Summer is officially here, and along with all the loveliness, it can also mean that a few minor skin issues have returned. It's the time for everything from annoying mosquito bites and poison ivy to sunburns and heat rash.
Tip: Don't have lavender? No worries! You can skip it for a plain unscented oatmeal bath.
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DIY Oatmeal Lavender Bath Soak
Makes enough for about 5 baths
4 cups plain old fashioned oats
3 tablespoons dried lavender buds (look for "culinary" lavender, which hasn't been sprayed with anything funky)
1 cup baking soda
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and grind until very fine and almost powdery--about 3 minutes. Pour the powder into a sealable jar or bag and store in a cool and dry area.
Add 1 cup of the oatmeal soak to warm (not hot) bath water and stir to distribute. Soak your body or affected area in the water for 15 to 30 minutes. The baking soda acts as a natural and delicate cleanser so there is no need to use any kind of additional soap.