Sunday, July 29, 2012

Home Remedies using Oatmeal

Source: Oatmeal
Oats (Avena sativa) can be traced to the Bronze Age where it was found growing in caves in Switzerland as well as to 2000 B.C where traces of the grains were discovered in Egypt.

Eventually oats were made into oatmeal and became a popular breakfast cereal in Scotland and many parts of Europe and America. It wasn’t long before it was consumed in other parts of the world too.

Oats contain carbohydrates and fiber including a higher amount of B vitamins compared to other cereals. Because of its high fiber, protein content and high nutritious value it has many health benefits.

For example, the fiber in oatmeal contains beta-glucan which helps to lower cholesterol. The fiber also aids in digestion.

Oats also contain plant lignans which help protect against heart disease and cancer.

Apart from eating, oats has become a popular ingredient to be used in home made skin care products.

How to Make Oatmeal Paste 

A popular remedy to treat blemishes, rashes and insect bites is to apply oatmeal paste on the area.

Take 1 tablespoon oatmeal powder (if you don’t have oatmeal powder you can grind some oats in the grinder) and mix with a little hot water till it forms a paste.

Apply on the affected area. Leave on till it dries. Rinse off with water.

How to Make an Oatmeal Mask

Since oatmeal is effective in removing dirt and grime when applied on the skin, it’s also used as a mask to treat acne and oily prone skin.

Mix the following ingredients together in a bowl.
  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal powder.
  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • 2 drops lime/lemon juice.
Mix the ingredients together with enough hot water to make into a paste.

Apply on face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse face with warm water using a wash cloth.

Oatmeal baths are another home remedy used to reduce fatigue and relax and soothe an aching body. It also leaves the skin feeling clean, soft and supple.

How to Make an Oatmeal Bath

Mix the following ingredients in a bowl:
  • ¾ cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon Epsom salt
Place the mixed ingredients into the center of a square piece of clean muslin and tie the ends with a piece of string or ribbon.

Fill the tub with hot water. Immerse the muslin bag into the water. Soak in the bath for 15 minutes.

© Suranee Perera 2012

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