You know that oatmeal is good for you on the inside (more on that later), but what else is it good for? Your skin. The gel from oatmeal is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and is good for psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, rash; almost any condition of the skin that involves inflammation. It can calm the itching and burning and then proceed to promote healing. Lightly cook some oatmeal with extra water then apply the cooled gel to the skin. Leave on to dry and let it remain as long as you can. You can even buy oatmeal soap but why bother when you have the answer in your own cupboard. Now, what about the inside? It is proven to lower cholesterol, it has anti-cancer properties, and the slippery oatmeal acts as a mild laxative. Anything else? Well, yes. If you’re a gardener, oats make a great cover crop or green manure. It will sprout in early spring and is easily turned under for a green manure or left to mature and dry and knocked down for a mulch. If cholesterol is a problem, you’ll find oat bran has more lowering power than oatmeal. You might try this recipe for muffins as a delicious way to get your oat bran.