Soothing Oatmeal Bath for Eczema and Itchy Skin

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Soothing Oatmeal Bath for Eczema and Itchy Skin

I’ve just recently gotten my son Yusuf’s food-related eczema under control (read about it here), so I want to start sharing some of the things we’ve been doing to manage it and keep his skin healthy and hydrated.

Today I’m sharing a recipe for a soothing oatmeal bath for eczema and itchy skin. I got the recipe from our naturopath (Zen-Tai Wellness Centre in Toronto), and it’s so wonderfully soothing and hydrating that I just knew I had to share it with you!

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 This recipe contains 3 simple ingredients found in almost every home, and requires only a minimal amount of prep work. 

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Natural skin emollient and moisturizer, and contains linoleic acid, a compound which prevents water from evaporating.
  • Baking Soda – Increases pH of skin, which soothes itchiness.
  • Oats – Fights dryness by leaving a protective layer on the skin, cleanses and moisturizes, and helps maintain the skin’s natural barrier function. The naturally occurring antioxidants in oats have also been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory properties.

Soothing Bath for Eczema and Itchy Skin
A soothing, moisturizing bath for relieving itchy, irritated skin due to eczema and other skin conditions.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1/4 cup baking soda (where to buy)
  3. 1/2 cup finely ground oats (using a coffee grinder or blender)
For use with a small baby tub
  1. 3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1 tablespoon baking soda (where to buy)
  3. 2 tablespoons finely ground oats
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to bath water and mix well to distribute throughout.
  2. Soak for 15-20 minutes.
Notes
  1. Make sure the oats are ground to a very fine powder, otherwise they'll just sink to the bottom of the tub and leave a big mess to clean up. You can also add the whole oats to a small muslin bag or cheesecloth and hang it in the water if you aren't able to grind them.
  2. Use caution when standing and exiting the tub after the bath, as the ingredients' moisturizing effects will cause the tub to become slippery.
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This bath really helps to soothe itchy and irritated skin, and it leaves the skin so soft afterwards. I don’t even bother moisturizing Yusuf’s skin afterwards because the bath has already done that for me! And because it helps reduce the inflammation, he sleeps much better at night since he’s not constantly scratching in his sleep.

When his eczema was really bad, we did this oatmeal bath almost every night for several weeks. Now that we’ve gotten his eczema managed and under control, we’ve scaled back to maybe a couple times a month. With the cold winter months coming up, we’ll probably start doing them about once a week just for maintenance.

And if you’re in the Toronto area and looking for a naturopath, I highly recommend the wonderful doctors at Zen-Tai Wellness Centre. They’re beyond awesome in their knowledge and care, and I really don’t know where we’d be without their help with Yusuf’s eczema.

Have you tried an oatmeal bath for eczema and itchy skin? What soothing ingredients did you add to help moisturize and nourish the skin?

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Sarah UmmYusuf is a former school teacher turned stay-at-home wife and mama with a passion for all things simple, natural, and homemade. She loves the natural world, and believes the solutions to many of the world’s ailments lie in nature. Her blog, , began as a way to document her family’s journey to a greener home, but has since become a thriving community and resource for those wishing to take small steps towards a more eco-friendly, natural and sustainable lifestyle. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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  1. says

    We love oatmeal baths. It was so helpful for when my son’s eczema flared up last year. The kids think it’s hilarious to have oatmeal in their baths so it makes bath time fun as well.

  2. says

    We’ve done oatmeal baths but only with a store-bought mix. I’ve never heard of adding olive oil to the mix, but I would think you would come out greasy, has anyone tried this? I can totally see wrapping up an oiled up baby – i’m sure I used baby oil in the past – but I wonder how a bigger kid or adult would react to this? Has anyone tried that?

  3. Lynn says

    I swear by these three ingredients! I have developed a ‘winter itch’ which keeps me awake. Its so uncomfortable and NOTHING my G.P gave me took it away, or soothed it. I tried this last winter, but used baby oil. I have to say that I prefer EVOO. This mixture does work. After 6 nights of soaking I have relief

  4. says

    hello,i have tryed over 60 diffrent remedies,oils,creams and more…my daughters excema has been so bad for 10 yrs.i would cry and pray.and i have found a miracle with this website.there is a god……everyone should try this…………….thankyou,so much……tami

  5. Angie says

    My infant has eczema on her face only. Rather than soaking in the tub could I just wash her face with the mixture in a bowl of water? Would the mixture keep in the fridge so I could reuse it? This is my first experience dealing with eczema.

