I always thought that the term “colloidal oatmeal” on the packaged oatmeal bath products that I used to buy was some medically based oatmeal product and really didn’t have a whole lot to do with the oatmeal that you eat. I thought this “colloidal” homemade oatmeal bath had some special properties making it useful for the skin. The products generally didn’t have anything else in them so I regarded them as safe and continued to purchase them.
And really, they are safe if they say 100% colloidal oatmeal.
But what I was wrong about was that this “colloidal oatmeal” was anything special.
It’s oatmeal ground up so that it doesn’t sink in water but instead is so fine that it disperses in the water and doesn’t filter through it creating the milky bath your skin needs to heal.
Colloidal basically means particles ground so fine they disperse into the water instead of sink.
Which means making your own oatmeal bath is easy and can save you a LOT of money.
Homemade Oatmeal Bath
What you need:
- Whole (non-instant) oats.
- A coffee grinder, grain mill, food processor, mortar & pestle or blender.
- A jar or container to store it.
- Essential oils (Lemon, Lavender, Rose, Cedarwood, Vetiver or Ylang Ylang are great options). You can use any brand but a quality brand will have more therapeutic affects.
- Grind a couple of cups of the oats to a fine powder.
- You can test a small amount to see if it is fine enough by placing in a glass of water. If it sinks, it’s not fine enough, if it disperses into the water, it’s good.
- Store in jar until ready to use.
- Use 1/2 cup of the ground oatmeal for a full bath and 5-10 drops of essential oils.
I used a coffee grinder on the finest setting and it worked perfectly!
You can make this soothing bath without the essential oils but they will work together with the oatmeal bath to not only soothe your skin but relax you and make your homemade oatmeal bath the ultimate experience for your mind and body.