Friday, September 2, 2011


I love a good bowl of oatmeal. With raisins, cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg... or blueberries and sunflower seeds... or apples and apple pie spice... I have a lot of fun with my morning oatmeal. But it's not just for breakfast.

DIY Moisturizing Oatmeal Bath Scrub
Throw 1/2 cup of uncooked oatmeal in a bowl. Add just enough milk that the oatmeal completely absorbs it (hint: add half of what you think you'll need, wait a minute, add more if needed), and about a tablespoon of honey, stirring until well mixed.

Use the mixture in the bath. Rinse yourself well, and clean the tub after. It's easiest while the oats are still wet, just wipe and scoop with a damp rag or paper towel.

The alpha hydroxy acids in milk exfoliate, while the fat, proteins and lactose moisturize. Because whole milk has more fat, it moisturizes better than 2% or skim, but use what you've got. Oatmeal is another gentle exfoliant. Honey moisturizes, and also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflamation properties.

My fiancé loves the way it smells as is, but you can add a few drops of essential oil if you like. He also says there is a one-kiss toll to take an oatmeal bath. Payable to the person of your choice, of course.

More uses for oatmeal...

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