To soothe the skin and relieve vulvar itch and irritation, make an oatmeal bath. To avoid it getting very messy, here are some tips and recipe. There are two options here, and either works very well depending on the time and equipment you have.

To make a bath softer on the skin, add two tablespoons of olive oil and 1/4 cup of baking soda. The baking soda increases the skin’s pH and helps alleviate itching.

Stocking, oats, bath

Get an old stocking (panty hose), and two cups of oatmeal. Put the oatmeal into the stocking and then either hang it under the tap as you fill the bath, or just sit it in the bath, moving it around as necessary so the oatmeal can swish around in the water. The stocking stops the huge mess of oats all through the bath.

You don’t even need a stocking – anything from an old sock, netting, or anything that will hold the oats.

Make yourself some colloidal oatmeal for a milky bath

100% plain oatmeal, large flakes, ground or blended into as much like dust as you can make it. You want it to dissolve completely in a glass of warm water. This makes colloidal oatmeal, which simply means ‘oatmeal that is dispersed and suspended in water’. It makes a milky bath.

Add luxury to the colloidal oatmeal

You can add a cup of whole milk, essential oil (for calming skin – no orange, lemon, lemongrass), dried herbs, honey, and other ingredients – whatever you think sounds good, really.

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