Beauty Remedies with Oatmeal

October 29 is National Oatmeal Day! Oatmeal has long been a favorite breakfast dish and is meal that is not only a quick hunger fix, but is also full of wonderful health benefits. Oats provide a good source of fiber and are a great way to lower one’s blood cholesterol. Oatmeal is also recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as a food that may reduce the risk of heart disease in combination with a normal low-fat eating regimen. If you think that oatmeal is a popular dish in the United States, you will be surprised to learn that it has a number of long traditions in other countries. In Scotland, oatmeal has been a popular grain option for many years because oats are easier to grow than wheat particularly in light of the area’s short wet growing seasons. Traditionally, the Scots grind the oats into a coarse powder, separating it into different batches depending on the coarseness. The ground oats are then used in dishes such as porridge, brose, gruel, skirlie and haggis, as well as a number of other popular applications. In Switzerland, oatmeal is used in a popular cold breakfast dish called Muesli, where the oats are combined with milk, honey and other spices, refrigerated overnight and eaten the next day with nuts and fruits added to the dish. In the United States, Vermont has the biggest connection to oats and oatmeal due to the large number of Scottish settlers that came to the state. Today, Vermont is the leading state in per capita consumption of oatmeal. Whether you like your oats in a cookie, a smoothie or in a plain old batch of oatmeal with apples and cinnamon, give thanks to oatmeal on its national day.

Oatmeal and Beauty

Most of us think of oatmeal as something we eat for breakfast, but it can also be used for facials or skin treatments. It is very beneficial for your skin. It cleanses your skin without irritating or drying it out. In addition it helps relieve any dryness you might be feeling and helps maintain the moisture content in your skin.

Benefits Of Oatmeal:

Oatmeal is very beneficial for your skin. it is one of the best natural treatments for dry skin. It can also act as natural skin cleanser, facial scrub and soothing facial mask.

1.  It is anti-inflammatory. So, if you have redness along with dry and itchy skin, this could be your new best friend as it reduces redness and makes the complexion more toned and even.
2.  It is truly all in one cleanser.  It cleans, moisturizes, soothes and protects the skin. It helps heal the skin after exposure to the sun. When used as a skin cleanser, it actually absorbs and removes surface dirt and impurities while providing very gentle exfoliation, leaving skin smooth, soft, and clean, without soap.
3.  For those with skin irritations that have been caused as a result of using other cosmetic products or have been exposed to chemicals present in some cleaning products, then you should consider using oatmeal. This natural treatment method is also useful for people who have excessively scrubbed their skin. It cleanses deep pores without drying out or irritating the skin.
4. Oatmeal baths are highly recommended to people with acne. This is because of the soothing properties of oatmeal that provide relief to your skin.

 Homemade Oatmeal Beauty Recipes:

Face Masks Of Oatmeal:

Here are few simple ways in which you can prepare face masks using oatmeal and apply them regularly on your face:

Deep Cleansing Face Mask:

Mix 1 tablespoon of finely grounded oatmeal with 1 tablespoon of live organic yogurt and 1 small spoon of honey. Just beat the mixture until it becomes consistent enough to spread all over. If you warm the honey it will give more consistency to the mixture. Apply the mixture on a clean face and leave it on for  10- 15 minutes. Then wash it off with warm water and see the results.

Honey And Oatmeal Face Mask:

Mix 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon instant oatmeal. Blend all these ingredients to make them consistent. Apply the mixture to  your face and leave it on for a few minutes. Rinse it off with luke warm water.

Oatmeal And Egg White Mask:

Mix oatmeal with one  egg white. Blend well and then apply to your face. Leave it on until it dries, which should take about 15  15 minutes. Then wash it off with warm water.

Scrubs
Oat flour can be used in face and body scrubs to buff your face for a clean, soft finish. Here’s a few real easy ones:

Mild face scrub
Mix 1 part oatmeal flour with 1 part carrier oil (such as olive), wash off with warm water. Finish with some oat milk toner.

Oatmeal body scrub
Mix equal parts of olive oil and sugar with a bit of a carrier oil. Use as a body scrub instead of soap, wash with warm water. You’ll probably not need to moisturize after using this scrub.

