Oatmeal Bath: Four Recipes

If you have had any type of skin rash or irritation, then you’ve probably heard that an oatmeal bath can be a very great remedy. It can soothe skin irritations, from dermatitis to eczema, on skin of all types and ages. With oatmeal as the basic ingredient, you can adjust an oatmeal bath to fit your needs. Different added ingredients will lend different properties to your relaxing oatmeal bath soak. Here are four of our favorite recipes that you can make an oatmeal bath. What’s so awesome about all of these oatmeal baths is that you don’t need to use soap or lotion after (unless you really, really want to). The oatmeal is a natural cleanser that will help clear the pores to give you clean skin. It also adds in proteins and moisture for healthy and hydrated skin. After each bath, a quick rinse with clean, warm water is all you’ll need.

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The Basic Oatmeal Bath (from Natural Home Remedies for Life):

Fill up your tub with warm, but not hot water (hot water can actually cause more inflammation and make your skin worse). Add in some very finely ground oatmeal of your choice. You may use a blender or food processor to achieve an almost powder-like consistency. Stir the tub to distribute the oats. Soak for 20 minutes or longer. Be careful getting in and out of the tub, as the oatmeal can make it extra slippery! Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Oatmeal Bath with Milk (from The Hippy Homemaker):

Add 1 cup oats, ¼ cup arrowroot powder, and ½ cup milk powder of your choice (coconut works well here, but you could use regular milk or goats milk) into a blender. Pulse until oats are broken up and the mixture is ground into a powder. You may add some drops of essential oil at this point. Lavender is great for soothing skin and helping you to relax. Use ½ cup of the mixture in a warm bath to soothe skin. Store remaining mix in a jar with lid.

Detoxifying Oatmeal Bath with Salt and Honey (from Dear Crissy):

Grind one cup of oats in a blender or food processor until smooth and powdery. Add 4 to 6 tablespoons of honey to form a crumbly mixture. Add the Epsom salts and pulse until just mixed. Use about half of the mixture to create your oatmeal bath. You can store the rest in an airtight container until you are ready to use it. The salts will help you draw out any toxins while the oats and honey soothe and moisturize. This makes it great for skin infections.

Beautifully Scented Oatmeal Bath with Herb (from Everyday Roots):

For this bath, choose whatever herbs or botanicals you would like. Rose is a good choice for both fragrance and healing because it’s anti-inflammatory. Dried lavender would also work well. This bath is a little different as you make a bath sachet instead of a bath mix in. To make, cut 4 or 5 8 inch by 8 inch squares of cheesecloth. Cut a few long strips of cheesecloth for tying them up with. Place a handful of oatmeal and dried herbs (such as dried rose petals) in the center of the cheesecloth, and gather the ends. Tie up tightly with a strip of cheesecloth. The sachet can either be dropped directly into the tub or tied to the tub faucet to create the oatmeal bath.