    • Aya says

      I have a five month old son with eczema on his face and torso. It came about mid to late December and I’m still trying to find the cause. My Naturopath said it was environmental toxins/heavy metals detoxing through his skin. We have him on supplements for detox, but have been putting hydrocortisone cream on his face because it was so bad. We have since stopped the cream and the rash came back with a vengeance, but the doctor said out had to finish coming out the skin before it gets better. Thank God out took a few days but out is finally getting better. His belly is still dry and itchy,but not nearly as bad as it was. He itches it constantly, and especially at night. I just made a cream with coconut oil, powdered oats and olive oil. So far, no itching!!

  6. Tammy says

    I have done all of these just not all the same time, first time I did the oatmeal bath I just threw it in lol ya come out with oatmeal all over ya. Also good when kids are sick add rosemary oil or lavender or lemon oil all have a soothing effect on ya mood except one of my sons came out red head to toe from the rosemary oil he was fine just a little reaction did not bother any one else.

  7. Tiffany says

    My daughter has always suffered from eczema and other food related allergies. A few years back after eating certain foods her lips would get red, swell and itch. I put oats and a small amount of water in a cup, microwaved it for 45 seconds. I would dip my fingers in the liquid and rub that on her lips. Not only did it take away the itching, but the redness and swelling would go away within an hour or two. When I talked to her pediatrician about the issue and the treatment I provided he stated that the oats were the perfect solution.

  8. Vicki says

    I am allergic to a few things, such as sunscreen, which leave me with a super itchy rash. I find that a handful of oatmeal in the toe of some pantyhose or socks, in the bath, works wonderfully for my itchy skin. I would take the little bag of oatmeal and rub it on the worst places. I haven’t tried the other ingredients added to it, but I know the oatmeal works.

  9. Farzana says

    Hi there! Im really glad I saw this. I am going to try it. My 3 month old son has developed eczema on the side of his face. Poor kid isnt comfortable at all. Very restless in his sleep now. I was using coconut oil and OTC cream to help treat it. Fingers crossed I have same luck as you ladies in treating it.

    • says

      I wouldn’t do that – I’m not even sure what the consistency would be like. However, I like measure out the oatmeal and baking soda and store them together in little packets. Then when I’m ready to use it, I just dump a packet into the tub as it’s filling up and measure out the olive oil separately.

    • Dan says

      I have used the same ing for my son who has total alopecia, and eczema. the only difference being I add powdered milk to the dry ing , and store in a large container in the bathroom, and leave a scoop in the jar. he is an adult now, and has used very expensive ointments and creams, as well as oral meds, that did not work as well as this.

  10. amama says

    My beautiful baby have eczema all over her body I tried a lot of thing but it just makes it worse, now I am going to try this my question is should I rinse her with water after the bath and I would like to say thankyou

    • says

      Yes, absolutely rinse with water afterwards. When she gets out, her skin will have a thin coat of oil on it. Good luck and you’re welcome!

  11. amama says

    I tried this and it makes my baby skin worse and I took her to the doctor again this time he told me to take her to dermatologist and now its getting so much better

  12. sadaf says

    My 4 years daughter is suffering from atopic dermatatic,is it the same thing as excima??? Because the symptoms r same… Reddish itchy skin and sleepless nights.

  13. says

    Hello & thank you for the recipe for eczema. I have used oatmeal bath type products for years for my eczema but I will be trying this one from now on. My biggest problem is I have eczema on my scalp & my head itches all the time. I even get sores on my head from it. Does anyone know of a recipe that works for the scalp?? Thanks!!

    • Kass says

      Try dottera essentail oils shampoo and conditioner, it completely cleared my eczema after years of sores and open scabs I have a healthy scalp again!

