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Natural Eczema Treatment – An Easy Oatmeal Bath Recipe

The best way to treat eczema naturally is to relax in a skin-soothing bath of oats! This easy oatmeal bath recipe will help soothe your skin problems.

Natural Eczema Treatment Easy Oatmeal Bath RecipeSome foods cure you when you eat them; other foods cure you when you sit in them. If you’re hesitant to make your own oatmeal bath, you might try Aveeno’s Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief Shower & Bath Oil with Natural Soothing Oatmeal for Relief of Itchy, Dry Skin. It’s dermatologist recommended, and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. This oatmeal bath oil contains natural colloidal oatmeal to relieve itchy skin while gently cleansing, and features mineral oil that lubricates and moisturizes your skin. It’s also fragrance free.

Try to avoid taking medication for eczema – even if a dermatologist recommends it. It’s better to try natural ways to treat eczema, instead of prescription medications. “Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can cure the patient with food.” ~ Hippocrates, 420 BC.

One of the most effective natural remedies for eczema is a simple oatmeal bath, which can be made in the comfort of your own home. It’s easy to make and oh-so-soothing on your skin. Moreover, it’s soothing on your wallet too!

Here are easy steps to an oatmeal bath recipe that will treat eczema naturally…

An Oatmeal Bath to Treat Eczema Naturally

If you suffer from eczema, you know the pain and itchiness that accompanies this irritating skin disorder. Doctors can load you up with prescriptions, creams, and ointments, but in many cases, these remedies can be harsh or full of chemicals. Not to worry though, there are some natural alternatives that can treat eczema naturally just as well as, if not better than, some of the more popular and expensive creams on the market.

Choose your oats

Finding the right oats for your oatmeal bath is easy. There are plenty of prepackaged oatmeal baths on the market, but for a much cheaper price, you can make the same type of bath with a cheap package of Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Regular Rolled Oats. You can choose from any variety sold at your grocery store, but make sure you read the ingredients to ensure that the oats have no added chemicals, sugars, or salts. Organic is always best, but any store brand of rolled oats will act as a natural eczema treatment.

Grind the oatmeal so it’s bath-friendly

Eczema Treatment Oatmeal Bath Recipe

Natural Eczema Treatment – An Easy Oatmeal Bath Recipe

Use a coffee grinder, food processor, or blender to grind the oats into a fine powder. Test the powder’s consistency by taking a teaspoon of the ground oatmeal and mixing it into a cup of water. If the oatmeal is ground well enough, the water should become a milky colour. If there are clumps in the water, you will need to grind the oats some more. You want your oatmeal bath to be smooth and soothing – not lumpy and clumpy!

If your skin is dry and you live in cold weather, read How to Protect Your Skin in Dry Weather and Cold Climates.

Run your bath and add oatmeal to make a soothing bath

Begin to run a warm bath, and make sure to avoid high and hot temperatures as they will irritate and aggravate your skin. As you run the water, add your oatmeal powder to the bath and stir it around until the bath changes into a milky color. Move your hand around the bottom of the tub and try to break apart any clumps that you find in your oatmeal bath. Alternatively, if you want to avoid getting your tub dirty, you can put the dried oat powder into a stocking and run the bath water through the stocking. This will release the enzymes from the oats and help treat your eczema without creating a residue on your bath tub.

Soak and relax in your oatmeal bath

Carefully get into the tub because the oatmeal mixture will make it more slippery than usual. Enjoy your warm bath for 15-20 minutes. Make sure you submerge all of your eczema-affected areas into the water, as you want to allow enough time for the oatmeal solution to soak into your skin and treat the eczema.

Rinse your skin and pat dry

Once you have soaked in the oatmeal bath for 15-20 minutes, drain the tub. Once the tub is empty, rinse your skin with lukewarm water to remove any left-over residue of the oatmeal bath. When your skin is clean, carefully get out of the bath (it may still be slippery) and use a soft towel to dry your skin. Make sure you pat (not rub) your skin dry, as this is less irritating and it allows the nutrients from the oatmeal to stay on your skin.

