Oatmeal is no doubt a perfect morning meal. It gives you the energy you need and makes you feel ready to take on the day. But did you know that this breakfast super food is also good for the skin? As a matter of fact, it is one of the few natural ingredients approved and recognized by the FDA.
Finely ground oat grains, when boiled, produce a beneficial extract called colloidal oatmeal. This extract is rich in lipids, minerals and vitamins that can help moisturize the skin, keeping it soft, supple and healthy. That is why if dry, itchy skin is bothering you, go to your kitchen for relief.
Oatmeal for Eczema
For those suffering from this embarrassing skin problem, oatmeal is an effective alternative natural cure.
It helps normalize your skin’s pH level, providing relief to itchiness. It also softens and moisturizes your skin, locking in moisture and protecting your skin from exterior irritants.
The following are some easy-to-prepare oatmeal recipes for eczema:
Now, this recipe is from blogger Helen of Curly Birds who said the treatment has been passed down from her family and shared to her by her Welsh uncle.
To prepare the cream, get a soft cotton handkerchief (any 8″ square cotton cloth will do), and lay it flat on the table.
Put 3/4 cup of oats onto the center of the handkerchief or cloth. After which, gather up all of its corners and then secure it with a tie to create a pouch, keeping all the oats inside.
Next, fill a bowl with boiling water and put the oat pouch inside. Wait for the water to cool down or until the oats absorb the water. (You may soak the oats overnight.) Remove the oat pouch from the water and gentle squeeze it in a clean bowl. A light, watery paste will appear through the cotton – this will be your oatmeal cream.
Apply the paste onto affected skin and let dry. Repeat every few hours for fast results.
This one is very easy and fast to prepare every day. Simply grind two to three cups of oatmeal in a coffee grinder until you get an extremely fine powder.
After which, fill your bath with lukewarm water. Gradually pour the oatmeal powder onto the water while the tub is filling to help disperse the oatmeal.
Once your oatmeal bath is ready, soak in the bath for 10 to 15 minutes. After which, pat yourself dry with tower.