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15 Problems You Can Solve with Oatmeal

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6. Dirty hair: Oatmeal can cleanse hair as well as skin. The Livestrong Foundation also recommends making an oatmeal-based dry shampoo, ideal for bedridden patients or anyone running too late for a proper shower. Again, commercial options are available, but the homemade version costs pennies. Just grind oatmeal into a powder and mix with an equal amount of baking soda. Rub into the hair and let it soak up oils and odors, then brush out.

7. Itchy, uncomfortable dogs: Dogs also suffer from skin and hair problems, so why not share your oatmeal miracle cures with Fido? Small Dogs Paradise, a holistic canine care site, suggests mixing equal parts oats and warm water and rubbing the mixture thinly over a dog’s dry, itchy spots. Wrap in aluminum foil and keep the dog still for 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and repeat regularly until your dog is scratching less.

8. Excess weight: Health magazine says there is nutritional science behind that feeling of fullness after a bowl of oatmeal. Oat flour has more fiber than wheat and other flours, so cooking with oat flour delivers more “fullness” with fewer calories.

9. Low endurance: Studies have shown that oats can help fuel muscles during a workout. So eat some oatmeal about three hours before your next run or bike ride and enjoy the time-release benefits of this fiber-rich complex carbohydrate.

10. Preventative medicine: To be sure, we’re not suggesting oatmeal is the cure for cancer. However, a study in the International Journal of Epidemiology suggested that premenopausal women can reduce their risk of breast cancer up to 41 percent by focusing on diets rich in oatmeal and other whole grains.

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5:01PM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

Just had some for breakfast!

11:24AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

I love oatmeal

and it really is great as a skin therapy for flared up skin conditions- I used it successfully on myself and others for years- it really is amazing.

3:53PM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Thanks for posting.

3:43AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

good to know. I didn't even know any of these things about oatmeal before reading this.

3:42AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

Don't overlook simple things

5:01AM PDT on Jun 13, 2014

excellent

7:28PM PDT on May 29, 2014

Thank you

3:45PM PDT on May 29, 2014

Thank you :)

8:47AM PDT on May 23, 2014

nice ideas, though i don't see how a facial mask helps with physical exhaustion.

7:17PM PDT on May 22, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

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