Soothe Your Eczema Symptoms With These Homemade Oatmeal Baths

Health & Medical Blog

Dealing with eczema can be frustrating. One day your skin is clear, and the next it is dry and scaly. The next time you're suffering from overwhelming itchiness and dryness, use one of these homemade oatmeal baths to soothe your symptoms. They're made with simple ingredients that you may already have in your cupboards.

Oatmeal and Olive Oil Bath

This moisturizing bath is safe for even the most sensitive skin. You can even use it to treat your baby's eczema. To make enough for one bath, you will need:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup rolled or quick oats
  • 1/4 cup baking soda

Place the oats in a blender, food processor, or coffee bean grinder, and process until they for a soft, fine powder. Then, pour the oats, olive oil and baking soda into a warm bath. Avoid using water that is too hot, or you may irritate your skin further. Stir the bath water and climb in. Relax in the tub and let the mixture work its magic for 20 minutes.

Sweet Citrus Oatmeal Bath

When you need a little pick-me-up and some extra moisture, turn to this freshly-scented oatmeal bath. You can prepare the mixture ahead of time and keep it in a glass jar, so it's ready to use whenever you need it. One recipe makes enough for 4 baths. You'll need:

  • 4 cups of quick or rolled oats
  • 10 - 12 drops of orange or lemon essential oils

For best results, make sure you are using high-quality essential oils from a reputable company. Place the oats in a food processor, blender, or coffee grinder, and process until very fine. Then, place them in a mixing bowl. Add the essential oil, and stir well to make sure the oil is evenly interspersed throughout the oats. Transfer the oat mixture to a glass jar, and store for up to 1 month.

When you're ready to enjoy a citrus oatmeal bath, stir 1 cup of the oat mixture into a tub full of warm water. Soak for 20 minutes, and let your itchy skin and your stress melt away.

Finely ground oatmeal is an amazing natural treatment for eczema. It not only moisturizes skin, but it also reduces inflammation, which will help control your itching. Give these recipes a try the next time your skin is acting up. You may even find that you like them better than store-bought remedies.

For more information, contact the Northwest Asthma & Allergy Center PS or a similar location.


2 October 2014