An Oatmeal Bath for Dry Skin

Updated on August 10, 2018
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Julia is a witch and has been practicing and researching natural healing and herbal remedies for more than five years.

One of the best things about being a witch is that you get to learn a ton of things about healing yourself and others through natural means. I've been having problems with dry skin for as long as I can remember, which is an issue that touches many of us, and grows more severe in the winter months. In my case, it's not just dry skin - it's eczema too.

Eczema can really impact on your quality of life. Having this condition, your skin irritates easily, it gets red and/or flaky, and starts to itch upon coming in contact with the mildest of irritants. Creams and medicines can be of great help here, but the most important thing about managing dry skin is having a good skincare routine, and knowing how to lock the moisture in.


Oats are grains from a plant called Avena Sativa, and aside from being used as skin product, it's also used as animal feed and breakfast food. It's filled with proteins, fibre, and many other nutrients.

Oats has been used to treat skin dryness for centuries, and it's famous for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which makes it perfect for sensitive skin. It will moisturise and cleanse your body, leaving the surface of your skin soft and smooth. And the best thing about it? It's all natural.

So how do we take an oats bath to treat our skin?

Step 1

Get 2 handfuls of plain oats (or a 1 full cup if you wish), and add it to your bath as warm water pools in. That's the gist of it, and if you don't like fussing over your baths, you can go ahead and jump right in. Make sure to soak in for a minimum of 15 minutes to allow the oats to do its job, and you're good to go.

Step 2 (Bonus)

If you do however want to add a special treatment for your skin, I recommend using a lavender essential oil. Just like oats, it's known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and the soothing fresh scent will help you relax after a long day. Add several drops to the warm water (I usually don't do more than 5) and stir the bath with your hand before soaking in. If you have dry lavender on hand, sprinkling some into the water will also enhance the experience!

And that's it!

This is a great way to relax and treat your dry skin during the freezing winter months, and for those suffering from eczema like me, it will bring about a sense of relief. Plus, if you're feeling rebellious and want a treatment fit for a queen/king, who said you can't drop a bunch of flower petals into the water?

I recommend taking this bath once a week to ensure that your skin regularly receives the soothing treatment.

Quick disclaimer: Make sure you aren't allergic to any of these substances. I also highly recommend taking the bath without washing your hair. The oats will get stuck in it, and it will be a pain to brush out!

Happy bathing!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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      Kenneth Avery 

      11 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Julia: very exciting at finding knowledge in plain sight. Nice work.


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