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What’s The Deal With Oatmeal?

What’s The Deal With Oatmeal?

Superfood. Miracle. Whatever else people want market it as; these sorts of tactics serve only to obfuscate the facts. When it comes to overall health, the common oat is one of your best friends. Oatmeal, after all, is so much more than just food.

 

Oats have been a dietary staple for many countries to get their nutrition in various forms from porridge to ale, but it’s also used in health and beauty products as well. It’s easy to overlook the fact that most of the lotions and skin creams you can buy on the shelf contain oats. One popular brand, for example, takes its namesake directly from the scientific name for the common oat, as they use colloidal oats as one of the key ingredients in their products. It’s disappointing that most of them, however, surround this beneficial grain in a bath of chemical synthetics to formulate their lotions and body creams.

Expensive, inedible breakfast food.

Oats themselves are higher in protein and healthy fats, and lower in carbohydrates than most other whole grains, so it makes sense of why poor students would be able to live off of them for so long. Not to mention the fact that they contain more than 20 unique polyphenols (called avenantheamides), which have strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-itching qualities. Research has also shown that a diet that includes oats to help lower LDL (see: Bad) Cholesterol, and fight hunger by keeping you fuller longer. And being full means keeping your weight in check. It’s also been found that oats may help reduce the risk of health issues such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. But why stop there when an early introduction of oats in a child’s diet can reduce the risk of asthma; or the fact that the high beta-glucan count present stimulates the immune system and helps inhibit tumors.

4 out of 5 doctors agree: it’s kind of mushy.

One question remains, though. Why is everyone putting it in skincare products? First off, oatmeal is a natural moisturizer, as the beta-glucan and polysaccharides present form a fine film on your skin, while penetrating deep to restore moisture while also exfoliating dead skin cells. Due to the anti-inflammatory property of oats, they’re a great way to relieve itchiness, and beneficial for your dog’s skin as well. Oats ground into a fine powder are often used for this purpose, before being combined with water; these ground oats can also be used as a dry shampoo as they absorb excess oils and dirt on the scalp to reduce the appearance and feel of dirty hair. Oats have been used for thousands of years for treating eczema, poison ivy, insect bites and skin infections due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-itch properties, and now you can make it work for you with these recipes:

  • Hand Scrub:

Mix up some oatmeal and honey, then add a dash of olive oil. For a wonderful aroma, add in a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Great for sensitive skin because of the gentle exfoliating properties, just make sure your sink can handle the roughage!

  • Bath Soak:

Dry weather got you down? Use ½ to 1 cup of finely ground outs to your bath tub as it fills with warm water, drop in some Lavender essential oil, then soak for 15-30 minutes to cleanse your skin, and lock in that much needed moisture. Makes for a great sunburn treatment.

  • Moisturizer:

There’s two ways to enjoy the moisturizing powers of Oatmeal. For starts, you can grind up two cups of dry oats, and then add a cup of lukewarm milk, and a tablespoon of honey. If you’re not a fan of measuring out honey, instead use 1 cup of ground oats, a mashed banana, and some lukewarm milk. Both recipes should be stirred until smooth and applied to your skin for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.

With all these benefits, it’s no wonder why people go gaga over oatmeal these days. How do you use Oatmeal in your daily routine? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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The Best Ways to Fight Dry Skin This Winter, Part 4

The Best Ways to Fight Dry Skin This Winter, Part 4

 

In the weeks past we’ve talked Carrier Oils, touched on Skin Bars, and covered Body Oils. This is the final week of our Winter Skincare Blog Series where we’ll take a closer look at the benefits of Body Lotions.

Cold weather has long since come to roost. If for some reason you haven’t been moisturizing, it’s probably wreaked havoc on your skin. But there is still hope. Even if you haven’t been following along this month with our tips on moisturizing and protecting your skin, there’s still time to reap the benefits. Here’s a recap of what we talked about all month long: Skin Bars to clean up without drying out, Body Oils before you step out of the shower to lock in moisture, and apply Carrier Oils for even more protection. Our hope is to give you the best tools possible to survive this winter, and there’s only one thing left to discuss.

Body Lotion.LotionWhen you need a quick shot of moisture to your suffering skin, nothing does the job quite like lotion.

Most lotions on the market can leave you feeling greasy or sticky, but Plantlife’s Moisturizing Body Lotion will hydrate your skin without leaving an unattractive residue. It’s not about making dry skin oily, but soft and silky smooth. It’s also an accomplished alternative to all those harmful parabens, chemicals, and synthetics, because these lotions are made with organic ingredients, and essential oils.PL_Lotions_Group_Med

With three fantastic aromas to choose from, you can’t go wrong. Lavender is a versatile herb with a long list of benefits, great for soothing and calming all skin types. Grab Lemongrass to perk up your spirits with it’s the crisp, fresh scent. It’s also a great lotion for the warm months, making it a great choice all year round. If you want to refresh your skin, nothing does the job better than the warm essence and sweet aroma of Vanilla Orange. Or you can just buy all three in a convenient bundle pack!

No matter the lotion you choose, it’ll be the perfect tool to add to your winter skincare kit. But the best part of all? You can use these tips all year long for wonderful skin that never stops glowing.

Buy all your Winter Skincare essentials at Plantlife.net

 

 

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The Best Ways to Fight Dry Skin This Winter, Part 1

The Best Ways to Fight Dry Skin This Winter, Part 1

Winter is no longer coming, it’s here. Your favorite holidays are on their way, but you’ll have to be smart about the cold weather if you want to survive with the proper grace and aplomb. First, the facts: Cold air holds less moisture and heaters won’t help the situation. Both will cause your skin to dry out and once that happens you’ll be stuck in an arms race (sometimes literally) to fight the damage as its happening. The best way to combat dry skin? Preventative measures.

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We Love Chamomile!

We Love Chamomile!

It may look like a daisy, but don’t be confused! This little beauty makes a great essential oil! Chamomile, a flower that can grow up to one foot in height, has been used in aromatherapy for its benefits through inhalation, consumption, and in topical applications.

Chamomile has been said to be helpful for skin issues such as eczema and irritated skin because of its natural anti-inflammatory properties. It is used in a wide variety of skin applications for all sorts of issues. For internal use Chamomile, often used as a tea, has been said to promote rest and relaxation and as an aide for upset stomachs.

Do you love Chamomile? Check out these related products by Plantlife Natural Body Care:

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Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile Aromatherapy Soap
Chamomile Aromatherapy Soap

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Note: This information is for educational purposes only; it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. Never use undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin, always perform a small patch test with the diluted essential oil to an insensitive part of the skin.

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