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!
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.
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup baking soda (where to buy)
- 1/2 cup finely ground oats (using a coffee grinder or blender)
- 3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon baking soda (where to buy)
- 2 tablespoons finely ground oats
- Add ingredients to bath water and mix well to distribute throughout.
- Soak for 15-20 minutes.
- 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.
- Use caution when standing and exiting the tub after the bath, as the ingredients' moisturizing effects will cause the tub to become slippery.
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?