Make It Monday: Homemade Oat Bath Recipe
"I am sure there are things that can't be cured by a good bath but I can't think of one." -- Sylvia Plath
Really, what is Eczema or external allergic reactions? In general, it is a condition that causes skin inflammation and irritation (itchy red skin). External treatments include to add moisture, reduce inflammation, soothe the itchy skin. Repairing and restoring the skin also needs to be considered. Some causes of eczema involve our daily health such as food allergies and diet as well as inflammation (avoid those nightshades).
Oats? Absolutely yes. Why oats? The cosmetic properties for oats (Avena Sativa) are to exfoliate and as an emollient. They are rich in antioxidants which makes them a great remedy to sooth skin irritations and rashes caused by eczema/external allergic reactions and are also soothing for acne. Ground dry oatmeal (rolled oats work best) or bran are wonderful ingredient to use when creating homemade body scrubs, soaps, and facial masks, shampoo, balms, lotion bars, and in a refreshing and soothing bath.
Hydration while bathing? Absolutely yes. Please remember to stay hydrated with lots of water or herbal teas before and after a bath. A nice hot (and even warm water) bath makes us sweat. Please remember to replace those lost fluids.
Melanie's Best Homemade Oat Bath Recipe:
- - 1 cup Epsom Salt
- - 1 cup Sea Salt
- - 1 cup baking soda
- - 1/2 cup ground rolled oats
- - 1/2 cup dried small rose buds
- - 1/2 cup dried Calendula flowers
- - 1/2 cup dried lavender buds
- - lavender essential oil (30 drops)
- - rose absolute essential oil (5 drops)
Mix all of the ingredients together in a large glass bowl and then store in a glass air-tight container. When preparing a bath, add 2 to 3 tablespoons into a muslin bag, cheese cloth or coffee filter tied with a string, a large tea ball, or even an old sock works great tied with a string.
It is important to consider using organic as a best practice for these ingredients. Organic ingredients help to make sure a more pure ingredient to reduce further skin irritation, allergic reaction, and skin inflammation.
After bath, consider applying a thin coating of Borage Seed oil, Sesame Oil (Sesamum indicum) or Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea) externally to the irritated or inflamed areas of the skin. Borage Seed Oil has amazing properties in healing dry itchy skin. Sesame Oil is known to be helpful for eczema, dry skin, psoriasis, and dandruff because it protects the skin from the sun and reduces stress-related symptoms. Olive Oil an antioxidant that has linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid) that can help to moisturize the skin. A very thin layer of either oil goes a long way and can be very comforting and soothing after a nice hot bath to help repair and restore the skin.
Relax and enjoy!