An easy to put together DIY soothing eczema bath tea with ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry. Toss this little tea bag into a warm bath and enjoy the benefits of simple, calming ingredients as you relax your way to softer and less itchy skin.
I know this bath tea is a super simple thing to make but until recently, I had no idea how easy it was or how much of a difference it would really make for my daughter’s skin!
When you’ve tried all the creams, lotions and potions…
You just kind of roll your eyes at someone else touting yet another eczema remedy. Eczema seems to be so individual for each person. Both for triggers and soothing solutions.
I’m not saying that this is a magical bath tea that will make your irritated skin go away forever, but I will say that its really great at softening the skin. And for my youngest daughter, dry skin really sets her eczema off. I have found that using this bath tea takes the edge off, tremendously.
We recently had a camping trip in the cool dry desert and by the time we came back, Cora’s legs were feeling about as prickly as some of the cactus we had seen there. Her poor little calves were so parched, skin starting to crack, she could not stop herself from raking her fingernails over and over her legs on the long 3 hour drive back.
Our homeopath had recommended an oatmeal bath a couple months ago and to my surprise, it worked wonders! Yes, she was still itchy following the bath but the degree of endlessly scratching had come down a few notches. Her skin seemed to be smoother and have a more hydrated appearance.
So, I knew an oatmeal bath was just what she needed once we got home.
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What’s in this DIY soothing eczema bath tea?
The first ingredient is oatmeal! Use an organic rolled oat for best results. Oats are a very heavily sprayed crop, and using pesticide riddled oatmeal on skin that is already sensitive could further aggravate any issues going on.
Many bath tea recipes that use oats recommend blending them before hand. If you have the time, grind or blend up the oats nice and fine. I usually don’t have the time to grind the oats before hand and still get silky skin!
Oatmeal has been proven to moisturize the skin while helping to maintain the body’s natural protective barrier. Studies have shown that it binds to the skin and creates a barrier against irritants while actually adding nutrients.
Other key benefits are:
- Relieving itchiness and scaling
- Repairs damaged skin
- Helps soothe bug bites, burns and other irritations
- Helps normalize the ph balance of the skin
The next ingredient is dried chamomile. This chamomile is organic and non-irradiated. Again, its very important to use the pure form of ingredients when applying them to your skin (or ingesting them).
Chamomile has long been an herb used for relaxation and tummy troubles but did you know it also has anti-inflammatory properties?
Here are some other great reasons to use chamomile in a soothing DIY eczema bath tea:
- It has antimocribial and antiseptic properties
- Used for wound healing
- Soothes skin irritation
- Also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties
- Promotes tissue regeneration
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So, its easy to see why I chose these two simple ingredients for this soothing DIY eczema bath tea. They both work seamlessly to promote healing, sooth skin irritation and itchiness.
Can’t I just throw the oats and chamomile in straight into the tub?
You could, but it would be quite a mess to clean up.
Using a piece of muslin cloth or even cotton piece of fabric from an old shirt will work fine to encase your little soothing bath tea concoction.
How to use your own fabric (no sew) for this DIY soothing eczema bath tea:
I like to cut a large square shape about 6″ x 6″ but leave a little tail (about 5″ long) at 2 corners diagonal from each other.
Using this little piece of fabric, I add in my oatmeal and chamomile to the middle and then gather all the corners up into my hand. With the two tail pieces sticking out, I tie one around the bunch of corners and then do the same with the other tail and then tie a knot.
Check out this video where I show you how to cut and tie the reusable fabric tea bag
Now you have a reusable fabric tea bag perfect for bath time!
After use, you can throw away the entire tea bag and its contents or untie the knot, throw out its wet contents and then toss the fabric into the washer with the rest of your towels. I’ve been using the same little fabric square for the last few months with no problems. I just store it in the bathroom cabinet when its dry and not in use.
Give the bath tea bag some good squeezing while soaking in the bath. I let the kids play with it while they bathe. Just keep an eye on it, if you haven’t tied your knot tight enough, some of the contents may fall out.
I like to use the tea bag as a loofa! I just take it and gently scrub any areas that I would like to target to be sure that they get all of the soothing silky benefits of this eczema bath tea!
You could mix up a large bath of this so its easier to just pour into your tea bag.
Don’t forget to add other beneficial contents to your eczema bath! In addition to using this DIY soothing eczema bath tea mix, I like to add 1/4-1/2 cup of fragrance free Epsom salts and a tablespoon or so of baking soda to each bath.
Here’s a straight forward recipe for this DIY Soothing Eczema Bath Tea:
- 1/3 cup of organic rolled oats
- 1/4 cup of organic dried chamomile
- 1 reusable fabric bath tea bag (see video or text above on how to cut and tie yours)
- Prepare fabric tea bag as stated above
- Add oats to center of tea bag
- Add chamomile to tea bag
- Bunch ends of tea bag together in one hand
- Using the loose tail ends, wrap around the ends in your hand and then tie in a knot
- Toss tea bag into a warm bath and soak for atleast 15 minutes for benefits
- After bath, you can throw away the entire tea bag or simply untie the knot, empty contents into the trash and wash fabric tea bag for more future uses.
I also like to squeeze the tea bag while in the bath and have used it like a loofa, rubbing it on the skin for some targeted soothing action.
If you’re looking to soothe irritated skin I hope you give this a try! It has made a huge difference in the comfort of my children and I couldn’t wait to share it with you guys.