When one thinks of oatmeal the first thing that comes to mind is, ‘breakfast’. It is worth mentioning that oatmeal is not only a healthy diet option, but it also can be used as various homemade beauty products. The presence of soluble fibres, beta glucans, Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, proteins and polysaccharides is what makes it a superfood. This bath benefits one’s health immensely. Apart from that, it nourishes skin tissue and benefits the hair as well.
What is oatmeal bath?
The oatmeal used in baths are not edible. The scientific name of the oatmeal used for this bath is avena sativa L, in normal day-to-day terms it is called colloidal oatmeal/rolled oatmeal. Colloidal oatmeals are nothing but oats that have been ground in the form of a powder.
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1). Bath with just Oatmeal
Bag of ground colloidal oatmeal (if not available use the commercial rolled oatmeal)
Bath with Colloidal Oatmeal
Prepare yourself a lukewarm bathtub.
Add 1-2 cups of powdered colloidal oatmeal to this warm water bath.
Thoroughly mix the oatmeal in water. You know it’s done when the bathwater will turn milky in texture.
Place yourself carefully in the bathtub, making sure you don’t slip.
Soak in it for about 30-40 minutes depending on the severity of skin infection.
Bath with Commercial Oatmeal
If you do not have colloidal oatmeal you can use regular oatmeal as well.
Take 1-2 cups of rolled oatmeal and blend it properly into a powdered form.
To check if it’s blended properly, test the ground oatmeal by putting it in some luke warm water. If the water becomes milky, that is when you know it’s done.
Afterwards add this ground oatmeal to you warm water bath.
Soak in the bathtub for around 30-40 minutes.
Basic Bath for Children
For a children’s bath use half oatmeal as much oatmeal as you would for an adults bath. (Preferably ½ cup)
Mix the warm water and oatmeal properly so as to obtain a whitish and milky texture.
Immerse your baby carefully into this warm water bath of oatmeal.
2). Oatmeal and Lavender Oil Bath
Lavender is great when it comes to the skin and hair. It has antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties. It can help cure a wide range of skin diseases and conditions. It is great for the hair as well, it retains moisture in hair, helps cure an itchy scalp problem and makes hair stronger and etc.
- 1-2 cups Colloidal Oatmeal
- 5-10 drops of Lavender oil
- Lavender Buds (if available)
- Prepare a lukewarm water bath.
- Add 1-2 cups of colloidal oatmeal, you may also grind it yourself as mentioned above. (Make sure you check it is ground properly)
- Add 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil to your bathtub, if you have lavender buds you may add that as well.
- Soak in this bath for 30 minutes.
3). Oatmeal and Milk Bath
- 1-2 cups of colloidal/rolled oatmeal
- 1-2 cups of milk
- Fill your bathtub with warm water make sure it is not too hot.
- Add 1 cup of colloidal oatmeal to your bathtub along with 2 cups of milk.
- Mix the oatmeal and milk in your bathtub properly so it evenly distributed.
- Immerse yourself in the tub careful as it may be slippery and soak in it for 20-30 minutes
4). Oatmeal and Baking Soda bath
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate maintains pH in the skin, alleviating it from rashes and any sort of irritation. Due to its alkaline nature it helps retain moisture in hair and scalp . Moisture retention makes the hair healthier, stronger and shinier
- 1-2 cups of colloidal or rolled oatmeal
- ½ cup Baking Soda
- Add 1-2 cups of powdered oatmeal to your warm water bath.
- Also mix ½ cup of baking soda to this bath.
- Mix the water in your gently with your hands until a milky texture is obtained.
- Soak in the bath for about 20-30 minutes.
5). Oatmeal and Almond Meal Bath
- 1 cup rolled oatmeal/colloidal oatmeal
- 1 cup ground almonds
- Prepare a warm water bath.
- Add 1 cup colloidal oatmeal.
- Take 1-2 cups of almonds and blend it so it has a fine powder consistency.
- Mix this ground almond powder with this bath as well.
- Make sure no almond or oatmeal residues settle at the bottom of the tub.
- Carefully get in the bathtub and soak in it for 20-30 minutes
6). Oatmeal and Salt Bath
- 1-2 cups of colloidal oatmeal
- ½-1 cup of normal salt/epsom salt/sea salt
- Fill your bathtub with some lukewarm water.
- Add 1 cup of oatmeal to the bath water.
- Add ½ -1 cup of salt to the bath water as well. You may also add epsom salt to the tub instead (if available).
- Soak in the bathtub for 20-30 minutes.
7). Oatmeal, Neem Leaves and Baking Soda Bath
- 1 cup of colloidal oatmeal
- Neem leaves
- ¼ -½ cup baking soda
- Add 1 cup of ground oatmeal to the warm water bath.
- Afterward add ½ – ¼ cup baking soda and neem leaves to the bath tub.
- Let the neem leaves soak in the bath tub for 10-15 minutes until the bath tub seems slightly green.
- Immerse yourself in the bath tub carefully and soak in it for 30-40 minutes.
8). Oatmeal, Rose Petals and Rose Essential Oil Bath
- 1 cup oatmeal
- ¼ dried rose petals
- 5-10 drops essential rose oil
- Pick some rose petals and allow it to dry until it becomes crisp.
- Mix the dried rose petals with the oatmeal and put it in a blender so as to obtain a powdery form.
