Using Oatmeal for More Than Breakfast

Although more and more people are having oatmeal as part of a healthy daily diet, there are other uses for it apart from eating as we’ll soon discover. Oatmeal is recommended to people who are trying to lose weight so that they feel fuller for longer. This prevents them from reaching for unhealthy snacks before lunch. However, the majority of people tend to make far too much oatmeal for their snack and are left with a lot of waste. Rather than putting it in the garbage, there are some useful things that you can do with these leftovers. Indeed, this healthy complex carbohydrate can be recycled time after time.

You can recycle leftover oatmeal by adding a little water and making up a paste. This paste can help to heal burns, eliminate itching and reduce swelling. Over the years it has been used to treat poison ivy and nettle rashes, and to stop children from scratching chicken pox. It’s best to wrap cling film over the oatmeal paste to stop it from drying out too quickly and flaking off.

Another way to soothe skin by using oatmeal is to recycle your breakfast leftovers by placing them in the leg from an old pair of pantyhose and attaching it to the faucet inside the bath tub. When the warm water runs, it will pass through the oatmeal to create a relaxing, medicinal soothing bath. This is the ideal way to treat scalds, shingles, and chicken pox or sunburn naturally. Oatmeal was used in times gone by before conventional treatments had been created, but there is still a place for these types of natural cures.

If you don’t have time to wash your hair and it looks lank and greasy, you can easily create some dry shampoo from oatmeal. You need to grind up a cup of oatmeal and mix with some baking soda. Sprinkle the mixture evenly onto the roots of your hair and let it absorb for a few minutes so that all of the grease is eliminated. Then brush the mixture out completely. Remember not to be too heavy handed or you could end up looking like you’re wearing a powdered wig! A light application is all that is required for shiny, clean and fuller hair.

If you have blemishes on your skin you can recycle unwanted oatmeal by mixing in the white of an egg and smoothing over the face. Leave this face mask on for around fifteen minutes then rinse off with warm water and pat skin dry. Oatmeal masks are very effective at refining pores and absorbing excess oil. Alternatively you could place some oatmeal inside an old sock or stocking and use to exfoliate the rough patches on knees and elbows to leave skin looking flawless.

If you have done all of these things and still have leftover oatmeal you could make some flapjacks to put in the kids’ lunch bags or add to stuffing to make meatloaf, stews or burgers. You can also add oatmeal to breadcrumbs to make crispy toppings for casseroles or other savory dishes. There are many ways to recycle oatmeal. You just have to use your imagination.

About the Author

Mike Sorensen is a structural engineer and master cabinet maker and the author of www.AcousticFields.com audio blog. He provides tips for soundproofing a room using environmentally-friendly sound production methods and generally tries to do good by Mother Earth.

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