Sometimes, food is not for eating. Food can be health or beauty depending on what you need. And I am not talking about this in the sense where you get out of your body what you put in. Sometimes, it’s about what you put ON it. Foods can work wonders like no cream or serum ever could a lot of the time. And let’s face it – most of those creams and serums have food parts in them anyway. Why not cut out the chemicals and all those middle men and just use the food instead?
There are many types of Oatmeal.
We have instant oats, quick oat, steel-cut oats, and so on. All of these have different pros and cons for eating and for other uses.
(From Eating Rules)
Instant Oatmeal – Not the whole grain, so really only great in a pinch. It is a good source of fibre as well as a quick start to your day. Add boiling water from work and some fruit and nuts, and you’re kicking your day off nicely!
Quick Oats – Basically, these are rolled oats that are rolled a bit more thinly, allowing for faster cooking (about 3-5 minutes)
Rolled Oats – Whole grain oats that are rolled to allow cooking time to be reduced. They still take 10-15 minutes, but the texture is a lot better than the more mushy varieties above.
Steel-Cut Oats – These are my favourite. The whole grain oats are cut in pieces rather than rolled, which allows them to be nice and chewy with an even better texture. They are also even less processed than the other varieties, so the starches are absorbed more slowly and therefore a lower glycemic index food. But they take about 40 minutes to cook.
*I recommend making a large batch over the weekend and portioning it out for this type – it is SO worth it!
Every type of oatmeal provides whole grain power (except instant) that help with exercise, GI regulation, and many other things, including reducing heart disease and some types of cancer risk.
Colloidal Oatmeal – THIS is the real double duty variety of oatmeal. It is basically oatmeal that has been ground to a fine powder. When added to baths, it is basically a miracle for irritated skin. The oatmeal works to normalize pH and soothe irritated skin.
You have seen colloidal oatmeal products before (does Aveeno ring any bells?), so you know you can buy it. All of their products have some oatmeal in them, and they’re even named after oatmeal since the genus name is Avena saliva L. You can also make it yourself with a coffee grinder and make your own beauty products.
**No, Aveeno did not pay mefor this – I just love their products! 🙂
(from LMS Design)
Colloidal oatmeal also soothes and/or treats these conditions:
- diaper rash
- chicken pox
- bug bites
Since I have plagued by some of these at one time or another, I bought the bath soak, and I am incredibly happy with the results. I cannot stress enough how amazing this is for your skin!
You can use oatmeal in other ways too!
Dry Shampoo – Since it absorbs moisture, you can grind it up and use as a great DIY dry shampoo rather than buying. Scroll down to try this one.
Cleanser – Oatmeal is great at removing dirt and excess oil from the skin since it contains saponins, which are what soap is made of! Try this one from Restoration Beauty.
Face Mask or Exfoliator – The fats in oatmeal lock moisture in the skin as a mask, while coarsely ground oats will do that AND gently exfoliate at the same time to remove dead skin.
So overall, I would definitely say that oatmeal is not just for breakfast anymore!
*Beware – If you have a gluten allergy or sensitivity, please watch out. Oats, while they don’t contain gluten on their own, may be processed in facilities that also process gluten. Only buy certified gluten free oats and colloidal oatmeals to enjoy the benefits without side effects.