OATS OATS OATS… Why I love Oats, and why you should to!


Oats are great! Especially for those tired mornings when you need to fill a hole and get a gradual energy boost that will keep you going for the day. With our bodies being exhausted from fighting this steroid addiction so hard, an energy boost is definitely what we could do with if you’re one of the lucky ones who are still able to work. If you’re not one of these people who are able to work due to being Homewood bound (love that film by the way, brings a tear to my eye every time) then you should love oats just as much as we do because you don’t just have to eat them to feel the benefits!

Oats really are underdog of cereals! When you’re weighing up your breakfast options in the cereal aisle ‘Crunchy Nut Cornflakes’ will win over ‘Quaker Oats’ every time! Am I right?
So why should you reach for the Quaker Oats instead of all other tasty cereals chilling on the shelves? Well, Oats are much more versatile! You certainly wouldn’t benefit from bathing in Cornflakes or Cocopops but oats are perfect for that purpose. Killing 2 birds with one stone, not only is it a tasty treat but also it’s a great for bathing in. If only they knew this back in the Victorian workhouse days, poor Oliver Twist wouldn’t have had to ask for more if only the governors were aware they could have saved money on soap if only they used the ‘gruel’ to bathe their dirty orphan children in! Times have changed.

Having an oat bath when feeling itchy and irritant will certainly soothe those angry patches or in most of our cases, our whole bodies. Itchy skin has a high PH level and the oatmeal helps bring it back down which in turn relieves your itch. The oats also work as a natural moisturiser for the skin which is great for people also doing ‘moisture withdrawal’. With it being a natural moisturiser this means that where water itself dehydrates your skin, the oats lock in moisture helping your skin long term. The chemical components found in the oatmeal work as a cleanser which absorb oil, dirt and odour. These chemicals known as avenanthramides and phenois work as an anti-inflammatory so it’s also perfect for those swollen limbs and puffy faces. So what should you scrub yourself with then? OATS OF COURSE! 😀

Now, oat baths are really easy to do but can go horribly wrong if you don’t know how to do them, as I found out. The first time I made myself an oat bath it was disastrous! After being told to bath in it, I naturally took it literally and poured oats into the bath water. I must say, it was a little weird when I got in it to have oats floating about left, right and centre but it tasted lovely if I accidently got any in my mouth so I thought, yes! This is the best thing ever! That is until I had to empty the bath tub. It was that moment I realised that I’d probably got it all wrong. Having to sieve out such a mass amount of oats was a tragic moment and certainly an epic fail. It was at that point I thought it was probably best to look up how you do it which I now don’t quite understand why I didn’t do this in the first place.

So now I know how to do it I thought I’d provide you with a tutorial so you don’t have the same issue as I did. 
1. Get an old pair of tights that you have jamming in your draws or in my case, a pair that was suffering from extreme vile pattern syndrome. I have no use for leopard tights and never have so I honestly have no idea why I thought purchasing them was a good idea. I question my ideas sometimes.
2. Moving on, get your good old Quaker Oats, take a few handfuls and put them into one of the legs.
3. Tie the legs around the head of the tap so that when the water runs it runs through the oats
4. When running the water, run it at a lukewarm temperature because you don’t want to cook the oats. A hot bath will also irritate the skin a little but it really does depend on the individual as to how hot you can handle.
5. The water will be a lovely cloudy colour that resembles the colour of sick but we have to do what we have to do don’t we.
6. Carefully take the tights off the tap being careful not to let any oats fall out into the tub and tie a knot in the top of the tights. Leave it bobbing around in the bath and use as a sponge to really scrub those wounds.
7. Bathe for around 10-15 minutes
8. Get out feeling refreshed and relieved.
9. Throw away the tights and the used oats.
10. Bob’s your Uncle, Fannie’s your Aunt. You’ve successfully achieved an oat bath!
I’m sure there are other ways of doing it but that was just my version so by all means let me know if you have any other suggestions or if you’ve had a different experience. Leave your comments below so we can all share advice 
All in all, I’d say…
Amy-Lou ❤


10 thoughts on “OATS OATS OATS… Why I love Oats, and why you should to!”

  1. Hi, I just read an article about you and your oat bath and just found this page. Thank you so much for taking the time to dedicate a blog to this. My eczema has gotten crazy out of control and my back is literally bleeding every night now 😦 How often did you soak in the bath and how long before you started seeing you eczema start to disappear? I’m so stressed with this eczema now, it really means a find this blog so please do keep up the good work.

    1. Hi Ricky. I think it is important for me to confirm that I never once said that oats has cured my eczema. They have certainly helped and I love them dearly but the main reason my eczema is slowly getting better is because I’ve stopped steroids. How often you soak in them is completely up to you. I soak in them once a week but wash my face with porridge soap https://didsomeonesaycheese.wordpress.com/products-i-rate-or-products-i-hate/ every day and every night. If your body can handle water then go for it and bathe in them more often. My body just seems to hate baths but can certainly handle oat baths better than anything else. After I get out of the bath and after I wash my face I use Aveeno cream which is an oat based moisturiser which I love! Give it a go and let me know how you get on. 🙂 It’s all trial and error unfortunately but I promise there will be something out there that will help you, it’s just a case of finding it!! 🙂 Lots of love and support. Amy-Lou xx

  2. So good to see someone who gets it!! Mine started in one finger & has gradually spread to my hands, face, eyes, legs,arms, hips & back!! I have seen a detmatologist lots of times. Steroid cream after steroid cream!! And for the past 7 months nothing has worked, constant eczema. Getting fed up & finding work & poor weather really difficult 😦 xx

    1. Hi. Lovely to hear from you. With everything you’re saying you seriously should check this out Of course I’m going! 🙂 Free lunch in London… Erm… Ok. 
      There’s only one thing I’m a snob about, it’s tea bags! 

      This discovery has literally changed my life and I haven’t looked back since. Let me know your thoughts. Amy-Lou xx

  3. I’ve tried the porridge bath last night: THANK YOU LOADS. This was the first time in 5 years when I came out of a bath(or shower) and didn’t feel the need to scratch my skin off. It was also the first time my skin looked normal, not red and inflamed. So, for me this was a great success. Once again thanks for this massive tip. I’m getting myself some of that Lush soap you were talking about to wash my hands and face. 🙂

  4. Hi, I have severe psoriasis and take cyclosporine however I have stopped taking all medication as I hated the side effects and am taking very high doses of D3 and K2, after 2 weeks my psoriasis is learning up, have you heard anything about high doses of these?

  5. I saw your article on daily mail and came straight here. I have similar problems with my eczema, bleeding and weeping in my sheets, flakes of skin EVERYWHERE, wounds and skin so tight and damaged it hurts to simply move. I’ve tried so many creams, moisturisers and steroids and it just keeps spreading across my whole body. You are honestly a godsend. It’s amazing that you are public and open about skin issues like this (something I find so disheartening to have and tend to ignore and hide it away) You reaching out and helping us is amazing, honestly really appreciate it thank you ❤

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