Growing up in the midwest I was always outside and I came in contact with poison ivy a lot in the summer and sometimes even a heat rash from time to time, neither of which are any fun at all. I used to buy those Oatmeal Bath soaks from the store until I read the ingredients and found out that the only thing in them was ground up oatmeal. I would actually buy them and add baking soda to the bath too because it like oatmeal has such great anti-itch properties. Depending on your skin you can even add some essential oil, peppermint and lavender can be cooling and soothing but depending on what’s going on it might be irritating so you’ll have to test it out first on a small patch of you skin before adding any to your oatmeal bath. When I use this bath soak it’s because my skin is irritated in some way so I try to make the water a little cooler then normal so I don’t add any unnecessary heat to my already unbalanced system. If I’m using it for something like a sunburn or is my skin is really dry for any reason I will follow a good soak with some Sugar Scrub to really moisturize and exfoliate, I find that the best natural moisturizers for my skin are Coconut Oil and Olive Oil, my skin loves both and feels amazing when I use them. I always moisturize my skin when it is wet, it seems to absorb the oils better and also not be as greasy. But if you feel like you need help clearing out some toxins you can also try a Detox Bath.
Oatmeal Bath (makes one bath)
- 1 Cup Oatmeal
- 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
- Essential Oil (optional)
Put Oatmeal and Baking Soda into your food processor or blender and pulverize until you get as fine of a powder as you can. Pour Oatmeal and Baking Soda powder under the tap of your bath until it dissolves in the warm water, it will look a little cloudy. You can then add a few drops of essential oil if you like. Soak for as long as you want but at least 20 minutes then gently towel dry off and moisturize.