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5 Homemade Oatmeal Baths To Soothe Itchy Skin

Oatmeal is traditionally used for alleviating itchy skin conditions. They are a natural source of plant compounds called avenanthramides that are known for their anti-inflammatory property. They help in soothing skin irritation and itch. Furthermore, starch and beta-glucan present in oat help in keeping the skin moist. A number of clinical studies support the use of oatmeal for itchy and inflammatory skin conditions. An oatmeal bath is best suited for relieving the itch. It helps in reducing irritation and itching caused by allergic reactions, eczema and insect bites. While colloidal oatmeal is usually recommended for faster relief, you can even use your regular rolled oat to get rid of the itch.

Here Are Some Of The Best Ways To Make Oatmeal Baths For Itchy Skin:

1. Basic Oatmeal Bath:

This is the basic oatmeal bath recipe  [1] .To make the bath, you can use either colloidal oatmeal or rolled oats. If you are using colloidal oatmeal, dissolve a packet of the commercial oatmeal in lukewarm bath. When the commercial preparation is not available, use your regular uncooked oats for preparing the bath. Mix a cup of finely ground uncooked rolled oats with three cups of cold water. Add the oatmeal mixture to your bathwater. Soak in the lukewarm oatmeal bath for 15 to 20 minutes.

Basic Oatmeal Bath

2. Oatmeal and Baking Soda:

To soothe the dry and itchy skin, in addition to oatmeal, use baking soda [2]. Baking soda helps in restoring the normal pH of the skin, which helps in relieving the itch and irritation. To prepare a bath for the dry, itchy and sensitive skin you will need a cup of oatmeal and half of a cup of baking soda. Put the two ingredients in a blender and blend until the oats are finely powdered. Fill your bathtub with warm water and add the oat and baking soda mixture. Stir the water with your hands so that the mixture is evenly distributed in the bathwater. Soak in the oatmeal bath.

Oatmeal and Baking Soda

3. Oatmeal and Milk Bath:

The natural lipid present in milk makes the skin soft and soothes the dry, irritated skin [3]. Soaking in a milk bath helps is reducing the skin dryness and irritation. The oatmeal and milk bath is best suited for the dry and itchy skin. Put a quarter of a cup of oatmeal in a muslin bag and soak it in hot bathwater. Allow the water to cool to let the oatmeal essence disperse in the water. When the bathwater becomes lukewarm, add half a cup of powdered milk, one tablespoon of hazelnut oil and six drops of lavender essential oil. Mix the ingredients well. Soak in the bath as long as you feel comfortable.

Oatmeal and Milk Bath

4. Oatmeal and Lavender:

Lavender is known for its soothing effect on the skin [4]. For the itchy skin, soak in a bath that contains both oatmeal and lavender. You will need ¾ to 1/3 cup of finely powdered unflavored oatmeal and ¼ to ½ cup of lavender buds. Mix the two and put the mixture in a muslin bag or coffee filter bag. In a tub filled with relatively hot water, soak the muslin bag containing the mixture. If desired, add a cup of milk and Epsom salt to the water. When the bathwater reaches a tolerable temperature, soak in the water.

Oatmeal and Lavender

5. Oatmeal, Almond Meal and Cornmeal Bath:

Combine finely ground oatmeal, almond meal and cornmeal in equal quantities [5]. Put a cup of the mixture in a muslin bag and put it in the hot bathwater. The water will turn milky. Soak in the lukewarm water for 15 to 20 minutes.

Oatmeal, Almond Meal and Cornmeal Bath