Treating eczema naturally can be a drag, but this soothing homemade oatmeal bath promises to soothe not only your skin, but also your mind. Besides, who doesn’t love a nice bath after a long day of work?

What natural treatments for eczema have you tried? I welcome your thoughts below!

About the author: Sheena Koo is a Vancouver-based writer, blogger, and website developer. You can find her on twitter at @sheenasaid or check out her website, where she writes quirky commentary on the confounding species known as man.

Sheena also wrote Homemade Facial Scrub – How to Make a Natural Face Cleanser, here on Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals.


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6 thoughts on “Natural Eczema Treatment – An Easy Oatmeal Bath Recipe”

  1. May I suggest this combination of ingredients that cleared my 87 year-old father’s life-long psoriasis and eczema?

    After months of research I narrowed down the ingredients most likely to have the best results and made my own cream with this combination of plant oils.

    Testing has produced some encouraging results.

    One guy who tried the cream was nearly 70% covered in eczema but now he is down to 2% and dropping.

    Another started to see results after only 4 days of use.

    I called the cream Zematon (from ecZema).

    Here are the ingredients:

    Essential oils of frankincense, lavender, chamomile, carrot seed,sandalwood, neroli and geranium diluted in a mixture of coconut oil, rosehip seed oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, aloe vera and black seed oil.

  2. I am looking forward to trying oatmeal baths with my infant son who has eczema. Pat, I am thankful for your comment, as my son also has sebborhoeic dermatitis. Wondering if you shampoo and rinse and then use the oatmeal liquid over that or what the best method would be? We have to keep baby socks over my son’s hands whenever we’re not with him or he will scratch. I am praying we can come to a solution before he can take the socks off his hands!

  3. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your question about treating eczema naturally with an oatmeal bath recipe, Troy! I don’t know how to make a homemade oatmeal bath with just the oat “juice” and not the oats themselves.

    If you grind the oatmeal so it’s extremely fine, you probably won’t end up with oats in unwanted parts – and it’ll still be an effective way to treat eczema naturally. :-)

  4. Does anyone know if you can make a concentrate by putting lots of oats in warm water for a long time. Then removing the oat solids.Then adding that to your bath to remove the need of having to wash the oats of the bath and your body. Has anyone tried this and is it still as effective as the oat baths at the moment are working wonders. However, it can be a pain getting bits of oats from unwanted areas.

  5. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your comment, Pat! It’s good to hear how effective oatmeal baths can be for some people who suffer from eczema. I agree that it’s worth a try, since oatmeal is inexpensive and doesn’t have side effects.

    It sounds like you’ve been through so much with your son. You’re a strong, wise woman — a survivor!!


  6. I’ve recently discovered oatmeal baths. My son, now aged 35, has had eczema, seborrhoeic dermatitis and very dry skin all of his life. He has many other problems being autistic and suffering from Bipolar Disorder. He has always been a scratcher, more so when anxious. As soon as he scratches, his eczema reacts. I’ve taken him to many skin specialists over the years. None has ever suggested oatmeal baths. I have to say it’s magic! We also use it on his scalp, which has never been so wonderful. There’s no sign of the dermatitis. His skin is now
    smooth to the touch, non itchy and eczema free.
    My method is much more simple than the ones described. I put 2 cupfuls of oats in a sock – either old sock or one fashioned by cutting a piece off the cheapest tights and knotting it. I just put that sock in the bath and gently squeeze it. The very soothing creamy substance is then released into the bath water. Hair can be washed by squeezing some of the substance out of the sock. After use, just throw the sock away.
    My biggest regret is that my son has suffered needlessly for 35 years.
    I would recommend this treatment to anyone with skin problems. Possibly it won’t work for all ailments, but for the price of generic oatmeal, it’s well worth trying.