Spring is here!
Warm weather is around the corner, sunshine is beckoning from your windows and your skin is crying, “let me out!!”
If you’re like me, your skin goes through stages.
There’s the usual… We’re histamines, we react to anything so be gentle. Find anything comfortable to wear that doesn’t expose or irritate our healing skin.
Then there’s the… Oh my gracious! We love the ocean, we love the salt, the sand and the sunshine; the more you give us the happier we are. Thank you for letting us out!
And then there’s what I like to call the “crouton stage” in which your skin feels as though its…well, a crouton. Your skin is sore, inflamed and tight.
For years now we’ve noticed these stages and have come to almost accept them. I say almost because we’re always searching for answers to our epidermal woes. Which is why we continually seek natural healing methods, recipes and soaks and avoid harmful fillers and toxins in our foods.
This Soothing Spring Oatmeal Bath is a twist on a Colloidal Oatmeal Bath Soak DIY that I made a minor adjustment to, just to kick it up a smidgen.
Here’s an Outline of the Beneficial Ingredients:
- Oatmeal – Removes excess bacteria from skin, exfoliates, contains gelatinous polysaccharides which form a protective barrier for your skin, and its beta-glucans penetrate deep into the skin moisturizing more than just the outer layer. Oatmeal also enhances healing and collagen deposition, evens skin tone, and relieves itching, while its saponins gently remove toxins from your body. Lastly, oatmeal contains lubricating fats that protect your skin against harmful UV rays. (Article Here)
- Chamomile – Is a natural anti-inflammatory flower that relaxes muscles and histamines. It’s anti-bacterial and anti-allergenic powers speed healing of wounds, burns and rashes. When used as a bath soak it can reduce the pain of menstrual cramps and painful dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. (Article Here) When taken orally, its anti-inflammatory properties have also been shown to improve digestion and ease pain for those suffering from gastrointestinal issues such as ulcerative colitis.
- Lavender Oil – Similar to oatmeal, lavender too is an antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic that boots the immune system. Thanks in part to its soothing nature, it reduces the stress that can trigger flare-ups and irritated skin. It soothes minor burns, calms the mind and body and is great to use just before bed. (Article Here)
- 2c Oatmeal (Gluten free if you’re sensitive)
- 1/4c Loose Leaf Chamomile Tea
- 20+ drops of Lavender Oil
- Place all ingredients in blender or coffee grinder.
- Grind until milled. It should look and feel like a soft and fluffy cornmeal.
- Add 1/4c to bath water or mix in your hand with your favorite soap in the shower to scrub all over your body.
- Store in a reusable or recycled plastic container.
The blend of medicinal herbs, natural ingredients and essential oils releases a healing effect throughout your entire body. You’ll leave the water feeling soothed and moisturized.
Of course you still want to apply your usual moisturizer afterwards.
Try this Soothing Spring Oatmeal Bath and share it with those you love – quench thirsty skin – have a beautiful and comfortable spring.