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The oatmeal it is an extremely versatile and healthy ingredient, capable of generating beneficial both if taken through food, both when used in body care.

Properties and benefits of oatmeal

The flour obtained from this cereal can be obtained from semolina or flakes and, depending on the type of refining, has a color that varies from beige to creamy white.

If used as the basis of some recipes it helps to maintain a healthy diet and keep weight under control. The main merit is the large amount of fiber inside, and in particular a specific type of soluble fibre, beta-glucan, which generates a longer-term feeling of satiety and helps control blood sugar levels. The American Journal of Nutrition also confirmed the validity of oatmeal if you want to lose weight, according to which increasing its intake would lead to a decrease in abdominal fat.

Additionally, regularly implementing beta-glucan fiber into your diet increases bile acid, helps lower cholesterol, maintains a healthy gut microbiome, and would reduce the risk of heart disease.

Oatmeal is also a great source of protein and primarily lysine, an essential amino acid that helps fix calcium in bones and strengthen antibodies.

There is also no shortage of vitamins, in particular B1, PP and E and some mineral salts such as potassium, iron and zinc.

These characteristics make it a panacea for everyone and especially for athletes, the elderly or in general those who need to stock up on energy in view of expensive commitments or intense efforts.

How to use oatmeal in cooking

The meal that is best suited to consuming oatmeal is breakfast, as it can be used to make desserts such as pancakes, plum cakes, crêpes, porridge, cakes or biscuits.

However, it is also excellent for lunch and dinner as a base for soups or as a substitute for traditional flour as an ingredient in homemade bread or pasta.

Alternative uses of oatmeal

In addition to being in the form of food, oatmeal can be used to take care of the skin and hair, given that it is an element with emollient, soothing and invigorating properties. These are the most useful ways to use it outside the kitchen.

Soothing bath

Thanks to the emollient properties of oats, taking a relaxing bath by adding a little flour to the water can be the ideal solution for those seeking skin relief following sunburn, hives, psoriasis or a general feeling of itching.

To do this you can simply pour a little flour into the tub or fill a small organza bag and immerse it in water, so that the mixture is released little by little.

If you don't have a tub, you can get the same benefits in the shower, rubbing the bag with the flour inside on your body while you wash.

Body Scrub

Oatmeal is also excellent for gently exfoliating the skin on the body. To make a mixture suitable for use as a scrub, mix together three tablespoons of oat flour, a little flakes, a tablespoon of salt and enough olive oil to mix everything together.

Then pass the mixture over the skin using light pressure and thus taking advantage of the exfoliating power of salt and oats and the nourishing power of the oil. Then rinse with warm water.

Remedy for acne

Among the properties of oatmeal, it is also excellent for fighting acne.

Create a homogeneous mixture by mixing a teaspoon of oatmeal and one of warm water and spread it on the pimple or on the area to be treated. Then apply a protective gauze and leave to act overnight.

Face mask

Oatmeal is also excellent for giving new life to dry, dehydrated and dull-toned skin. In fact, it is the perfect ingredient to create a revitalizing face mask if combined in equal parts with rose water. Once the two ingredients have been mixed, apply the mixture to the face with circular movements, leave to act for 30 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Soap bars

Oatmeal is also a valuable ingredient to add to the remnants of old soap bars to create new ones. Just melt the soap over a low heat in a saucepan, add a few tablespoons of oatmeal, mix and pour everything into a mould. After letting the liquid sit for a few days, the soap bars should solidify and be ready to use.

Shampoo naturale

Not just your skin, your hair can also benefit from oatmeal when used to create an all-natural shampoo.

It is sufficient to dilute two tablespoons in warm water if you have short hair and three if you have long hair. Once you have obtained a cream that is not too thick, use it as if it were a traditional shampoo, massaging it especially into the skin and rinsing thoroughly at the end of the wash.

Additionally, plain oatmeal can also be used as a dry shampoo.

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