Colloidal oatmeal is known to treat various skin aliments like Psoriasis and Eczema, and also sunburns and bug bites. It is a fine oatmeal powder and is formed by extracting colloidal from the oatmeal. Several over-the-counter colloidal oatmeal products are now being manufactured due to their qualities of healing when used in baths. However, this oatmeal is different from breakfast oats, and hence should not be consumed.
Dry skin, itchy skin, eczema, skin rash, and mosquito bites are all skin disorders. Some of these are serious, while some others are not. These problems can be very irritating. A colloidal oatmeal bath is quite effective in providing relief from these skin conditions. It contains saponins, which are a very good cleansing agent. The starch in the oatmeal is responsible for retaining the natural moisture of the body. It has several anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties making it a good cure for poison ivy--using it in a bath is thus an effective remedy for diaper rash. When roughly ground, it also makes for an excellent natural scrub which helps one get rid of all the dead cells on the body.
Making the Bath
For a colloidal oatmeal bath, you will need to purchase the bath powder, which is easily available at your local drug store. Fill up your bathtub with warm (neither hot nor cold) water and dissolve a packet of this powder into it. As the oatmeal is in powder form, it will neither sink to the bottom nor float on the surface, but will mix well with the water to form a milky color. Soak yourself in this bath for at least 15 minutes. Step out carefully as this powder makes the bathtub slick. Rinse yourself off with warm water and pat your skin dry with a good, absorbing, and soft towel. Do not scrub your skin, as it will cause the itching to increase. After the bath, you ought to feel fresh and less itchy, which will help you to sleep well. However, if you are taking this bath for sunburns, you will need to soak in the water for a longer time.
Alternatively, if you do not have a bathtub, mix the oatmeal powder with some warm water and make a paste. Apply this paste all over the body, concentrating more on the areas that are itching. Allow the powder to do its work, and wash it off after 10 to 15 minutes with warm or cold water. Again, pat yourself dry with a soft towel and do not rub your skin hard. If your skin condition is severe, you can take three oatmeal baths a day. However, if it is not, then even one bath in the night should be sufficient to show results. This bath is also an excellent relaxation technique.
If you do not want to buy the ready-made powder, or if you do not have the time to buy it, you can also make it at home. Take a cup of oatmeal, grind it into a very fine powder in the grinder, and use it in your bath.
This bath not only relieves skin conditions, but also makes your skin elastic and glowing. Hence, you can also use this to make your skin look and feel beautiful, and not just for remedial purposes.