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How to Make an Oatmeal Bath

How to Make an Oatmeal Bath

An oatmeal bath can be very soothing and relaxing. It is especially beneficial for people who are suffering from itchy skin conditions, such as poison ivy rashes and chickenpox. It can also be used to reduce inflammation caused by sunburn, insect bites, or allergies. Other uses of oatmeal baths include normalizing your skin’s pH, softening and moisturizing your skin, cleansing your skin and absorbing dirt, oil, and odor, and protecting you from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. If you are interested in how to make an oatmeal bath, here are the steps to do so.

  1. Prepare your ingredients. You will need plain, unflavored, whole grain oatmeal. Fine oatmeal grains are best. Other ingredients you may want to add, but are optional, include ¼ to ½ cup of small lavender buds, essential oils of your choice, ½ to 1 cup of milk, and Epsom salts. All of these ingredients contribute to a more soothing and rejuvenating oatmeal bath. You will also need a spoon, a bowl, a muslin piece or coffee filter bag in which to put your mixture, and a rubber band to hold it closed.

  2. Measure ¾ cup of oatmeal into an empty bowl.

  3. Push down the oatmeal with the back of a spoon so as to prevent clumps from forming. You don’t need to do this if you are already using very fine oatmeal. However, if your oatmeal is large, first put the prescribed amount of oatmeal into a plastic bag, and then run a rolling pin over it to mash it and turn it into smaller pieces.

  4. Add the extra ingredients that you have chosen, that is, the lavender buds and essential oils. However, you should note that the use of extra ingredients depends on why you are taking the oatmeal bath. If you want to take advantage of its relaxation properties, then you may add all the optional ingredients. However, if it is for the treatment of itchiness, rashes, and inflamed skin, you might want to stick to a pure oatmeal bath since you could get allergic reactions from the other ingredients. They might aggravate your condition rather than relieve it.

  5. Mix all the ingredients with the spoon until they are all evenly distributed.

  6. Spoon the mixture into the muslin piece or coffee filter bag. The amount of mixture depends on the size of your filter. For instance, size four filters can hold around four spoonfuls of oatmeal. After filling the muslin piece, tie it off with a rubber band.

  7. Fill your bathtub with running hot water. This is also your chance to pour in the milk, if this is something you want to add. You may also add Epsom salts at this time. Epsom salts soften the skin and help relieve muscle aches. Once again, if you are taking an oatmeal bath to relieve itchiness, you may want to skip the milk and Epsom salts.

  8. Throw the oatmeal bag into the tub away from the running water. Allow the water to cool and let the essences in the oatmeal bag disperse in your bath water.

  9. Once the water has cooled down to tepid temperature, you can step into your oatmeal bath. Remember to gently squeeze the bag to release more oatmeal liquid into your bath. You can stay as long as you want in the bath, unless you are treating a skin condition. In that case, stay for a maximum of ten minutes only.

Now that you know how to make an oatmeal bath, you can enjoy it anytime you want. It is gentle enough to enjoy daily. Just be careful with the water temperature to avoid scalding. Always check the water temperature before you get into your oatmeal bath.


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