Thursday, April 8, 2010

Eczema Soak

If you suffer from eczema or if you have a little one that does, it is important to take care of the skin to help heal it. One of the best ways to help soothe the eczema and heal the skin is soaking it in a luke warm bath with a few additives. It is very important to use warm water and not hot. Hot water will dry skin out even more, which can aggravate eczema, not heal it.

You need:
  • 1-2 cups oatmeal, finely ground in a food processor or blender.
  • 1-2 buttermilk or buttermilk powder (omit if there is an allergy to milk). Do not use nonfat milk, the fat helps to moisturize skin.
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
Mix ingredient together and pour in bath under running water. The amounts of the oatmeal and buttermilk are up to you, I like a little more in my bath. Do not add more essential oil. Soak in the tub for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well and pat dry. Add a GENTLE moisturizer, look for one without any fragrance, mineral oil, or alcohol. I usually go to a organic food market and pick up a calendula cream.

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