The feedback to the launch of the website was tremendous, I thank you all for your kind words, criticism, enthusiasm and interest in what I am doing here. It was heartwarming to receive so many e-mails from all around the world. And yes, there will be an Italian version of the website, just give me some more time. I love Italy, the language - it is my home like no place has ever been before.
We had heavy thunderstorms last night with lots of rain. The rain is desperately needed, as winter was far too dry.
When I got out of the house this morning, looked at the clear, blue sky and took the first breath of fresh air, all clean and filled with the aromas you only get after the rain, it felt as if I would see and feel all this for the very first time. It was a blessing and filled me with joy, a joy which will guide me through the day.
On my morning run, I enjoy to run barefoot, it felt like being a child again, running in the mud and getting really dirty. The air was fresh and cold, but the earth under my feet felt warm - this planet is alive!
The oldest person alive in Scotland, 112 year old Gladys Hooper, once said the secret to longevity is "eat your porridge every day and stay away from men". Well, she surely is right on her oats, whether keeping men at a distance helps, will need further research, I believe.
Oats (Avena sativa) do indeed have numerous beneficial properties for your health and beaut care. Just one cup of oats have 10mg of readily available protein, they are a nutritional powerhouse - the right way to start your day. Beta-glucan, a unique fiber in oatmeal, has beneficial effects on cholesterol levels, it contains plant lignans, which are converted by the intestinal flora into mammalian lignans, one of which is called enterolactone, which protects against breast and other hormone-dependent cancers as well as heart disease. Eat your porridge every day.
But oats are fantastic in skincare as well. And remember the skin absorbs everything you put it in contact with, as if you were actually eating it.
I produce creams and soaps using oats and oat milk, but there are terribly easy, cheap and effective ways you can integrate oats in your daily skin care, leaving your skin silky, well nourished, hydrated and firm in a way no commercial product can compete with. And it is dead cheap. Naturally, when I write about the benefits and use of oats, I refer to organically grown oats.
You need: rolled, organic oats, a teaspoon, fresh non chlorinated water, and a little jar with a lid.
Add a teaspoon of oats in the jar, fill it up with water, close the lid and shake vigorously. let it steep over night. In the morning (do not shake the jar, just use the almost clear liquid), after having cleaned your face, dab the tonic with a cotton pad on your face. Beta-glucan forms a fine film on your skin and penetrates deep into the skin to provide deep moisturizing to your skin. Be careful to just use a small amount of oats, to not shake the jar before using it, you do not want to have a sticky porridge on your face. The tonic will keep in the fridge for about three days, then it will start fermenting.
Facial mask and remedy for rushes
Make a small amount of porridge, just oats and water, let it cool down then add crushed fennel seeds and a teaspoon of honey. Apply all over the face and neck, leave for approx. 20 minutes before washing it off with warm water.
This mask will also give relieve with skin rushes, neurodermatitis, dry and flaky skin, replenishing the skin moisture, removing dead skin cells. It enhances wound healing and improves collagen deposition and activation of immune cells within the skin.
Bath and shower with oats
You need: a small, white linen or cotton bag and organic rolled or crushed oats.
Often, I use the oat paste that remains after having made oats milk, so nothing goes to waste. Fill the little bag with a generous amount of oats, soak it well under the shower and rub it all over your body, soaking it again and again to get that nutritious oats milk all over you. massage it well into the skin before rinsing it off. Naturally, you do not wash it off using soap.
If you prefer a luxurious oats milk bath, attach the cotton bag right under the water tap when you run your bath and it will act like a tea bag. No need to rinse it off after the bath.
Have a good day