I have always had extremely sensitive skin, and as I have aged, it has also turned quite dry. Living in the desert has made it extremely hard for me to keep the dryness and flaking/peeling at bay. In the middle of winter, my skin starts to REALLY dry out hardcore, and I start looking for more ways to get moisture into it. I remember hearing about oatmeal baths, and my mother used to use them on my youngest sister for her severe, childhood eczema. I decided that it could not be hard to make - even if I did not have any particular recipe. In the end, my homemade version is waaaaaaaay better than anything I can purchase at a store - not to mention, I do not have to worry about any yucky, toxic ingredients!
Oats are not just great for breakfast in the morning, they are also really great at soothing all of your skin issues. Wild Oats (Avina Sativa) have been a staple in skincare throughout much of recorded history. As early as 2000 BC, the Arabians and Egyptians used oats to beautify the skin. The ancient Greeks and Romans also documented the use of oat baths to heal skin ailments. Oats are naturally hydrating to the skin, and release milky emollients that can soothe the itchiest of problems. Oatmeal baths are great for sensitive skin as well as:
eczema and psoriasis
boils, burns, and blisters
chicken pox and measles
bug bites, poison ivy/oak/sumac
dry flaky skin
Using a Blender to Powder Your Ingredients
If you thought it might be hard to powder your ingredients for all of your powdered beauty products (cleansing grains, face masks, and more) you would be wrong! You likely have just what you need in your kitchen already! While you can use a food processor or blender, I like to use my Vitamix Blender, or a small electric coffee grinder like this, to powder all of my beauty ingredients. It does an amazing job at powdering anything I put in there, and makes the consistency super smooth! I use my blender for larger amounts of ingredients. You can control the consistency by pulsing the ingredients until they are the consistency you are looking for!
DIY Soothing Coconut Milk + Oat Bath
Oatmeal is a natural cleanser to the skin, there is no need to wash with soap following this bath. In fact, some skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, do better if you cleanse with non-soap cleansers, such as this! You can increase the awesomeness of this milk & oat bath by adding in some lavender and/or chamomile flowers and/or essential oils to the mix!
1/4 cup organic arrowroot powder
1/2 cup organic coconut milk powder (optional – alternatively, use milk powder of your choice)
10 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil (may substitute German Chamomile, if Roman is unavailable)
Pulse oats in a blender or food processor until powdered. Add in arrowroot powder and milk powder, and pulse in your blender until everything is blended together. At this point, I like to transfer the ingredients to my Kitchen Aid mixer before I add the essential oils - because essential oils + plastic is a BIG NO-NO unless is it specifically made for essential oil use. Add essential oil drops and mix at a low speed for a minute or so to blend them in. Store in a mason jar, in a cool dry location, when not in use.
Run hot bath water at full force and sprinkle 1/4 – 1/2 cup of oatmeal bath underneath running bath water. Stir any oatmeal that might settle at the bottom, into the bath. Soak in the oatmeal bath for at least 20 minutes, or more if desired! If you are experiencing severely dry, itchy, or rash covered skin, use up to 1 cup oat bath, for a more intensely moisturizing bath.
Note: To heal dry skin, do not wipe your skin dry when getting out of the tub, PAT it dry or just air dry instead.
Follow with a healing body butter or Young Living's lovely Rose Ointment or Sensation Body Lotion. (I like to use a homemade, herbal infused whipped body butter. I will share that recipe at some point soon!)