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Magic Oats

Magic Oats

It’s that time of year when the weather isn’t quite sure what it wants to do and when it looks sunny and you step outside for some much needed fresh air, it’s blowing a gale!
The blustery weather matched with the impending central heating that will soon be coming on, it feels the right time to discuss some fail safe natural remedies to ensure we are glowing and moist this autumn/winter and not dehydrated and dry!

After my baby recently had a rash during teething I resorted back to what my Mum used to use on my skin at bath time. The results were amazing, the relief was instant for my baby’s skin! Not only was the solution fun to make it was 100% natural and SO economical it left me questioning why this wasn’t my staple bath soak too?!

Yes i’m talking about OAT BAGS!

I headed to Cornflower and asked for a bag of oats and a box of chamomile tea bags please, I then came home, ran a tepid bath and at the same time took a sock, filled it with two handfuls of oats, 1 chamomile teabag and then tied it onto the tap and let the milky fun begin!

Why oats?

  • Oats (Avena Sativa) are an edible cereal that originated in Scotland
  • When an oat bag is placed into water a property in the oats - polysaccharides are released and create a milky, beautifully softening and moisture rich milk
  • It’s the milky by product the oats create that aid in the healing and repair of our skin, reducing inflammation and restoring our skins natural PH level
  • Naturally occurring beta glucan penetrates deeply into your skin providing intense moisturisation
  • Oats enhance your skins ability to heal wounds wound healing
  • Oats improve your skins collagen deposition
  • They soothe naturally - there are no chemicals and the emollient properties of the oats protect the skin they don’t strip it like conventional bath soaks/bubbles
  • They can be used to moisturise skin of all ages - after the bag has soaked in the water a while it’s fun to squeeze out the milk
  • The bag can be rubbed over your entire body and left (even on your face) like a hydrating mask before gently rinsing off and patting dry
  • You can even add local honey for it’s antibacterial properties, lavender, chamomile, whichever combination appeals to you and your skin!

Pretty impressive hey!! Who would have thought a mere oat could be so magnificent

Method

  • Take a square of muslin/cotton cloth - or if you are desperate like I was, a clean/new sock will work perfectly
  • Add 2-3 handfuls of oats and 1 chamomile teabag
  • Tie to the tap then add the whole bag into the bath and have fun squeezing out the milk
    …and RELAX and let the oats work their magic!

Now a bathroom AND kitchen cupboard staple for my family - this remedy can be used all year round - on eczema, sunburn, as a face mask, dry skin rashes or just an indulgent, candlelit, milky bath!

Natural, simple and indulgent…Enjoy!