For some people, the thought of bathing in oatmeal may sound unusual. So it may come as a surprise that it has many skin benefiting properties as it is good for breakfast. Some of these benefits include:
- Relieving dry skin
- Relieving itchy skin; including chickenpox and poison ivy
- Relieving sunburn
- Moisturizing and exfoliation
- Natural cleanser
- Treating acne
The most significant experience I’ve had with an oatmeal bath was when I was a kid suffering from chickenpox. Lying in misery and crying pitifully, my mother decided to make me an oatmeal bath. I remember that it didn’t seem enough of a big deal as there was a marked absence of bubbles, smell goods and color. In short, it wasn’t the Avon bubble bath I was familiar with. Needless to say it worked.
Recently I’ve tried an oatmeal bath for its moisturizing benefits and quite enjoyed it. Sure oatmeal isn’t exotic, but it is one helpful little grain! In order to get the maximum benefit from the oatmeal, it is ideal to have it ground into flour; you can purchase oat flour or make your own. If you choose to make your own flour, you’ll need a clean coffee grinder and about 1 cup of oats to grind into flour. The next step is to add it to a bath to moisturize or relieve dry, itchy or sunburned skin.
Oatmeal Bath Recipe
- 1 cup of oatmeal flour
- 1 large piece cheesecloth, muslin or fabric
- Short string
- Place the oatmeal powder in the center of the material of choice
- Fold up the sides and tie it closed with the string
- Fill the tub with warm or tepid water and place the oatmeal pouch in the water
- Soak in the tub for 20-30 minutes for maximum benefit
- Drain the tub and rinse skin with tepid water and pat dry
- Throw the pouch away
- Repeat every other day or until results are achieved
You can opt to place the oatmeal flour directly in the tub; that is personal preference. But keep in mind that food isn’t meant to go down the bathtub drain.
To make the experience spa-like, consider adding dried flowers to the pouch such as lavender, chamomile or peppermint leaves. The scent of these plants is heavenly in a bath and adds to the relaxation.
Until next time, discover the power of your kitchen cupboard.