Oatmeal Bath with Milk and Honey

This oatmeal bath treatment with milk and honey combines ingredients used throughout history for health and beauty. Using a combination of milk, honey, and soothing oats, this oatmeal bath treatment is exactly what tired skin needs to recuperate. Deeply nourishing, this bath treatment fights against dry, itchy skin – especially when your skin is feeling dull in the middle of the winter. In addition, this oatmeal bath helps ease the inflammation that comes from sunburn and contact with poison ivy. The occasional end-of-the-day bath is also a fantastic way to unwind before bed and to melt away stress and tension.

oats, milk, honey and bath towel on bathroom counter with spoon and honey dipper
All of the raw ingredients you need from your refrigerator and pantry to make this recipe

Do you buy into the bathing ritual?

Here’s how to best enjoy any bathing ritual. We urge you to start with dry skin before stepping foot into the tub and treat yourself by dry brushing skin. There are many benefits from detoxication to stimulating circulation. Be sure to not only disconnect from tech but completely remove it from the room and the room that you will retire in. Next, it’s time to follow the steps outlined below in this recipe. Soak for 20 to 30 minutes, and follow with a freezing shower to close pores. While your skin is still wet, apply body oil or body butter to provide soothing moisture to your entire body. Allow the body to relax and cool down, and do some deep breathing. Taking a nice bath is similar to meditating. If you make this into a nightly ritual, you will find that you sleep better and improve your overall vitality.

Are milk and honey good for the skin?

We are time-traveling back to the time of Cleopatra when baths with milk, honey, oil, flowers, and herbs were part of daily living. Milk and honey are soothing, lightening, and brightening skin in a natural way. The skin is left feeling silky soft, with a healthy glow. Milk has a unique ability to remove impurities thanks to enzymes that remove dead skin cells with lactic acid. Milk and honey are hydrating and exfoliating.  Add colloidal oats, and you have are a recipe that your skin will thank you for in the form of an Oatmeal Bath.

Oats are as good for skin as the heart

This long-standing breakfast cereal is full of omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium. Oatmeal is a fiber-rich superfood that lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol and helps keep arteries clear, thereby supporting healthy heart function when eaten.

Take stock in an old beauty secret when you draw this Oatmeal Bath

When used on the skin, oats hold a lot of water due to an abundance of starches and beta-glucans found in oatmeal. Oatmeal has a natural anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and can naturally soften the skin due to oats’ phenols. When ground into a powder, oats readily absorb into the skin.

Mixing Oat Bath with warm milk, ground oats and other ingredients from nature

On the skin, oatmeal functions as a protectant. Bathing in an oatmeal bath soothes dehydrated, itchy, and inflamed skin. 

Dating back to the time of Cleopatra, luxe baths were often infused with honey, oil, flowers, and herbs. Milk and honey work wonders for the skin, soothing, lightening, and naturally brightening skin. Leaving skin feeling silky soft, with a healthy glow. Milk has a unique ability to remove impurities thanks to enzymes that remove dead skin cells with lactic acid. Milk and honey are hydrating and exfoliating.  

For this treatment, we recommend using lavender essential oil. You may use whatever essential oil you prefer but stay clear of peppermint oil on the skin, especially if the goal is soothing irritated skin.

Milk, honey, and oatmeal baths provide an all-natural, DIY home-spa treatment that contributes to your overall health. Combine these simple food-grade ingredients into your regimen and watch a beautiful transformation occur to you and your skin. Historically, oat baths soothe dry, itchy skin.

If you wonder if there’s something else you can make and enjoy while soaking in this bath, we have the answer! Try this honey oat scrub while you are soaking for a full head-to-toe at-home spa treatment straight out of your pantry. You will love the way that you feel.

Kara posing with honey and oat mask

Does this DIY Oatmeal Bath Recipe have a long shelf life?

No. Mix and use this recipe immediately. Do not store this bath treatment. If you’re looking for honey skin and body care products with a longer shelf life, shop scrubs and soaks for handmade products made with lots of love.

Ingredients you will need:

You’ll need only a handful of ingredients to make this oatmeal bath. The good news is, most of these ingredients are probably already in your pantry and refrigerator!

  • Full Fat Milk
  • Waxing Kara Honey
  • Old Fashioned Oats
  • High-speed blender or coffee grinder
  • Almond oil
  • Lavender essential oil (or your favorite EO blend)

How to Make an Oatmeal Bath

Preparing the Oatmeal Bath Recipe

Step 1: Raid the fridge and pantry for your ingredients

Gather up the ingredients and in a saucepan, add the milk and honey and mix well. Do not overheat this mixture. Transfer the liquid to a measuring cup (or bowl with a spout that is easy to handle.

Mixing the Oatmeal Bath

Step 2: Add the remaining ingredients

Mix the remaining ingredients including the collloidal oatmeal, and almond oil, and stir for a few minutes until everything is well blended. and add the essential oil. Stir well. Bring the treatment to your bathroom, light a few candles in the space. Turn on soft music. Set your intention to relax and reset. Draw a hot bath and when the tub is mostly full, add the mixture.

Dry Brushing skin

Step 2: Dry Brush skin

Next, get ready for taking a bath. Dry brush your skin to get the blood circulating, stimulate cells and your skin. Did you know that dry brushing the skin is excellent for exfoliation; proper exfoliation allows the skin to hydrate more effectively when moisturizer is applied. We know fans of the practice say that their skin has been the softest it’s ever been. Some have even reported using dry brushing techniques to combat cellulite.

Pouring the oatmeal bath mixture into the warm tub

Step 3: Add the mixture and step into this soothing bath

Run a warm tub and add the ingredients to the running water. Stir well with your feet or hands. Add your favorite organic flower petals. They can be dried or fresh, whatever is available! We’ve also used orange slices for added aromatherapy. Step into the tub and allow your mind and body to rest. Soak and relax.

Getting the Oat Bath Ready with slices of citrus

Try these complementary DIY treatments that you can enjoy while soaking!

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Oatmeal Bath Recipe

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: healthy
Keyword: Milk and Honey Oatmeal Bath, Oatmeal Bath
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 642kcal
Your skin is in for a real treat with this simple yet effective Oatmeal Bath Recipe.
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  • 2 c milk full-fat
  • 1/2 c Waxing Kara Honey
  • 1/4 c oatmeal ground
  • 5 tbsp. almond oil
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil


  • Combine the milk, honey, oatmeal and oils in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Run a warm tub and pour mixture into tub. Mix well. Soak and relax.



Calories: 642kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 312mg | Iron: 1mg

2 thoughts on “Oatmeal Bath with Milk and Honey”

  1. When we were shooting this video, we had to stop and take a break and put our feet in the water because this bath feels so amazingly silky smooth on the skin!

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