Dry shampoo
If you have blonde hair, ground oats is a fantastic dry shampoo. Just rub some over your scalp, and brush excess oats out with a boar bristle brush.

Oat bran bath
Put about 1 dl (0.5 cup) of oat groans or rolled oats in some cloth and tie it up to make a small bag. Put this in your bath tub or in your foot bath. Press the bag a bit until the oatmeal “milk” comes out. You can also use this bag instead of soap on your body or face. It will give a light scrubbing and cleanse your skin and pores.

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Spa Omelet Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon olive oil spray
1/4 cup diced fresh shiitake mushrooms
1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion
1/4 cup small diced tomatoes
1/4 cup packed spinach
1 tablespoon low-fat cream cheese
3 egg whites , lightly whipped
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Preheat the broiler. Heat a sauté pan with a flameproof handle over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the vegetables and sauté them until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Pour the egg whites over the vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the bottom is done and the sides are firm, about 4 minutes. Spread the cream cheese on top of the omelet.

Place the pan under the broiler for about 2 minutes to finish cooking the top of the omelet. Remove from heat. Fold over half the omelet and serve.

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2040_10200133690965479_1403608009_nApril M. Monterrosa is the Owner of  The Lil Spa Room , PCA Skin Certified, a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor, Founder of  Wonderfully Wise Women, & a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine. Just a simple &  Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, & a licensed Cosmetologist of 17+ years, blogging about things I love most…Beauty, Love, Life, Spa, Wine, and everything else in between! Check out my other Blog at: wonderfullywisewomen.me

Hair Masque Recipes

Hair Strengthening Treatment

This homemade hair mask recipe is great for nourishing weak and brittle hair that’s prone to breakage.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup plant oil
  • 1 teaspoon chamomile
  • Nettle leaves
  • Birch leaves
  • Yolk
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2-3 drops rosemary oil
PREPARATION

Heat plant oil slightly and then add chamomile, nettle leaves and birch leaves. Leave to brew for approximately 30 minutes. Strain mixture. Add one egg yolk, honey, lemon, and rosemary oil. Mix well.

APPLICATION

Apply mixture to damp hair and massage gently until hair is completely coated. Cover hair with a towel, shower cap or cling wrap. This will retain heat and enhance the nourishing effects of the treatment. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse out with cool water.

Hair Mask for Dry or Color Treated Hair

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa
  • Hot milk
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 vitamin E capsules (pierced)
  • 2-3 drops geranium essential oil
  • 2-3 drops cedar wood essential oil
  • 2-3 drops ylang ylang essential oil
  • 2-3 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2-3 drops lavender essential oil

PREPARATION

Mix together cocoa and a little hot milk until you achieve a creamy consistency. Add all essential oils into the cocoa and milk mixture. Mix thoroughly until ingredients are completely combined and smooth.

APPLICATION

Apply mixture to hair, covering completely from roots to tips. Leave treatment in for approximately one hour. Rinse hair mask completely, then shampoo and condition as normal.

Green Tea Hair Mask

This homemade hair mask is very effective for stimulating healthy hair growth if you suffer from thinning hair and hair loss. Use this treatment three to four times per week to create long, thick and luxurious hair.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons fresh green tea (strong)
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 egg yolk

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients together until you reach a creamy consistency.  If it becomes too thick, add more green tea.

APPLICATION

Part hair down the center and apply mixture. Cover hair with a shower cap or cling wrap. Leave in for approximately 15 to 25 minutes. Your head will feel slightly warm, as the mustard helps to increase the blood circulation to the scalp. Rinse thoroughly, then shampoo and condition as normal.


OLIVE OIL MASK (for coarse to medium hair) : Whisk up 5 tablespoons of olive oil (it doesn’t matter which sort) with 2 eggs. Massage thoroughly into your hair and then cover it with plastic wrap or a shower hat. Your body heat will help the oil to penetrate. Leave for a minimum of 30 minutes and then shampoo out. Rinse well.

 

COCONUT CREAM MASK (for medium to coarse hair) : Soften a large chunk of coconut oil cream in your hands and massage into hair. Wrap your head in a warm towel and leave it on for an hour. Wash out with a gentle shampoo.

