When farmers began farming wheat and barley, about 12,000 BC, they did not care much for oats. They thought of oats as an annoying weed that was always getting into their wheat and barley. Around the Bronze Age (1500 BC), farmers in northern Europe began to farm oats on high hilltops where it was too cold for wheat.
Since oats do not contain gluten, they were not much use for breads. Many used oats to make oatmeal or to thicken soup. Oats were also used to feed livestock. Slowly, oats become popular and are now used as an ingredient in many breakfast dishes as well as desserts.
OATS IN SKIN CARE
One of the great benefits of oats when used topically, is it’s ability to calm and protect the skin. Oats are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, folate and potassium. Just as it is nutritious to eat, it also brings benefit to the skin. Oats can ease skin rashes, dermatitis, insect bites and eczema. Turn a bath into a skin treatment by simply adding a little ground oatmeal. You can also place 1 cup of oatmeal in a cloth bag and added to your bath water, if you do not want to add it directly. This addition to warm bathwater will ease skin irritation and discomfort.
The gritty texture of oatmeal makes it an excellent exfoliator. An exfoliant removes unnecessary dead skin cells. Oatmeal as an exfoliant, is a perfect solution, as it is calming and nourishing while helping to slough off dead skin cells. Oats are also a great addition to skin care masks. Mask can be highly beneficial in a skin care routine.
If you are looking for a simple solution to calming the skin and you do not care to use many products, the Exfoliating Facial Bar may be the perfect remedy. Made with honey and organic oatmeal and bran, it is calming enough to use on the face and the body. One product made for body AND facial cleansing. Perfect for any person on-the-go!
Organic Body Care Recipes, Stephanie Tourles