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Oats so amazing: The many uses for oats that go way beyond porridge

Oats can be used for so much more than just porridge. Have a look at some of our favourite nifty hacks.


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Oats has to be one of the most popular porridges of all time. When cooked with fresh milk and butter, served with a dash of honey, there is nothing better. But over the years, it has become clear that there are many uses for oats other than just eating, which makes this cereal really versatile.

Uses for oats

Homemade heating pad for pain

You will need:

  • Oats
  • Clean sock
  • Microwave

All you have to do is take a clean sock, put oats inside it and tie it. Place it in the microwave for for two minutes on high. Remove it from the oven and place it on the part of your body where you are feeling pain.

If you are suffering from menstrual pain, it is advisable to eat oat porridge for breakfast. Oats are high in zinc and magnesium which are minerals that help fight cramps.

Skin care

Oats are great for treating acne. They soak up excess oil on your skin. Oats contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that treat dry skin and remove dead skin cells. Oats can be used as an exfoliator, scrub or cleanser.

For a face mask you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon grounded oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Few drops of honey

Mix your ingredients together and apply to your face. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

This mask will leave your skin feeling soft and supple. It is suitable for sensitive skin because of the anti-inflammatory properties in the grains.

Whilst on skincare, did you know that oats help with sunburn? If you forget to wear sunscreen and get burned by the sun, simply add a cup of whole oats to a cool bath. It will help reduce inflammation.

Flour substitute

If it happens that you run out of flour when you need it the most, don’t fret if you have oatmeal. All you have to do is blend the oatmeal until it is a fine powder. You can use the powder as a flour substitute.

Odour absorber

Place an open container of oatmeal in your fridge to neutralise smells. Some people use oatmeal to line ashtrays, and claim the flakes help neutralize the smell of smoke and ash.

Fat burner

Eating oatmeal three hours before your workout can boost your workout by increasing your endurance. Research has also found that oats helps the body burn fat more quickly.

Oatmeal has many great uses besides filling up your family. Make sure you stock up on oats on your next grocery shopping.

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