 

MILK & HONEY MASK (for fine hair) : Mix a tablespoon of honey in half a cup of full fat milk. Apply to your hair and leave for 15 minutes. Wash out with a mild shampoo.

 

Honey & Cinnamon

Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. What it will do is what some call ‘turning to sugar’. In reality, honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will “crystallize”. When this happens loosen the lid, boil some water and sit the honey container in the hot water, but turn off the heat and let it liquefy naturally. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. This will kill the enzymes in the honey.

Cinnamon and Honey

Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world.  Honey can be used without side effects for any kind of diseases. Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients.

Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply it on bread instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, when they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily (morning and night) one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses.

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.

Fun, Fresh, and Fruity Facial Mask Recipes

 Fresh fruit facial masks can provide many benefits for the skin because they contain a large quantity of fruit acid, enzymes, vitamins, and antioxidant protection. When applied to the skin they have a powerful exfoliating effect that gets rid of dead skin cells, leaving it with a natural glow.

 Apple Facial Mask:   

 Ingredients:

1 apple cut into quarters.

2 tablespoons of honey

½ teaspoon sage

Directions: Chop up the apple quarter in a food processor. Add honey and sage and keep in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Apply the mixture onto the face until the honey feels tacky. Apply the mask for 30 minutes and then rinse the face mask with cool water.

Green Grapes facial mask:

Ingredients:

1 cup of green grapes

1 teaspoon of honey or egg yolk

 Directions: Crush the grapes into a pulp. Then add the honey or egg yolk (whichever desired). Apply the mixture to dampened skin for 15 minutes and then rinse.

Banana Mask:

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana

1 tablespoon honey

4-5 tablespoon almond

 Directions: Mash the banana, add the honey and almond and add some water to get the consistency you desire. Apply the mixture on your damp face and neck for about 15 to 20 minutes then rinse your face lukewarm water.

 Lemon Facial Mask:

 Ingredients:

4 table spoon flour

4 tablespoon yogurt

1 table spoon lemon juice

 Directions: Combine them together to make a paste. Apply lemon facial mask to the face avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

 Pear Facial Mask: 

 Ingredients:

1 ripe pear

½ teaspoon honey

1 tablespoon of heavy cream

Directions: Peel and core the pear. Cut into small pieces and keep them into small bowl. Mash with a fork into a paste, add the honey and heavy cream. Apply the mixture on the face and neck for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water.

Papaya Facial Mask:

Ingredients:

¼ of a ripe papaya

4 teaspoon of green cosmetic clay

1 1/2 teaspoon of aloe Vera gel

 Directions: Mix the papaya, aloe vera gel, and clay together. Apply the mixture over face and neck only for 20 minutes, and then rinse off with cool water.

Peach facial mask:

Ingredients:

1 peach

1 teaspoon of olive oil

Directions: Mix the ingredients; apply over the face only for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Fruity Facial Masks

SPA RECIPE: Spa-Style Tomato & Chicken Tacos

Ingredients:

1 pound ripe plum tomatoes, cored (about 4-5)
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into 1-inch chunks
Salt & freshly ground pepper
1 large white onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
2 cloves cloves garlic, very finely chopped
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and very finely chopped
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
4 scallions, chopped
12 corn tortillas, warmed
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream for garnish
2 limes, cut into quarters

Preparation:

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat until very hot. Place tomatoes in the skillet & turn occasionally with tongs
until charred on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool slightly. Cut in half crosswise; squeeze to discard seeds. Chop the remaining pulp & skins; set aside.
Add 1 teaspoon of the oil to the pan & heat over high heat until the oil is very hot. Add chicken & season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is browned on all sides and no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate & set aside.
Reduce the heat to medium & add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Add onions & cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and jalapeños & cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Add lime juice & the reserved chicken & tomatoes. Bring to a simmer & stir in cilantro & scallions. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm.
Spoon filling into warm tortillas, roll up & serve with sour cream & lime wedges.

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Tip:
Wrap tortillas in barely damp paper towels & microwave on High for 30 to 45 seconds.