Oatmeal…..it’s not just for meatloaf and breakfast any more! It’s true. Oatmeal has other purposes. From skin care to keeping your heart healthy, oatmeal does this and much more. But what is oatmeal really? Most people think it’s just oats. It kind of is, but it kind of isn’t. My intention here is to show you the perfect purpose of oatmeal soap. Well before I share outstanding oatmeal soap recipe I’d like to break it down a little and define oatmeal and the positive ways it can help with your skin care regime.
Oatmeal is a grain that most countries consume in vast amounts throughout the year. It can be ground, rolled or crushed for a variety of purposes. The oatmeal that you most commonly buy in a grocery store for human consumption would be either rolled or crushed. It has been a popular breakfast choice among people due to its nutritional values, relatively low cost and accessibility. I will save you the wordy text that defines the actual preparation of oatmeal and summarize it as follows.
Want an excellent source of fiber full of omega-3 fatty acids, thiamine, iron, beta-glucan and the antioxidants known as avenanthramides? Then you need to eat oats. Oatmeal also helps reduce harmful cholesterol levels and it may boost the immune system. As far as skin care is concerned, oatmeal is a strong natural contender against any store bought soap product. With the many values that oats have to offer, especially its values in being beneficial for skin care, it is used in many different cosmetically made type products. It enriches the skin and is used as a neutralizer to treat itchy or dry skin. Using oatmeal in the production of home-made soaps would be a smart choice with all of the natural healing properties that it obtains, not to mention the lovely smell the oats bring to the soap. Oatmeal and honey is a common combination that is commonly used for cosmetic products and gets a lot of sales as it seems to be popular.
Oatmeal is popular in soaps because it has both exfoliant and moisturizing properties. Much soap has added exfoliant properties. The scrubbing action in the cleanser removes dead skin cells and reveals a healthy, fresh layer of skin in its wake. Scrubbing soaps also are great for removing blackheads and other impurities. Oatmeal is the ingredient that gives this soap its scrubbing action. Moisturizing soaps are essential for people with dry or sensitive skin. Oatmeal soap in particular is better for some people to use because the soap is not as irritating or causes dry skin.
Even store bought natural soaps may have ingredients listed that you are not sure about. Below we are going to discuss how to make oatmeal soap. There are several recipes but this homemade oatmeal soap recipe seems to be fairly simple and can be made by the entire family.
Oatmeal in soap has several purposes. The oil in oatmeal is nourishing for dry skin, and colloidal oatmeal is regularly recommended as a home remedy for short-term relief due to the itchiness of skin irritations. Colloidal oatmeal is finely ground oatmeal. It is not essential to buy costly packets of the powder, just grind organic rolled oats in a coffee grinder or blender to make home made organic colloidal oatmeal. When oatmeal is not finely ground it serves as a mild exfoliant. In order to benefit from the mild abrasiveness of oatmeal, do not grind it much. If you are going to use rolled oats, grind them in a blender until they are a quarter or a fifth of their original size.
Before we begin, here are some safety tips that may be useful. These are excellent guidelines, but you won’t need to follow all of them unless you choose to make your own homemade natural oil-based soap. Don’t let this scare you in any way, but as with most at home projects you will need to prepare for the activity.
Now it is time to decide if you want to make your own natural oil-based soap or buy it. Natural oil-based soaps are commonly called Castile soap. Castile soap gets its name from the Castile region in Spain. The term castile soap means soap made with olive oil, with no additional fats or oils. It has become common to call soap made with only vegetable oils castile soap. Next, you will need to decide if your handmade oatmeal soap is going to be used for skin irritant relief or more for moisturizing purposes. Grind the oatmeal for itch relief or leave it whole for exfoliant use.
The things you’ll need are; a food processor, 5 tbs. oatmeal, 1 huge block of Castile soap, a large microwave safe mixing bowl, 1 tbs. water, a wooden spoon, and 2 soap molds.
You can use cups or small bowls
- Grate 1 big block of Castile soap into the large bowl.
- Add a single tbsp. of water and cook the soap for 1.3 minutes in the microwave, or until the combination is lukewarm plus the soap should liquefy. Do not let the blend boil over the limits of the basin. Stop the microwave a few times for stirring of the blend and do this as you check the progress. After melting the grated soap and water, set it aside and let it cool.
- Add the oatmeal and stir gently and slowly to the soap with a spoon made of wood until the concoction gets to the regularity you want.
- Do not pour into molds until the soap is cool and thick enough that the oatmeal does not sink to the bottom of the pot. Be careful not to stir too much, or there will be an excess of suds. When the oatmeal is mixed in evenly with the soap, pour into molds and give it time to cool.