Today's the Day: Blog
Posted: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
Iâ€™m always looking for fun and useful information for these segments and when I met up with Kardish Foods they had some interesting ideas that I had never thought of for the segmentâ€¦.Like for instance, Todayâ€™s Topic: Taking an Oatmeal Bath to help with wintery dry skin.
First of, the thought of taking a bath these days is like a dream for me. I mean seriously. I can just picture it, a warm bath, lights dimmed, a good book, maybe even a glass of wine, (or my favorite for a bath, Baileyâ€™s), the kids nestled in their beds. And then I wake up, Jamie, the baby is walking around the bathroom, splashing around with her hands in the toilet while Andie is sitting on the bathroom counter putting on all of my makeup. This in fact is not a dream. This is my reality. However, if you can find the time to squeeze in a bath then I have a great idea for you:
Easing the discomfort of itchy, dry skin with a Colloidal Oatmeal Bath:
Robert Assaf of Kardish Foods suggested buying the oatmeal in bulk and buying organic. Buying the organic oatmeal alleviates any unwanted pesticides in the product (especially considering youâ€™ll be bathing in it). Also, if you are looking for the best results, then you need to leave your Quaker Oats, cinnamon flavored breakfast cereal on the counter. The best kind to use is Colloidal Oatmeal. Here is some info pulled off the web:
Colloidal oatmeal, also known by its Genus Species name, Avena sativa L., helps smooth and comfort itchy, scratchy, and dry skin. Colloidal oatmeal is not breakfast oatmeal and shouldn't be eaten. To get the benefits from the oats, you add this all-natural product to your bath where its soothing effects take over when you relax in the tub.
But How Does Colloidal Oatmeal Work?
Colloidal oatmeal is simply oats ground into an extremely fine powder. When added to bathwater, it creates a milky dispersion that prevents the oatmeal from settling rapidly. So the oatmeal stays in the water and doesn't just sink to the bottom of the bath. When you get into the tub, the colloidal oatmeal feels silky, as it coats, moisturizes, softens, and protects your skin.
What Conditions Are Helped By Colloidal Oatmeal?
Colloidal oatmeal works great to help relieve dry, skin patches (Eczema), psoriasis, acne, bug bites, sunburns, and other minor skin irritations. It also helps relieve chicken pox, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and other itching and scratching rashes. Since colloidal oatmeal has an anti-itch property that helps reduce the â€śneed to itch,â€ť soaking in the bath brings soothing comfort to those infected. When your skin is itchy and irritated, its pH level may be higher. Colloidal Oatmeal helps bring the pH back to normal levels, taming "the need to itch."
How Do I Use Colloidal Oatmeal?
Run your bath with lukewarm water, and while the tub is filling, two to three cups of colloidal oatmeal (finely ground) under the faucet to help disperse the oatmeal. You may have the urge to take a hot bath, but this will only irritate the skin and remove moisture from your body, so a warm bath is preferable. Soak in the bath for ten to fifteen minutes. When you are ready to get out of the bath, BE CAREFUL. The bathtub will be slick from the oatmeal. When drying, don't rub your skin since this can irritate the sore areas. Instead, pat yourself dry with a clean towel.
Many parents of babies use oatmeal baths to treat the following:
Common uses for Oatmeal Baths:
Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac
Anal itching (often from pinworms)
For more information you can always check out one of the 4 locations of Kardish Bulk Foods and Nutrition Centers. They have a location in Bells Corners, Merivale, Southgate and the Glebe.
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