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Oat Baths - Moisturise and Soothe Skin Irritation 

I regularly make homemade oat milk for my family. As I extract oat milk by squeezing soaked oats held in muslin cloth, my hands become covered with the thick, rich oat milk. A wonderful natural moisturiser for my hands! This made me think about the therapeutic use of oats on the skin.

Oats have a long history of use in traditional healing to soothe irritated and inflamed skin. Oats absorb a lot of water when wet and have a thick, sticky consistency. They have been used in traditional healing to soothe irritated and inflamed skin.

If you have dry or irritated skin then try this natural soothing bath.

For an oat bath you will need oats which have been ground up to form a fine powder. Do this at home with a coffee grinder or food processor. 

Grind enough oats finely to fill around 1 cup.  Alternatively pour roughly a litre of homemade oat milk into a warm bath. Make sure the bath water is not hot as this can irritate and dehydrate the skin further.  Take care the oats will make the bath floor extra slippery. Do not use soap, soak for up to 20 minutes then gently pat dry. If you need to moisturise use natural non-mineral oils such as coconut. 

This treatment may be repeated 2-3 times in the day and is suitable for children.

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