How to make an oatmeal bath to soothe itchiness

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How to make an oatmeal bath to soothe itchiness
Oatmeal can soothe itchy, flaky skin. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Itchy skin caused by poison ivy, chickenpox or a bad skin condition can be incredibly frustrating. Most people would be willing to throw their mother under a bus to get rid of the itching. But nothing so extreme is necessary. A colloidal oatmeal bath can soothe itchy skin. Colloidal oatmeal is ground into a fine powder and added to the bath. The oatmeal soothes the skin and dries up any open itchy wounds.

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Things you need

  • Oatmeal
  • Coffee grinder or blender

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  1. 1

    Place two to three cups of oatmeal into your coffee grinder or blender.

  2. 2

    Grind the oats using the finest setting possible on the grinder or oatmeal until the oats are ground into a fine powder.

  3. 3

    Place the drain stopper in the bath and begin running warm water. Do not use hot water; it will irritate the skin.

  4. 4

    Pour one to two cups of oatmeal into the running water slowly. Add the oats to the stream coming from the faucet to evenly disperse the powder.

  5. 5

    Soak in the bath for 10 to 15 minutes. Pat yourself dry.

Tips and warnings

  • The bottom of the bathtub will be slick due to the oats. Be careful getting out.

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