- Add 1-2 cups of ground rose petal and oatmeal powder to your warm water bathtub.
- Afterwards add 5-10 drops of rose essential oil to this bath as well.
- Mix the bathtub gently with your hands so it mixes out properly.
- Soak in the bath tub for about 30 minutes.
9). Oatmeal and Tea Tree Oil Bath
- 1-2 cups of oatmeal (colloidal)
- 5-10 drops tea tree oil
- Add 1 cup of ground rolled oatmeals or colloidal oatmeal to you warm water bath.
- Add 5-10 cups of tea tree oil to this tub.
- Mix everything carefully and thoroughly until you get a milky/whitish texture.
- Soak in the bathtub for 30-40 minutes.
10). Oatmeal with various Essential oils
- 1 cup of whole oatmeal flakes
- 5 tablespoons Extra virgin Olive oil
- 5 drops Lavender essential oil
- 10 drops Grape seed oil
- 5 drops vitamin E oil
- Muslin cloth or pantyhose
- Instead of using colloidal oatmeal, we use whole oatmeal flakes for this bath recipe.
- Mix all the mentioned essential oils together properly.
- Add this mixture of oil to the whole oatmeal flakes and making it into an evened out mixture.
- Draw a warm water bath.
- Put the mixture of essential oils and oatmeals into some muslin cloth/bag or a pantyhose (whichever is available). Tie the cloth tightly so that the oatmeal flakes don’t fall into the bathtub.
- Swirl the muslin bag in the bath tub for a while so that everything comes together. Leave this bag in the tub itself.
- Soak in the bath tub for 15-20 minutes. (You may also rub this muslin cloth over your skin and scalp gently.)
Benefits of THIS
As mentioned above, the benefits of oatmeal is not only confined to diet, but it also improves a person’s health. It can be used in an array of homemade beauty treatment recipes, not only the skin but also the hair.
Skin Rash/ Irritation: This bath highly recommended if you want to ease the itching sensations. It is perfect home remedy for curing rashes and irritated skin. It alleviates the skin from any burning sensation providing instant relief.
Skin Moisturizer: It is a great skin moisturizer as exfoliates your skin completely. A great remedy for dry and flaky skin. The presence of beta glucans in oatmeal is what does the trick. It helps by forming a defensive layer around the skin which in turn aids in moisture retention.
Treats dermatological various conditions: It can used to treat a wide range of skin conditions as it has anti inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. For thousands of years it has been used to cure skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and chicken pox (Take this bath at least 2-3 times a week).
Poison Ivy treatment: This is highly recommended if in case of poison ivy infections due to its anti inflammatory and anti-itch properties.
Soothes Diaper Rashes: Great in case of diaper rashes in babies apart from that it will also help retain moisture and smoothness in your baby’s skin.
Natural exfoliator: The presence of saponins in oats makes it an effective skin cleanser, which cleans skin pores from deep within, removing any dirt and impurities.
Cures mild sunburns: Oatmeals also help in cases of mild sunburns. It fastens the healing process and reduces the pain. In the case of a severe sunburn please consult a physician.
Promotes Hair Growth: The presence of various minerals such as potassium, iron, magnesium and etc. prevent any sort of hair loss, promoting further growth of hair.
Takes care of Dandruffs: Since oatmeals are natural moisturizers, with the various bath recipes mentioned above you can make your hair dandruff-free.
Scalp Nourishment: Colloidal oats or rolled oats have a very high protein content as well as the presence of polysaccharides and beta glucans helps cure an itchy scalp as well nourishes the scalp, which in turn strengthens hair follicles.
Cleanses the scalp fully, removing any dust, air pollutants and accumulated sebum.
- If you have any open cuts or wounds make sure you consult a doctor before hopping into this bath
- Oatmeal makes the bathtub quite slippery so make sure no oatmeal flakes sink to the bottom of the tub.
- Make sure the water is not too hot, especially if you’re preparing this type of bath for babies, as it may further irritate the skin.
- If you are using a muslin bag or panty hose do not put it directly in hard running water, as it may open. Instead, gently swirl it in the warm water tub and leave it afterwards as it will start floating.
- Remember these baths do not treat severe skin conditions and therefore always make sure you consult a medical professional first.
|Should you rinse yourself after this?||After soaking into this it is necessary to rinse your body carefully with only water.|
|Is it necessary to have a bathtub?||No, you can fill a large bowl with some lukewarm water and add colloidal oatmeal to it. Afterwards take a clean piece of cotton cloth towel and dip it in the oatmeal water. Apply this soaked cloth on the infected area|
|In dermatological conditions such as eczema and chickenpox for how long should you take oatmeal baths?||You may take this bath twice to thrice a week depending on the severity of the conditions. On average you should take a oatmeal bath for one month. (approx. 4 weeks)|
|Will an oatmeal bath cure a diaper rash completely?||Oatmeal have antiinflammatory and antibacterial properties. It will help soothe the pain and burning sensations caused due to the rash. It is great for babies but remember it does not 100% cure the rash condition and therefore consult a pediatrician.|
|Can use Oatmeal Baths during pregnancy?||Oatmeals baths help alleviate itchiness and burning sensations especially when it comes to the belly of a pregnant woman. Make sure you do not use any essential oil mixed with oatmeal as it may complicate the pregnancy. Remember to always take advice from a gynecologist and dermatologist is delicate situations like pregnancy.|
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