Oats have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. Applied topically, oats moisturize the skin and decrease itching. The gooeyness you feel when you squeeze the sock is caused by the complex carbohydrates in the oats.
Note: You can make a large batch of colloidal oats and store in a tightly sealed jar or tin in a cool, dry place.
What You Need
- 2 to 3 cups (160 to 240g) regular or colloidal oats
Preparation And Use
1If using regular oats, pour them into a food processor, coffee grinder, or blender and blend to a powder. This turns them into colloidal oats.
2Pour the oats into warm, running bathwater.
3Disperse oats with your hand. (Alternatively; pour the oats into a sock, bag, or bandana to contain the particles and help with cleanup and place the sock in the bathwater.)
4Climb in and soak for at least 15 minutes. (Avoid using soap, which only dries and further irritates the skin.)
5After leaving the bath, pat your skin dry with a clean towel.