Written by Jasmine
Webmistress The Majickal Garden
Oatmeal baths are soothing for different skin issues. It can offer relief of itchiness, relaxing and skin softening.
-Winter dry itchiness
Since childhood I have experienced varying bouts of Eczema. Winter time seems to annoy the condition more obviously.
When my kids were young with chicken pox I plopped them in an oatmeal bath. They loved spending plenty of time there anyway and at the same time they found much relief from the dreaded double edge sword of scratching! There were a few sunburns and multiple mosquito bites that took them there as well. I did tell them to not do any “scuba diving” that might irritate their eyes!
I used to use cut off a section of a leg from a clean pair of panty hose and drop about 1/3 to 3/4 cup of regular plain oatmeal into it and tie it off at the top. I like to add some lavender buds with the mix-1/4 to 1/2 cup. Lavender is known to be healing as well as relaxing with its fragrance. You could also add a few drops of lavender tincture in the place of the flower buds into the oatmeal and mix well. If you have a more serious skin condition skip the lavender as it might aggravate your condition!
Run a bath with hot water (the heat will allow the essence of oatmeal and lavender to dissolve) and drop the oatmeal bag into the water at the back of the tub. Allow the water to cool to a tepid temperature; too hot can be aggravating and drying. Once in the tub-gently squeeze the bag to release the oatmeal and lavender essence. If you are using a coffee filter…squeeze extra gently or you may end up with a blob of oatmeal in your bath!
You can stay as long as you are comfortable. If you have a skin condition…10 minutes is enough or you might aggravate it.
The oatmeal bath is soothing enough that you could do it on a daily basis if needed.
*Optional: you could add milk or buttermilk for an added soothing element. Add it into the running water from the faucet.
To add to the ambiance; don’t forget your scented candles!
*This is not a substitute for any medical treatment of any kind! It is simply a nice way to relax and soothe your skin.