The great thing about a 3-week road trip to the Southwest in the summer is the wide stretches of open terrain, the heat, and being enveloped by nature. The unfortunate part is what a toll that terrain, heat and high elevation has on your skin. I couldn't drink enough water or moisturize with enough lotions or oil to not make my skin look like an old snake. Eww.
All these years living in the Bay Area at sea-level, with our moisture-laden air, I took for granted, not appreciating its fountain of youth-like properties for the largest organ of my body, my skin. Returning from my desert and mountain adventure, I was desperate to replenish my skin, which was already uber sensitive due to a recent bout of severe utricaria (hives) and anaphlaxis. A natural and unprocessed solution was of top priority!
My skin-soothing ritual over the next few days was two-fold, both involving coconut oil: 1. Cool oatmeal bath with essential oil; 2. Coffee Body Scrub. Not only did it all felt good and smell delicious, after 2-3 days my skin was back on track, no more chap, crack, or flaking!
The Coffee Body Scrub was a homemade gift from a fellow Forrest Yoga teacher, Jessie Delmar of Kaoite Healing Arts . She found the recipe for the scrub online at theCoconutMama.com. Coffee and coconut oil are rich in antioxidants, plus coconut oil has vitamin E and proteins that contribute to cellular health and tissue repair, just to name a few!
Here is how I proceeded to heal my skin:
DAY 1 - Oatmeal bath only (recipe below)
DAY 2 - Oatmeal bath, drain tub, then scrub your entire body with Coffee Body Scrub, rinse.
DAY 3 - Repeat Day 2, only using scrub on areas that are still dry and cracked.
NOTE: Consider the oats as your "soap" and the oils as your "lotion" or moisturizer - don't use soap and/or lotion after these baths.
REJUVENATE-ME OATMEAL BATH
Oats have fats, sugars, and proteins that work to protect and soothe your skin. The fats lubricate as well as the sugars which leave a gelatinous-like residue in the bathwater and on your skin. The proteins have anti-inflammatory properties, blocking histamines to help soothe itchy skin.
Lavender essential oil also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, calms and relaxes, and reduces skin irritations. Geranium essential oil promotes the appearance of clear, healthy skin and hair, calms nerves and lessens feelings of stress.
I love using my Doterra essential oils for natural healing - they are CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® and can only be purchased through a Doterra Wellness Advocate, of which I am. You can purchase these oils through my "store" on the Doterra site - click here.
1/2 cup uncooked Oats
muslin satchel with drawstring
1 Tablespoon fractionated coconut oil with 3 drops essential oil such as Lavender or Geranium in a small, sealed container (this oil mixture will last for multiple baths)
Pour oats into muslin satchel and attach the bag directly under the tub facet using the bag's drawstring. Run a warm (not hot) bath, allowing the water to run through the oats in the bag.
As the bath is filling, pour a scant 1/2 teaspoon of the coconut oil/essential oil mixture into the bath water.
Once bathtub is filled, squeeze the muslin bag to release more "oat juice" into the water, or even squeeze directly on to your skin like you would soap up your body.
Sit and soak for at least 20 minutes. DO NOT USE SOAP. Gently rinse off (without soap) and pat dry with towel.