The best way to treat eczema naturally is to relax in a skin-soothing bath of oats! This easy oatmeal bath recipe will help soothe your skin problems.
Some foods cure you when you eat them; other foods cure you when you sit in them. If you’re hesitant to make your own oatmeal bath, you might try Aveeno’s Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief Shower & Bath Oil with Natural Soothing Oatmeal for Relief of Itchy, Dry Skin. It’s dermatologist recommended, and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. This oatmeal bath oil contains natural colloidal oatmeal to relieve itchy skin while gently cleansing, and features mineral oil that lubricates and moisturizes your skin. It’s also fragrance free.
Try to avoid taking medication for eczema – even if a dermatologist recommends it. It’s better to try natural ways to treat eczema, instead of prescription medications. “Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can cure the patient with food.” ~ Hippocrates, 420 BC.
One of the most effective natural remedies for eczema is a simple oatmeal bath, which can be made in the comfort of your own home. It’s easy to make and oh-so-soothing on your skin. Moreover, it’s soothing on your wallet too!
Here are easy steps to an oatmeal bath recipe that will treat eczema naturally…
An Oatmeal Bath to Treat Eczema Naturally
If you suffer from eczema, you know the pain and itchiness that accompanies this irritating skin disorder. Doctors can load you up with prescriptions, creams, and ointments, but in many cases, these remedies can be harsh or full of chemicals. Not to worry though, there are some natural alternatives that can treat eczema naturally just as well as, if not better than, some of the more popular and expensive creams on the market.
Choose your oats
Finding the right oats for your oatmeal bath is easy. There are plenty of prepackaged oatmeal baths on the market, but for a much cheaper price, you can make the same type of bath with a cheap package of Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Regular Rolled Oats. You can choose from any variety sold at your grocery store, but make sure you read the ingredients to ensure that the oats have no added chemicals, sugars, or salts. Organic is always best, but any store brand of rolled oats will act as a natural eczema treatment.
Grind the oatmeal so it’s bath-friendly
Use a coffee grinder, food processor, or blender to grind the oats into a fine powder. Test the powder’s consistency by taking a teaspoon of the ground oatmeal and mixing it into a cup of water. If the oatmeal is ground well enough, the water should become a milky colour. If there are clumps in the water, you will need to grind the oats some more. You want your oatmeal bath to be smooth and soothing – not lumpy and clumpy!
If your skin is dry and you live in cold weather, read How to Protect Your Skin in Dry Weather and Cold Climates.
Run your bath and add oatmeal to make a soothing bath
Begin to run a warm bath, and make sure to avoid high and hot temperatures as they will irritate and aggravate your skin. As you run the water, add your oatmeal powder to the bath and stir it around until the bath changes into a milky color. Move your hand around the bottom of the tub and try to break apart any clumps that you find in your oatmeal bath. Alternatively, if you want to avoid getting your tub dirty, you can put the dried oat powder into a stocking and run the bath water through the stocking. This will release the enzymes from the oats and help treat your eczema without creating a residue on your bath tub.
Soak and relax in your oatmeal bath
Carefully get into the tub because the oatmeal mixture will make it more slippery than usual. Enjoy your warm bath for 15-20 minutes. Make sure you submerge all of your eczema-affected areas into the water, as you want to allow enough time for the oatmeal solution to soak into your skin and treat the eczema.
Rinse your skin and pat dry
Once you have soaked in the oatmeal bath for 15-20 minutes, drain the tub. Once the tub is empty, rinse your skin with lukewarm water to remove any left-over residue of the oatmeal bath. When your skin is clean, carefully get out of the bath (it may still be slippery) and use a soft towel to dry your skin. Make sure you pat (not rub) your skin dry, as this is less irritating and it allows the nutrients from the oatmeal to stay on your skin.
Treating eczema naturally can be a drag, but this soothing homemade oatmeal bath promises to soothe not only your skin, but also your mind. Besides, who doesn’t love a nice bath after a long day of work?
What natural treatments for eczema have you tried? I welcome your thoughts below!
About the author: Sheena Koo is a Vancouver-based writer, blogger, and website developer. You can find her on twitter at @sheenasaid or check out her website www.hesaidsheenasaid.com, where she writes quirky commentary on the confounding species known as man.
Sheena also wrote Homemade Facial Scrub – How to Make a Natural Face Cleanser, here on Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals.
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Since this article was written, I discovered that an oatmeal bath is effective for other skin problems, as well. To learn more, read An Easy Home Remedy for Shingles – Homemade Oatmeal Bath. I adapted this article and posted it on my other blog, The Bounce Back Babe.