Oatmeal is one of my favourite things ever. I wouldn’t be lying if I said I’ve eaten it everyday for probably the past 10 years, at least.
I eat it for breakfast, cooked with almond milk, with a dollop of peanut butter swirled through and topped with banana. Every day. You’d think I’d get bored but somehow I haven’t.
Oats are so good for you. They’re one of natures amazing gifts; good to eat and good for you topically. They’re particularly good for soothing itchy and dry skin, so when Soren had the chicken pox recently, I had the idea (while standing eating porridge, most likely) to make a DIY bath soaker.
We used it every night he had the ‘pox, and while I know we were probably lucky that he didn’t have it too bad, he never itched or scratched, and I think the baths must have helped. I added some essential oils – it’s not necessary but they smell lovely, and the ones I chose – lavender and frankincense – are known to be soothing and have antiseptic properties.
I tried it for myself too, in a bid to take my own advice and look after me. I never think of myself as a bath kinda gal, until I have one and I remember how relaxing they are. This one was lovely: the oatmeal makes the water all cloudy, it smelled amazing and left my skin really soft.
This is so easy to do I’m almost embarrassed to make a “How To” for it – basically, you could throw oatmeal in your bath and it would have the same effect! But you’d also end up with a bath that resembled porridge, and was a pain to clean.
I originally used a muslin sock that came with a beer making kit, which worked a treat, but you can also use muslin squares (I just cut up one of our old baby muslins.)
DIY Oatmeal Bath Soaker
All you need is:
- oatmeal (bog standard, cheapo breakfast oatmeal)
- muslin square
- rubber band
- essential oil of choice (optional)
- flower petals (also optional)
- Cut the muslin to size (about 25cm x 25cm, but there’s no need to be exact about it)
- Place some oats in the centre of your muslin square. Add a few drops of essential oil to the oats now, if using. (The oil clings to the oats and disperses into the water, rather than lying on top.)
3. Bring up the corners of the square and secure with the elastic band.
And there you go! You’re ready to throw it in a running bath, along with some flower petals, if you feel like getting your hippy ON. Which I did, obviously.