Natural and Thrifty in 365: #186 Bathe in Oats to Soothe Eczema

Soaking with soothing oats in your bath can help reduce the irritation from eczema or other skin problems.  Here is a great collection of other natural remedies to help control the discomfort of eczema.

How do you find relief?

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  1. Some one told me last year to put the oats in a sock and squeeze the sock while in the tub. Works great, but I do dislike cleaning up the oat scum afterwards!

  2. i did an oat bath for my daughter when she was around 2yrs and i didnt see any help from it and i had a mess in the bath to clean up. we use aveeno products, seems to be the only thing that helps. and Elidel which is a prescription.

  3. I wish I could. My daughter is allergic to oatmeal. We have tried everything for her eczema under the sun but nothing works. Anyone have any other ideas?

  4. I sufffered from eczema for years. For a crazy experiment, I decided to stop eating yogurt and limit my daily glass of milk to every other day. My eczema went away and only comes back if I have yogurt.

  5. I have terrible, terrible, terrible eczema all over my legs and arms. My forearms and lower legs are almost 100% covered. Oat baths do help. I grind up the oats in my coffee grinder and then put them in pantyhose in the bath water. This helps cut down on some of the mess but it does still leave a mess. But it is worth it! You can also buy the Aveeno brand Oat bath packets. Or the store brand ones. They leave a little less of a mess since they are ground up even finer than a coffee grinder can do. And you can use just half of a packet and still get relief.

    Also, I know this is a blog about being thrifty – but let’s face it when you have eczema riddled skin sometimes you have to spend some money for relief. Neosporin just came out with an eczema line. I absolutely detest spending $11 for a bottle of lotion but I’ve used it for 2 days and already see improvement! You can get a coupon for $3 off at!

  6. Try rubbing your skin with coconut oil. My 2 year old son has bad problems with eczema and I have been experimenting with making my own lotion for him. One of the key ingredients is coconut oil and when we use it daily or every other day, there is a very noticable difference in his skin texture.

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