It’s driving you crazy.
The itching, the scratching, the sores, the bleeding.
You’ve tried everything you under the sun to get just one. whole. minute. of relief, but this brutal, relentless condition doesn’t back down.
If you or a loved one are suffering from the debilitating effects of eczema, or atopic dermatitis, you know all too well the pain and agony that ensues during a flare-up.
The truth is, 9 times out of 10, eczema is just an external manifestation of a deeper, internal issue – usually a problem in the gut.
In the case of my son, he was tested for food allergies and found to be allergic to several common foods, like wheat, dairy, bananas, and a few other favorite foods. It’s been tough and discouraging at times, but now that we have a plan of action, we’re working towards healing. You can read about how we’re managing his eczema at this post.
Oatmeal Bath for Eczema and Itchy Skin
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?