Dry itchy skin is a real pain, especially if you are a little kid with limited patience! Being a parent of a child who is both adventurous and sensitive gives me plenty of opportunities to try out home remedies. Recently our little guy wandered into a patch of something irritating and was feeling a bit cross.
Oats are wonderful for soothing inflamed skin, so I steeped them with some calming herbs and a great big dose of moisturizing honey. The resulting liquid is a thick, viscous concentrate of oat starch, herbal tea, and honey. Speaking of honey, this recipe should not be used with kids under one year old, as honey can be dangerous for babies.
This recipe is great for adults too. It's a nice way to soothe your skin when it's feeling cranky. It will keep in the fridge for about a week, but with such a big batch it's a good idea to freeze it into ice cubes. Just drop a few cubes into the tub and watch as the oaty goodness dissolves into the water.
Herbal Oat Milk Bath
Makes about 48 ounces
- 7 cups water
- 1 cup quick cooking oats
- 1/4 cup dried lavender buds
- 1/4 cup dried calendula
- 1/4 cup dried chamomile
- 1/4 cup honey
- Combine water, oats, and herbs in a saucepan and bring to boil.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Allow mixture to steep until cool, about 1 hour.
- Strain mixture through fine mesh, cheesecloth, or nut milk bag.
- Solids may be discarded or reserved for another use. Liquid should be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or the freezer for up to 3 months.
Add 1/2 to 1 cup liquid to warm bath water. Soak in tub for 30 minutes.