Thursday, May 26, 2011


Oatmeal is not just nourishment for our bellies anymore. Oats have been great addition to many skincare recipes for a long time now. Don’t you remember taking oatmeal baths to help relieve the itching of your chicken pox?  Many of these recipes you can make at home right now. Oats have also been clinically shown to help heal dry, itchy skin. It gently cleanses your skin. Oatmeal is a great for exfoliation of sensitive skin (just make sure you grind it up a bit). People can also use it to create simple recipes for facial masks using a little lemon and finely ground oatmeal to make a paste for their face.
My favorite cold process soap (Oatmeal,Milk and Honey) has oatmeal right in it.

As always be mindful when using natural skin care products to review all ingredients and avoid any which you are allergic to (i.e. nuts are found in many recipes forfacial scrubs).

Here are some simple recipes you can make at home:
Oatmeal, Milk  and Honey Bath
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup powdered milk
2 tbsp honey
Place all ingredients in a small, natural fabric bag (muslin and cheesecloth are great choices). Hang the bag under the faucet as you fill the tub so the running water disperses the skin loving yummies throughout your bath. You can even add a some relaxing lavender buds.
Here is another
If your doctor or other health provider recommends you give your child an oatmeal bath, you have the option to buy the commercially-prepared product at around $6 for eight single-use packets, or you can make your own at home for around $1.
Here's how: You'll need a blender,
food processor or coffee grinder and 1 cup of oatmeal. You can use instant
oatmeal (unflavored), quick oats or slow cooking oats- all work equally as
well. For babies, you'll only need about 1/3 cup per bath.
Blend or process the oats
on the highest setting until you have a very fine, consistent powder. To test the colloid property of the oatmeal, stir 1 tablespoon of the ground oats into a glass of warm water. If the oats readily absorb the water and give it a milky look and a silky feel, you've blended long enough.
Giving the bath: Sprinkle the oatmeal into a tub of running water and stir the water with your hand several times toensure even distribution. Feel along the bottom of the tub for clumps and break
up any you find.
Take care assisting your child into the tub as the oatmeal will make the tub even more slippery than
usual. Allow your child to soak in the tub for 15-20 minutes and pat dry with a soft towel rather than rubbing.
You can use this bath once or twice a day or more frequently as your doctor advises.

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