Gentle Oatmeal Wash

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This simple botanical wash can be used daily in place of regular soap. The soothing, gentle oats and chamomile are excellent for sensitive skin or skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. You will be surprised how gorgeous this simple recipe is and how soft your skin will be afterwards. This soothing formula has a lovely and light natural unisex scent.

Gentle Oatmeal Wash

Gentle Oatmeal Wash:

YIELDS: 24 ounces

1 cup whole oats

1 bar moisturizing soap

1 cup chamomile flowers

1⁄2 cup powdered milk (soy, coconut, or dairy), optional

* What you will need: cutting board, knife, grater, mixing bowl, measuring cups, spoon, jar, small muslin drawstring bag, three 8-ounce jars with lids

1. To Make: Coarsely chop the oats and put into the mixing bowl. Coarsely grate the soap and add to the bowl along with the chamomile. It’s okay if the soap is a little gooey; just take care to break up any chunks, blending it in evenly with the other ingredients. Add the powdered milk if you desire a more moisturizing body wash. Feel free to mix this with your hands, or you can use a wooden spoon.

2. To Store: Put the mix in your jars and close the lids tightly. Label with contents and expiration date of 2 years. Store in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. The filled herbal bag may be good for more than one bath if you store it in the freezer and thaw it out before your next bath or shower. To thaw, toss in the tub or soak for a few minutes in hot water.

3. To Use: Loosely fill the cloth bag with the mixture and tie a bow tight enough that it won’t come apart in use. Remember, you will need to untie it later to clean out and use again. Use in place of a soap or body wash in your shower or bath. The herbal bag functions like a washcloth, but think of it as a teabag. Bring the herb-filled cloth bag into the shower or bath. Wet the bag well and slowly rub over your body with a gentle scrubbing motion. If in the bath, let the bag steep in the water as you bathe. Continue re-wetting the bag, squeezing the fragrant herbal elixir out over your body.