Saturday, September 24, 2011

Homemade Oatmeal Bath

I love oatmeal.  I eat it in some form almost daily (overnight oats, pumpkin spiced oatmeal, oats in my yogurt, or added to muffins and cookies!)  But did you know it's also good for lots of different skin conditions?  Before we figured out my son had food allergies, he had really bad eczema.  Poor baby would wake up in the middle of the night scratching away, so often I would use the Aveeno Baby Oatmeal Bath. It always worked pretty well and I've been using the Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Wash since he was very young.  Thankfully, his eczema is much improved so I no longer keep the oatmeal bath on hand.  *Aveeno has no idea I'm writing this post, these are products I use on a regular basis.  Unfortunately Therefore no compensation was received.

However, I found myself needing it the other night.  With all the rain we've had, and wacky weather, the mosquitoes are UN.REAL.  You can literally get swarmed by mosquitoes in a matter of minutes depending on where you are.  Sure enough, my middle child managed to get eat up (I'm talking 20 bites alone on one arm). My MIL let the kids walk into the woods, not thinking about mosquitoes.  My daughter said they walked a few steps in, and were immediately swarmed!  They high-tailed it out of there, but too late.  The damage was done.  So she comes home, itching, itching, itching.  The only thing I knew to do was put her in an oatmeal bath, and give her some Benadryl (we had tried every topical thing available).  Of course....I was out of the oatmeal bath (we stay stocked on Benadryl however!)  I did a quick search to find out if I could use regular oatmeal, and sure enough, you can.  All you have to do is take your regular, old-fashioned oats, and grind them up in a food processor or blender.  
(these actually needed a few more pulses)

This was one of those duh! moments.  I couldn't believe I had been paying 5 or 6 bucks for oatmeal bath, when I had all I needed sitting in the cabinet!  I just always assumed there was something added, or something different about what you bought in the store.  My daughter would not have questioned it if she had seen me open a packet and pour it into the bath, but she really thought I was off my rocker for getting it from the pantry.  I think she thought it was one of those "weird" experiments - like the time I made tofu parmesan (which IS good!) or tried making chocolate pudding out of avocados (I'm still convinced this can be done, just got to try again!).  

All you need is one cup of oats, a food processor or blender, and grind them up to a powder consistency.  Sprinkle 1/3 (for little ones) to 1/2 cup for big kids under running water.  Swirl it around to mix, and then soak in it!  After having to practically threaten my child, she finally got in the oatmeal bath, and felt much better afterwards.  She even took another one the next morning without me saying a word.  See, Mother does know best!

Linking up with The Ease of Freeze


  1. We used Aveeno when my son had horrible GVHD from his bone marrow transplant. Now that he's feeling better I don't keep it around. I'm bookingmarking this for the next time I wish I had some!

  2. Good idea. I know what you mean about the mosquitos! We took the kids to the park tonight and got ate up! I use WalMart brand Anti-Itch cream and it works great. But, maybe this Oatmeal bath would give me an excuse to lock myself in the bathroom for a while, while I soak in the tub!

  3. I use regular oatmeal all the time. Mix it with baking soda and wash your face with it and your skin will be so smooth.

  4. Thanks for linking this. I've done if for my daughters eczema to save $. Sarah

  5. This is also great for hives!

  6. Fantastic! My daughter uses an oatmeal product by Dermalogica, for just this reason. It's awesome to see homemade recipes too! By the way, I'm so pleased to be a new follower :)

  7. Is this also good for chiggers me and my daughter are ate up I even had to call into work because ofthe swelling pudding itching and irritation from the bites

  8. Is this also good for chiggers me and my daughter are ate up so bad that I have to call into work

    1. Oh no! I've heard they itch terribly! You can put clear fingernail polish over them too...supposed to help



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