  14. Loretta says

    Any ideas how this could be tried with a bucket bath or shower. Where we live we don’t take soak up baths and my 7 year old has itchy skin. tks in advance

    • says

      The ingredients in the soak have to sit in the warm water for a while in order to infuse, and then the water has to be in contact with the skin for a good while in order to get the most benefit. The only thing I can think of is to prepare the mixture in a large bucket with water, then use a wash cloth to soak up the water and kind of massage it gently on the skin. I’m not sure how well it would work, but it’s worth a shot.

      You could also check out some of these anti-itch remedies: http://naturesnurtureblog.com/2012/11/24/natural-homemade-anti-itch-remedies/

      Best of luck to you and your 7 yr old!

  15. Katie says

    My son will not sit in the tub. He’s terrified of water but I put about a cup of oatmeal in a knee high, tie it off and throw it in the tub. He allows me to rub the wet slimy oatmeal ball on his flare up spot while he stands in the water. I’m going to try adding the other ingredients to a knee high with the oatmeal and rub that on his skin. That may also work on facial dry spots.

  16. Aliya says

    Hi Sarah. Do u think my 6 months old son can have food related eczema? The doctor says he has an eczema. It is just awful… i have no patience with him any more. Every single night is a challenge. Non stop crying and scratching to blood. Desonide cream helps only when u put it on him. And only 7-10 days. What to do the other 20 days i dont know. Tried herb, oatmeal, bleach, bay leaves baths. Will try your receipy. His skin is still red and sooo dry and it is all over his body(

    • says

      Hi Aliya, I’m not sure if it would still be food-related when he’s so young, though it may be possible if you’re breastfeeding. Eczema has so many different triggers, that it could be anything from the products you use on his skin, to the detergent you wash his clothes in, to the wipes you use when you change his diaper. We actually went to a naturopathic doctor who helped us tremendously, so that’s where I would look because they help you get to the root cause of the issue instead of just prescribing a cream that only works temporarily.

      So, if you haven’t already, try switching to a natural (or homemade) laundry detergent, be very mindful of what you use on his skin (coconut oil, calendula cream, and chamomile are really great, healing, and moisturizing), and try to keep his skin moisturized constantly.

      I reviewed some products from a great company called The Eczema Company (http://www.eczemacompany.com/) not too long ago. Check out their site, and try emailing Jennifer, the owner/founder, as she’s also really helpful and may have more info and tips for you since she also has little ones with eczema.

      I know the weather is cooling down, which means drier air, which means itchier skin. My son’s skin is slowly starting to flare up now, even though he’s been completely clear for the past 6 months. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for eczema – just ways to manage it and keep it under control. The good news is there are lots of resources out there, so it’s just a matter of finding the right one for your specific case.

      I hope I’ve helped a tiny bit, and I’m really praying for you and your son to find some relief. :-)

      • Jennette says

        My 9 month old daughter just broke out last month. I’ve brought her to our family doctor, purchased the creams and lotions I was advised and just as I get one section under control she breaks out in another area. I have been reading up on eczema for the past few days trying to find tips and resources and my lord Sara, you maybe a life saver.

        I will be trying this oatmeal bath first thing in the morning. I will be praying very hard this evening that it works for her.

        Thank you for sharing ❤️

  17. flora baes says

    im 27 and i suffer from eczema and allergies since im a kid, im from Brazil and my skin always had ups and downs there…now i live in Dublin, Ireland and the winter makes my skin so bad….im glad to have found this here, it really helps, my irish husband is so surprised… :-) love it!

  18. says

    Because of this page I’ve added Oatmeal Baths to my list of homemade treatments for beating eczema. The first time I tried it I didn’t grind the Oatmeal enough AND I used a fast-cooking Oatmeal.
    After my bath I walked away as the tub drained. When I returned I thought someone had vomited all over my tub… and realized it was just the Oatmeal remaining. Geez I felt sick after looking at it.

    In referencing Oatmeal Bahts I added a link on my blog to this page.
    http://wp.me/ps91S-uW

  19. katherine Finucane says

    Would this remedy work well for my 4 year old who has just developed chicken pox but also has eczema? X

    • says

      I’m not sure. I have no experience with chicken pox (except getting them when I was 7 years old, lol). I hope your LO is doing better now. :-)

  20. Monique says

    My son had a horrible, itchy heat rash all over his neck for weeks and this bath is the only thing that made it dry up. Thank you for sharing! My son thanks you too :)

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