By: Susan "Honey" Good
Let's re-write some stereotypes, darlings. January is National Oatmeal Month, which is naturally appealing to us women living stylishly after 50, right? That and National Prune Month, I imagine.
And while I have to poke fun, good-naturedly, of course, at some of the ridiculous labels we take on as we mature, I do love Oatmeal but for many more reasons than even Quaker may have imagined.
Here's what Oatmeal can do for you by adding it to your beauty routine, incorporating it into your healthy lifestyle and more!
Oatmeal's Beauty Benefits
"Oatmeal contains both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and as such is ideal for sensitive skin and to treat a variety of skin disorders (i.e. sunburns, eczema and poison ivy)," Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Susan Stuart told my friends at Huff Post. This makes oatmeal ideal as an ingredient in bath soaks, skin cleanser, dry shampoo, etc.
I love Nature's Gate Colloidal Oatmeal Moisturizing Lotion with naturally soothing ingredients that hydrate skin. Sappo Hill's organic oatmeal soap serves up gentle exfoliation, a soft lather and an amazing scent for just several dollars a bar. Finally, Aura Cacia's Soothing Organic Milk & Oat Bath in Relaxing Lavender offers up organic whole grain oat powder to create a creamy bath suspension of skin-calming, soothing benefits. Get it for just $8.99 here.
Or, whip up your own batch of oatmeal based beauty products at home. (This would be a fun project to do with the Grands, no?) I love this DIY honey oat Epsom salt soak from blogger Dear Crissy. I also adore the Chamomile + Oat Facial Cleanser here from EmpoweredSustenance.com. Lastly, for an incredibly easy yet lovely bath soak, I just love this Chamomile Lavendar Oatmeal Milk Bath via the blog Shaken Together Life here.
Oatmeal's Health Benefits
Eating Oatmeal is good for your heart (which is why the AHA recommends eating it.) Oatmeal can help control diabetes by maintaining optimum blood sugar levels. Oatmeal is often "prescribed" to treat hypertension, aka high blood pressure. Oatmeal also has antioxidants, is a good source of dietary fiber and, according to studies, has anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting benefits.
Eat your oats any way you like them (rolled or steel cut), but bear in mind that Prevention calls steel cut oats the healthiest in this "What's Healthier" feature. That's because steel cut oats have a lower glycemic index - a measurement that predicts how high a person's blood pressure spikes after eating food.
How to get your oatmeal in? Why deliciously, of course. darlings! That's why I've rounded up a few of my favorite edible oatmeal recipes as well today.
- Try this healthy sticky cinnamon oatmeal from blog "The Big Man's World." It's easy and delish. Get the recipe here.
- Clean eating blender banana oatmeal muffins are good for you and so easy to assemble. Get the recipe here via WellPlated.com.
- Cranberry Oatmeal Bars featured on HoneyGood.com last year are worth repeating... and worth making! Get the recipe here.
- Blueberry Oatmeal bread via FoodieCrush.com is just simply divine, darlings. Here's the recipe -- you must try it!
January is #NationalOatmealMonth, darlings. Do something GOOD today and share your favorite oatmeal recipe...edible or otherwise, with our HoneyGood community. You can comment below or find us on Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram. Let's chat!
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