This lavender DIY oatmeal milk bath recipe will help soothe dry skin and relax your mind and body as you soak your cares away. Oatmeal Milk Bath has moisturizing properties and the dried lavender is a perfect addition for a relaxing bedtime soak.
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Soothe Stress With Homemade Milk Baths!
The last few weeks have been fairly stressful and I was thankful to have this easy lavender DIY oatmeal milk bath recipe on hand. I finally got the taxes finished (YAY!) and the check has been sent off to the IRS (BOO for no refund this year!)
I spent the weekend teaching a 17-year-old how to drive and volunteering at my daughter’s Girl Scout cookie booth sale. Between paying the bills and dealing with housework, there wasn’t a lot of ‘me time’ and I am determined to change that this week.
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My need of stress reduction led me to today’s project. This lavender DIY oatmeal milk bath recipe serves multiple purposes and is incredibly easy to make. The milk and oatmeal will help moisturize your dry skin. The lavender will help relax you and soothe those stresses until you feel like you are floating in heaven instead of your bath tub.
How do you make oatmeal bath?
In order to finely ground the oatmeal in this recipe, you really do need a fairly decent food processor. Yes, you can get a small, inexpensive one, however, this is honestly a product I use in my kitchen just about every week. I have a Cuisinart food processor and it is worth every single penny I spent on it.
Oatmeal milk baths don’t have to be complicated. If you just want to add oats to the water, they will still help sooth irritated skin. The addition of milk and lavender in this DIY lavender milk bath recipe just makes the oats that much more effective. You can check out Healthline for more information about the benefits of oatmeal baths.
Simple oatmeal bath recipe
Here is what you need to do for a basic oatmeal bath:
- Grind the oatmeal into a fine powder. Place one cup of raw oats into a blender, food processor or coffee grinder. Grind until it is smooth.
- Pour the oatmeal into the bath. Fill the tub with warm water, don’t make it too hot.
- Stir gently. Just swirl it with your hand until it is evenly distributed.
- Soak for 15-30 minutes. You may need to rinse off afterwards if the oatmeal sticks all over. Don’t forget to rinse out the tub!
Can you use steel cut oats for oatmeal bath? Yes, actually, you can. Make oatmeal milk baths with any type of oats you have on hand, raw, quick cooking, steel cut, etc. Just don’t use flavored oatmeal packets. You don’t want to smell like apples and cinnamon!
Can you use regular milk for a milk bath?
Milk baths are a luxury for your skin so I encourage you to make up a big batch using powdered milk and use it regularly. Why are milk baths good for you? The fat and protein in the milk are wonderful skin moisturizers.
What kind of milk do you use for a milk bath?
If you are making a one time milk bath, you can use regular milk right from the fridge. The simplest homemade milk bath is just a few cups of milk in lukewarm bathwater. Use use whole milk instead of low-fat for the most soothing milk bath possible.
If you don’t have fresh milk, canned milk will also work. Don’t use sweetened condensed milk! Evaporated milk WILL work, however. For powdered milk add 1/3 cup to 2/3 cup powdered milk into warm bath water.
Do you shower after a milk bath?
You really should take a very quick, light rinse in cool water after a milk bath. Milk residue can be a bit sticky on the skin if left there after your milk bath. Don’t use soap and don’t make the water too hot or you will strip away the natural oils in your skin.
How to make dry skin bath soak
This lavender DIY oatmeal milk bath recipe combines the soothing power of oatmeal and milk with salts and lavender to sooth muscles and relax your mind. Just add the whole oats, powdered milk, and essential oils into the food processor and pulse for a short time.
Then layer it with the rest of the lavender DIY oatmeal milk bath recipe ingredients and you are done. In only minutes you have created a simple way to relax and moisturize your skin at the very same time. You can also try my lavender oatmeal bath bombs for another type of relaxing oatmeal bath!
Lavender DIY oatmeal milk bath recipe ingredients
For the salt in this homemade milk bath, you can use Epsom salts or course sea salt, which is what I chose to use. A high-quality sea salt provides a ton of minerals for your skin. It is a natural way to balance, protect, and restore the body and skin. I chose to add some natural food coloring but this is totally optional. If you don’t want it, just use undyed sea salt.
How to dye sea salt
If you want to dye salt for this oatmeal milk bath recipe, it is incredibly easy. It also gives a really nice ‘finished’ look to your homemade milk bath and makes it pretty enough to give as a gift to friends and family. This will work for any type of salt that is white.
- Add the salt to a Ziploc bag.
- Add food coloring to the bag. The more food coloring, the darker your dyed salt will be.
- Press the air out of the bag and seal it TIGHTLY.
- Knead the salt and coloring until it is all mixed together. This will only take a minute or two.
Easy Lavender DIY Oatmeal Milk Bath Recipe
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup powdered milk
- 5 to 10 drops Lavender essential oil
- 1/2 cup sea salt
- 2 to 3 drops lavender food coloring
- 3 to 4 TBSP dried lavender
- large bowl
- jar with lid
- In a plastic baggie, combine the sea salt and the lavender food coloring. Seal the bag and massage the contents gently until the salt has absorbed the food coloring.
- Pour the contents of the bag onto a piece of wax paper and let dry
- In a food processor, combine the oats, powdered milk, and lavender essential oil. Pulse until smooth and well mixed
- Layer in a jar the salt, oats/milk mixture and dried lavender.
- Seal the jar and store at room temperature for up to 6 months or give as a gift.
- To use, pour entire amount into tub while water is running. You can also mix the layered ingredients in a bowl and add half the amount to a tub full of water and save the rest for another night.
This milk bath recipe will stay good for several months at room temperature.
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.