How to Make an Oatmeal Bath

How to Make an Oatmeal Bath

An oatmeal bath is used for soothing and treating rashes, dry skin, eczema and other itchy skin conditions one might have. Here are some ways on how to make an oatmeal bath.

Skin Conditions

Here are some examples of when you can use an oatmeal bath to sooth and hydrate your skin: itchy skin, rashes, poison ivy, mosquito & insect bites, eczema, back acne, sunburn, dry and flaky skin, razor burns, chicken pox.

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Basic Oatmeal Bath Recipe

There are all kinds of ingredients you can add to your oatmeal bath. If you are looking for the most basic oatmeal bath, you only need 1 ingredient: 1-2 cups of ground oatmeal.

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Drawing the Bath

Start by drawing your bath. Make sure the water is warm, and NOT hot. If the water is too hot, it can cause the condition to worsen. When the water has gathered around 5 – 6 cm high, start sprinkling your oatmeal into the bath water. Make sure the oats aren't stuck together. You will need to soak in the bath for 20 – 25 minutes. Once the time's up, rinse yourself with some warm water to wash off the oatmeal before climbing out of the tub. Careful not to slip as the oatmeal leaves a slick residue.

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Milk and Aloe Vera Oatmeal Bath Recipe

If you've heard of milk baths before, you'll know that they can hydrate the skin. To make the bath even more effective, use whole milk. Aloe vera is an amazing plant that can also be included. When cut open, it has a jelly-like texture that can be used as a moisturizer. For this recipe, you'll need: 1 cup of oatmeal, 3 cups of whole milk, and 4 tablespoons of aloe gel.

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While your warm bath is being drawn, add in your oatmeal. After a minute or two, add in the whole milk and aloe gel. Make sure that everything is evenly distributed before climbing into the tub. For this bath to take effect, you'll need to bathe for 25 – 30 minutes. Rinse off the milk, oats, and gel before patting yourself dry with your towel.

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Lavender and Chamomile Oatmeal Bath

Both lavender and chamomile flowers have the ability to calm and sooth your body and mind. For this recipe, you'll need: 1 – 2 cups of oatmeal, 6 tablespoons of dried lavender buds, and 6 tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers.


Drawing Your Bath

First, start by preparing your warm bath water. After the water has covered the tub floor, you can start adding your oats. Make sure they are spread as evenly as possible. After your water is halfway up the tub, you can throw in your lavender buds and chamomile flowers. This way, when you jump into the tub, the effects are still strong. You'll only need to soak for 15 – 20 minutes, and you also won't need to rinse off.

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Whenever you skin feels irritated or itchy, go ahead and draw yourself a oatmeal bath. Not only will it take away your stress, it will also help hydrate your skin.

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