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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Oatmeal Baths Sooth Dry Skin

Winter weather can play havoc on our skin. From the cold temperatures and wind to the indoor form of heat our skin can become very dry. Dry skin can be itchy, dry and inflamed and make us feel on edge. One remedy that has been around for quite a while and has been shown to be successful is an oatmeal bath.

Avena, sativa, the plant that grows oats itself is high in calcium, chromium, magnesium, vitamin A, and vitamin B. Soaking in a bath of oatmeal will help calm and soothe the nerves. Scientist believe that the oat plant itself and what is made up of is responsible for its soothing abilities with poison ivy, poison oak and chicken pox. The same anti inflammatory elements that helps relieve those conditions can help relieve eczema and dry skin.

One way is to pour the dried oatmeal directly into the bathtub. But after enjoying the soothing effects you may find it a bit difficult to get it all cleaned up. Another way and one that I prefer is to use an old sock. (you know one of those mismatched socks that hangs around in the basket finally has a job to do) A tall sock will be needed as you will stuff it full of 1/2 cup of oats. The old fashioned oats work better When the oatmeal is in the sock tie it shut.

Fill a bath tub full of warm water (hot water will irritate the itch even more) Getting the sock soaked and squeezing it often will make a slick and soapy feeling. The water will turn a cloudy milky like color Enjoy your bath

Following the bath the sock can be used to dap on areas that still feel itchy. The sock can be dried and rewet for later use. Oatmeal baths can be taken several times a day but if they are needed more than 3 times a day time to go see a doctor.

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