It’s no secret that having a bowl of oatmeal is a great way to start your day. This super breakfast is packed with complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, protein, iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamins A and B6. But did you know that oatmeal may also be used in so many different ways aside from revving up your body for the busy day ahead?
1. Acne Buster
Oatmeal is very good at absorbing excess skin oils, a characteristic that makes it very good at healing acne naturally and effectively. To make a face mask suited for acne-prone skin, simply cook oatmeal according to package directions. Allow to cool completely and spread on the face. Wash off thoroughly with water after 10 minutes.
2. Soother of Various Skin Problems
The likes of sunburn, chicken pox and poison ivy can leave you feeling uncomfortable and miserable. A great way to deal with the skin problem you are having is by applying an oatmeal paste, something that’s known as an all-around skin soother. Simply grind oats into fine powder and add some water to make a thick paste. Apply liberally on problem areas.
3. Face Lifter and Rejuvenator
Get rid of dull complexion and saggy skin with the help of a simple homemade oatmeal face mask. In a blender, combine 1/2 cup of warm water and 1/3 cup of oatmeal. Blend for about 3 to 4 minutes. Add an egg white, 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Blend again. Spread on face thinly and rinse with warm water after 15 minutes.
4. Luxurious Stress Buster
Do you love having a relaxing bath after a stressful day but don’t have the budget for those fancy and expensive bath salts and oils? Let oatmeal do the trick. Simply dump a couple of cups of oats into your bathwater. Add a cup of fresh milk and a tablespoon of honey. Agitate the water and soak until you feel completely rejuvenated.
5. Instant Hair and Scalp Cleaner
Got no time to hit the shower and shampoo? Dump a handful of raw oatmeal at the roots of your hair and massage for a while with your fingers. Run your fingers through your hair to remove the oats. You may also add some baking soda to oatmeal if you want to enjoy really clean and fresh-smelling hair and scalp without shampooing.
6. Refined Flour Replacement
Make healthier baked goodies by replacing refined or bleached flour with oatmeal. No matter if you’re trying to whip up cookies, muffins, crepes or cupcakes, oatmeal flour may be used and every bite will have more nutritional value! All you have to do is put the equivalent amount of oats in your blender and food processor, and blend until fine.
7. Unique and Useful Souvenirs
No matter what the occasion is all about, guests definitely love taking home fantastic souvenirs. You can whip up cheap and functional giveaways by purchasing small cloth bags and filling them with oats, dried herbs and shaved soap. Tie or sew the openings. Tell your family and friends to use them as washcloths or mini-sponges.
8. Scary Halloween Makeup
Come up with a scaly or disintegrating skin effect with the help of oatmeal. Apply a thin layer of white glue onto skin and press oatmeal into it just before it dries. Allow to completely dry and cover with make up. You may also mold the oatmeal to come up with scars and other shapes that can make your Halloween look the spookiest in the neighborhood.
9. Non-Toxic Play Clay
Allow kids to let their imagination and creativity spring into action with play clay out of oatmeal. Simply combine 1 cup of oatmeal, 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup of water. Add food coloring to come up with beautifully colored and non-toxic clay. Stash in the fridge after playtime so your kids may enjoy them once again the following day.
10. No-Bake Power Bar
If you want energy on the go, try this very simple no-bake power bar! Simply combine oats, peanut butter, almonds, dates (dried and pitted), and maple syrup. Line a small baking pan with plastic wrap and transfer your power bar mix in it. Press it evenly in the pan and chill. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into small bars. Keep in an airtight container.