My oats milkshake bath for eczema healing

My battle against eczema started 20 years ago, back in Spain, when my eldest daughter was 6 months old and the time and her sweet little cheeks became red, dry and rough. I went to a pediatrician and she diagnosed the common Atopic dermatitis (eczema) and prescribed a cream that I got in the pharmacy. Even though I have always been a good friend of natural products, this took me by surprise and honestly I never knew anything about eczema. I tried the cream and many many other skincare products over the years, and they didn’t do much really. My daughter’s eczema actually got worse, spread to her arms and legs and around her little beautiful blue eyes. As eczema is linked to asthma, she started to have asthma crisis as well. Poor little girl! It was heartbreaking to see her in that state!

Behind the Knees by Care_SMC, on Flickr
Then I started to study and research about these horrible conditions. My daughter’s paediatrician, who had been fantastic over the last 14 years, always tried to find the best product for Alba’s condition and she could see my real interest in finding something better and natural. Once she prescribed something new and I went to the pharmacy and got it. They were sachets that mainly contained oatmeal powder and other stuff that I can’t remember right now but I do remember it was very expensive. I got it once and it seemed to work. I had to put the whole sachet into my daughter’s bath and I noticed a big improvement on her skin. Alba was about 7 years old I remember at that time.
Oats by Joanna Bourne, on Flickr
I did a lot of research about oats and its benefits for the skin. It is full of B vitamins and healthy fats and it is highly emollient and delicate at the same time. Emollient means that it is capable to hold the moist on the skin by creating a natural barrier.

After this discovery I decided to make my own Homemade Oats bath milkshake product. I put oats and water in a blender and made a paste that goes into the bath and I left my daughter soaked for 15 min max. I stopped using any soap and shower gel at that stage because it just made the condition worse. At that moment I didn’t have the education that I have now, so I ignored that you can get sulphate-free shower gel and shampoos.

So what’s the best for those of you suffering from that horrible skin condition? You should try to use luke-warm (never hot) water, as a cooling bath can help soothe itchy skin. The bath water should feel silky on your skin and you should aim to soak for about 15 minutes. Prolonged soaking in water can dry out the skin and aggravate itch and eczema. After getting out of the bath, quickly pat the skin dry with a soft towel. Cover your body with extra gentle natural oil i.e. aloe vera gel  or   Organic Virgin Sweet Almond Oil which is highly emollient and moisturizer for sensitive and dry skin. Wait for a few minutes till the product soaks in.

See my homemade video to show you how to prepare my oats milkshake bath for ezcema healing and other skincare options made with oats . The famous Irish porridge is fantastic for your skin health.

 

This is when my daughter stopped using creams from pharmacies, including ones with steroids which can be harmful for your health and they only “fix” the problem temporarily. By the way, Alba’s eczema only flares up once a year and just behind one knee, she uses a body butter that I formulate especially to treat ezcema and it’s gone after only few days. Also, I passed this recipe to Dr. Francisca Villarin the paediatrician in  Spain and she has been giving this homemade remedy to her eczema children patients since then.

I won the battle 🙂

La Mayca x