Oatmeal can be used as a natural remedy to alleviate itchy/irritated skin. When it is added to a bath it soothes the skin, helping to eliminate the itchiness associated with razor burn, chicken pocks, poison ivy, swimmers itch, dry “winter skin”, diaper rash, hives, the sting from sunburns, etc… There is no need for an expensive drug store cream when an oat bath could have quick, inexpensive relief.
There are anti-inflammatory compounds in oats, which help to explain how oats are able to sooth irritated and itchy skin.
For an oat bath: Pour 1 to 2 cups of plain uncooked oat flour, or rolled oats, into the cut-off leg of an old pair of pantyhose or a tube sock, tie it loosely, and set it under the faucet as you draw a warm bath. Let the oats soak for a while in the water, periodically squeezing the pantyhose bag to release the liquid.
As you soak in the tub, gently rub the bag of oats over your skin like a bar of soap to increase the soothing effect.
The bath tub does gets slippery during an oatmeal soak, so make sure to take special care when getting in and out of the tub. Once out, I would recommend to pat yourself dry, since this will help to keep the protective, moisturizing barrier.