A bowl of piping hot oatmeal is perhaps a healthy way of starting your day. Oats contain the right mix of proteins to carbohydrates that keep you fuelled up. Recent studies indicate that just one bowl of oatmeal a day can keep the doctor away.
Oats are full of fiber and just one cup contains more than 10 grams of protein. This keeps you feeling full and reduces snacking. Savory or sweet oats are the right way to start your day. Though Oats are a nutritional powerhouse, they can also be applied topically for many DIY treatments.
Let’s look at the benefits of oats and how we can incorporate them into our daily health regime
What are Oats?
- Oat (Avena sativa), is basically a cereal whose seeds are edible and are known by the same name.
- This cereal originated in Scotland and was a staple diet of the Scottish whose meals comprised of cooked oats.
- Apart from consumption by humans in the form of oatmeal and rolled oats, this cereal is also used as livestock feed.
- Oats are mostly purchased in January which has been declared as the National Oatmeal month.
- Oats are different from wheat as oats are largely grown for their seeds while wheat is a type of grass.
- Most of the cereal grains contain gluten and oats is no exception. However, the gluten in oats, known as Avenin, is different from that in wheat as it can be tolerated by some people with celiac disease.
Oats have many benefits and uses. Let’s look at them.
Skin Benefits Of Oats:
Apart from consumption, wild oats have an important role to play in skincare. They were used as early as 2000 BC by the Egyptians and Arabs to beautify their skins. Oat baths were largely used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for healing skin ailments. Some of the benefits of oats for skin are as follows.
1. Treatment of Acne:
- Cooked oatmeal is a great natural remedy for treating acne.
- Boil some oatmeal till it softens and let it cool for 15 minutes. Apply it on the affected area and rinse off after 10 minutes.
- This will absorb and remove excess oil and bacteria from your skin and exfoliate dead skin cells, thus helping to combat acne.
2. Removes Dryness:
- Oats are effective in fighting dull, flaky dryness as they contain polysaccharides, which become gelatinous in water. They form a fine protective film when applied on skin.
- The cereal is effective in addressing dry skin symptoms like itching, rashes, scales, peeling etc.
- To get rid of dryness you can make a facial mask by mixing a mashed banana with a cup of ground oatmeal and adding some lukewarm milk. Stir it properly to make it smooth and apply it all over your face for 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse off with cold water. This will help in replenishing the skin moisture, keeping it soft and hydrated.
3. Skin Moisturizer:
- It acts as a natural moisturizer by removing the dead skin cells. It contains beta-glucan that forms a fine film on your skin as well as penetrates deep into the skin to provide much needed deep moisturizing to your skin.
- It enhances wound healing and shallow abrasions and improves collagen deposition and activation of immune cells within the skin.
- You can add a cup of milk, two cups of oats and a tablespoon of honey to moisturize your skin as well as relax your body.
4. Relieves Itchiness:
- Oats have anti-inflammatory properties and are suitable for all skin types. They are clinically effective in healing dry and itchy skin.
- Oats ground into powder are known as colloidal oatmeal. This powder can be mixed with warm water to form a thick paste and applied over itchy skin to get immediate relief from intense itching.
- An oatmeal bath is also effective in healing a number of skin conditions including dry itchy skin. Oatmeal can be used in curing neurodermatitis, a skin disease characterized by itchy or inflamed skin.
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