Uses For Oatmeal Besides Eating It

Food/Cooking - Types of Food
By: ListMaker    
20-Feb-2011

Introduction:Oatmeal doesn't just have to be a satisfying breakfast food any more; there are many creative uses for oatmeal, a few of which are listed below.

You can use either instant oatmeal or rolled oats in each of these ideas unless specified differently.

  • 01

    Use Oatmeal In a Soothing Bath

    If you've ever suffered from chicken pox or poison ivy, you know the misery of a constant itching sensation. You know - like when you want to get out of your own skin! Instead of scratching and creating a worse problem, soothe your aching skin in an oatmeal bath.

    Fill a bathtub with lukewarm water (you don't want it hot). Use a food processor to grind two cups of oatmeal into a fine powder and add it to the bath water along with a cup of warm milk. Submerge your body as much as possible in the oatmeal bath, and soak for at least twenty minutes before rinsing off with a cool shower. Oatmeal offers a wonderful relief to itchy skin.

    For a relaxing bath, add a tablespoon of honey or a lavender scent to your oatmeal bath.

    For ease of creating future oatmeal baths, grind up more than two cups of oats and keep in a jar in the bathroom. That way, you can just add some to a bath a few times a day.

  • 02

    Scrub Down Before Self Tanning

    A good exfoliation before self tanning will give you the most even glow for your "fake bake." For the best results. use a scrubby sponge or rough cloth and ground up oatmeal. Apply the oatmeal to your skin, give a good scrub and rinse off with warm water in the shower. Spend particular attention to those areas you want to be the smoothest for your self tan, such as knees, elbows and ankles.

  • 03

    Soften Knees and Elbows

    Grind up a cup of oatmeal into a fine powder and add the liquid from five vitamin E capsules. Add a bit of warm water to the mixture to just create a thick paste. Apply the paste to scaly elbows and knees and cover with gauze as you move about your chores. After a half hour, jump in the shower and scrub down real well. Your knees and elbows will be silky smooth after this vitamin E/oatmeal treatment. For the best results, apply a collagen cream a few times a day to your newly softened knees and elbows. In a week, those rough patches will be a distant memory.

  • 04

    Give Your Dog some Relief from Dry, Itchy Skin

    A dog with dry, itchy skin or a hot spot will really benefit from an oatmeal treatment. To do a spot treatment, mix 1 cup of ground oatmeal and 1 cup of warm water into a paste. Put the paste into a clean gym sock. Tie the end to keep the paste from oozing out. Rub the affected area 5 to 10 minutes, squeezing the sock periodically to squeeze out the oatmeal solution. Rinse the area with warm water and allow to thoroughly dry before bandaging, if necessary. Note: check with your veterinarian before applying ANYTHING to a dog's open sore.

  • 05

    Use Oatmeal In a Fun Kids' Craft

    Oatmeal can be made into a fun molding clay-type substance and will harden overnight into a myriad of shapes. It gives sculptures a nubby look and everything sort of looks like it was intentionally created in an Early American art style.

    Rolled oats is better than instant oatmeal for this kids' craft idea. In a plastic bag, mix 1 cup of rolled oats, 2/3 cup flour, 1/2 cup water, and any food coloring or powdered paint color your child prefers. Kneed the bagged mixture in your hands until the consistency is slightly lumpy and the color is uniform.

    Allow your child to make any shape they like and let their special sculpture dry out overnight. You might suggest that they make a nubbly teddy bear of a set of beads out of their oatmeal clay. Little houses come out really cutes also. Have them create a whole village.




Final Thoughts

Oatmeal's most obvious use is as a delicious breakfast food which also is helpful in adding necessary fiber to your diet as it reduces your cholesterol. But, as seen above, with a few imaginative ideas, there's other things to do with a very useful box of oatmeal or rolled oats.


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