 grams of this is soluble fiber and 2 grams is insoluble. (Insoluble fibers are those that cannot be dissolved in water.)
Oats have been proven to lower cholesterol and have become a handy weapon against heart disease. Three grams of soluble fiber from oatmeal daily, in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.
They also contain vitamins, starches, minerals, and 5 grams of protein as well as provide 10 percent of your daily iron needs.
An oat is a grass that produces a fibrous root and a hollow jointed stem with narrow, flat, green leaves. It is an edible cereal grain produced by the cereal grass of the same name. Oats are native to southern Europe and eastern Asia. They are light colored and have a nutty flavor and a chewy texture. Usually we think of them as breakfast food but oatmeal has long been known for its skin-soothing properties. Many skin lotions and ointments are formulated with oats especially for that reason.
Oatmeal has been proven to protect the skin and provide relief from itching. In addition, it helps in healing skin rashes and insect bites.
If you've ever tried to take an oatmeal bath with store bought rolled oats, you know what a mess that is. (Don't laugh, that's what I did my first time.) The best way to use oats in the bath is to buy Colloidal oatmeal or make it at home.
Colloidal oatmeal is oatmeal converted to a fine powder. It has been used for thousands of years to cure itchiness. Immersing yourself in a tub of oatmeal powder feels like a little piece of heaven.
To make Colloidal oatmeal at home:
Start out with organic oatmeal.
Grind it in a blender or coffee grinder for easy dissolvability in the bath.
(Make sure when taking a colloidal oatmeal bath, you run your bathwater to hot and add oatmeal right under the faucet to help spread the oatmeal around.)
While soaking, keep the water lukewarm rather than hot. Hot baths will only dehydrate your skin and strip it of its essential oils.
Soak in the oatmeal bath for no more than 20 minutes and be careful when you step out, as the tub will become slippery.
Pat or blot your skin to keep the moisture intact.
Treating your body to the healing properties of oats can give your skin a much needed lift and your skin will thank you for it.
Oat products can be purchased in commercial form as capsules, extracts, and tinctures.
Note: Colloidal Oatmeal cannot be eaten.