Health Benefits of Oatmeal and Oats

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Oats are good for more than just breakfast. Read on to learn about the health benefits of oatmeal and oats, as well as what else they can do!

Use Oats for Summer Relief

The humble oat (Avena sativa) has a long history of medicinal uses use that continues to this day.

Modern research suggests that oats or extracts of oats may reduces cholesterol, lower blood pressure, help prevent atherosclerosis, promote wound healing, and slow the proliferation of colon cancer cells.

For at least 4,000 years, healers have found oats especially valuable for skin care.

Check the labels on high-end soaps, lotions, and hair-care products. You’ll be surprised at how many contain some form of oats. Dermatologists often recommend oatmeal-based creams and body washes for patients with eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions.

Researchers say the anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory compounds found only in oats called avenanthramides are responsible for oat’s ability to soothe itching and irritated skin.

No Drugstore Needed

You don’t need an expensive drugstore oat preparation to ease the itch of poison ivy, hives, swimmer’s itch, dry “winter skin,” and the sting of sunburn, diaper rash, and other minor skin irritations. Try a tepid oatmeal bath for quick, inexpensive relief.

The less processing the oats have had, the more avenanthramides the bath will deliver. If you have a grain grinder or blender, simply grind a cup of whole oats, available at a health-food store, to a fine flour. But ordinary rolled oats—even instant oatmeal—will work, cooked or raw. (Use the unflavored kind, though.)

Pour a cup or two of plain, uncooked oat flour or rolled oats into the cut-off leg of an old pair of pantyhose or a tube sock, tie it loosely, and set it under the faucet as you draw a tepid bath. Let the oats soak for a while in the water, periodically squeezing the stocking-bag to release the liquid,

As you soak in the tub, rub the bag of oats over your skin like a bar of soap to increase the soothing effect.

The tub gets slippery during an oatmeal soak, so take special care when getting out.

Just pat yourself dry and you’ll behind a protective, moisturizing barrier to continue the oats’ skin-soothing work.

About This Blog

"Living Naturally" is all about living a naturally healthy lifestyle. Margaret Boyles covers health tips, ways to avoid illness, natural remedies, food that's good for body and soul, recipes for homemade beauty products, and ideas to make your home a healthy, safe haven. Our goal is also to encourage self-sufficiency, whether it's re-learning some age-old skills or getting informed on modern improvements that help us live better healthier lives.

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Oatmeal To Soothe Skin

Will this work for fire ant bites? (Will anything/)

Fire ants

I’d try icing the bites first, and maybe applying a thin paste of baking soda with a little water. In my experience, an oatmeal bath works well for calming the itch from any cause. It’s safe and soothing, so give it a try!

Oatmeal for a baby diaper rash

Can you re-use drained oatmeal?

drained?

Hi Alejandra,

I’m not sure what you mean by “drained.” If you mean “leftover from breakfast” by all means, put it into a clean, thin cotton sock or the leg part of a clean nylon stocking, tie it off to make a bag, wet well with warm water, and rub it gently over the rash area for a minute or two. I’d make a small, fresh bag each day you want to use oatmeal to soothe your baby’s rash.

My 5 year old is allergic to

My 5 year old is allergic to cats found thatout the hard way iI was trying just off brand anti itch cream she was still itching as I type we is in an oatmeal bath I askedif she itched anymore aand she was like no mom but the sock is squeshie

Thanks for the info, and a

Thanks for the info, and a special THANK YOU from MOTHER NATURE. It is May 14, 2015, and last night I was having problems with my Blood pressure, plus a head ache. I had no more of my blood pressure med's left. So I was at the store looking for something to eat. Not much money to spend, and payday was two day's away. This is why I was out of my med's. Some thing told me to buy some no bake oatmeal cookies. After just eating a few, and a few hour's later, I noticed the deference. The next day my blood pressure was better, oh by the way my headache was gone, a few hour's after eating them too. MOTHER NATURE sure know's how to take care of us don't she.

WHAT MAKE'S MOM'S GREAT
THEY KNOW WHAT'S GOOD FOR US

THANK'S MOM

Thomas R. Owens

Crane, MO

This was a live saver. Had a

This was a live saver. Had a severe allergic reaction to handling Myorporum Laetum cuttings yesterday. Full body rash isn't too bad but my knees to ankles were unbearable. Mixed it up in a 5gal bucket and I am amazed how much better my legs feel. That bucket isn't going too far until the symptoms subside. Also discovered that running a fan towards my legs helps.

Oatmeal is extremely helpful with dry, itchy skin

Oatmeal really does help with itchy skin. I have been using it for years on my son's eczema and dry skin. I used to give him oatmeal baths but now that he's older he just uses Aveeno lotion.

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