Alana here. Time for another article from Advice from Chicas!
Today, I will give you step-by-step instructions on how to make an oatmeal bath. Oatmeal baths are very relaxing and soothing when your skin feels itchy, or is inflamed. Oatmeal is really good for your skin, and it leaves it feeling soft, and refreshed.
You will need:
- Plain, unflavored, (preferably whole-grain) oatmeal; finer oatmeal is best
- Small lavender buds (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup) (optional)
- Lavender (or other) essential oils (optional), for a relaxing bath, check for all usage precautions
- 1/2 to 1 cup of buttermilk or regular milk, for a relaxing, softening bath (optional)
- Epsom salts, for a rejuvenating bath (optional)
- Coffee filters
- A rubber band
The first step is to pour about 1/3 to 3/4 cup of oatmeal into a measuring cup. The amount you use will depend on the size of your coffee filter.
The second step is to push down on the dry oatmeal with the back of a spoon. This will get rid of any clumps that might have formed in storage. You can skip this step if your oatmeal is already in smallish pieces.
You can also ad extras to the oatmeal to make it more relaxing.
Extras could be:
- Lavender buds. If you don’t have lavender buds, take a stalk of dried lavender and break the buds off the branch and use those.
- Add a few drops of your preferred essential oil to the bowl. Be sure to choose a safe essential oil for bath use. Although this step is optional, it does make it more relaxing.
Mix all additions in well with the spoon until the contents are evenly distributed. Note: If you are taking an oatmeal bath for itchy skin or inflamed skin, skip the essential oils. They might aggravate you skin even more.
The next step is to spoon the mixture into the coffee filter. It doesn’t matter too much what size filter, but a big one would be helpful to store more of the mixture.
Then, tie it off with the rubber band. If you don’t have a rubber band, use a string, or ribbon. The rubber band is the easiest to use, unless you have someone to help tie the bag up.
Fill the tub with relatively hot water. If you are adding milk, pour the milk into the tub under running water.
If you are adding Epsom salts, ad about 3/4 of it to the buttermilk when you pour it into the tub. Epsom salts will help sore muscles, and they will help you skin be softer. If you are treating your skin for itchiness or soreness, skip this step.
Throw the oatmeal bag in the back of the tub, away from the end with the running water. Let cool until it is tolerable for you to bathe. When it was hot, the heat would cause the essences of oatmeal and lavender to disperse.
Once in the bath, you can gently squeeze the oatmeal sachet to release more of the liquid through out the bath. Don’t squeeze too hard if you’re using the coffee filter, or it will break and the oatmeal will spill in the bathtub. Enjoy the bath for as long as you like, but if you are treating itchy or inflamed skin, don’t stay in longer than 10 minutes to avoid making your skin even more itchy and inflamed.
You can also light candles to make it more relaxing.
- If you have a skin condition, dry with care, using gentle blotting actions with a soft towel over the itchy or sore parts of your skin.
- Repeat as needed. The beauty of oatmeal baths is that they are gentle enough to be enjoyed daily if wished.
Hope you enjoyed, and please comment or email if there are any questions, or any treatments you would like us to go over! Thanks!