Oatmeal Baths Can Help Prevent Cancer


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In class the other day the topic of chicken pox came into discussion. I brought up oatmeal baths and only a few people knew what I was talking about.  So this provided me the incentive to actually research what the point of taking an oatmeal bath while you have chicken pox is.

It turns out the oatmeal used for the baths is called, "colloidal oatmeal"; which is a fancy way of saying fine ground oatmeal.

Oatmeal baths are specifically used when the skin is irritated a few examples I've come across where an oatmeal bath would be ideal are:

  • Chicken Pox
  • Poison Ivy
  • Eczema
  • Dry Skin
  • Psoriasis
  • Basically any skin irritation (even bug bites)

The bath soothes dry and irritated skin is because oatmeal, also referred to as Avena sativa (especially by cosmetologists), because of the proteins, lipids, and saponins it naturally contains.  Lipids, or fats, specifically lubricate the skin rehydrating as well as protecting the skin.  The proteins are converted into collagen which is a main component in connective tissues and therefore is important in maintaining a youthful complexion.  According to this article a study regarding saponins indicated that it has anticarcinogenic properties as well.

While oatmeal baths are great for your skin it is also aromatherapeutic.  The experience can be enhanced by adding lavendar, chamomile, or rose pedals to the bath.

This is another website I found containing the chemical properties and more importantly studies conducted supporting the beneficial properties of oatmeal. - Oats <---- website

Given this information would you change your life style to include an oatmeal bath once a week?

Hope you all enjoyed this post!


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I completely agree with the positive effects that oatmeal baths have on skin irritation such as poison ivy and dry skin. My boyfriend works in landscaping over the summer and took oatmeal baths constantly to reduce his irritation from poison ivy. I can see how oatmeal baths may prevent skin cancer because it makes the skin healthier and reduces irritations. However, I don't understand how you drew that conclusion. The study you cited (http://www40.pair.com/rstevens/symposium/oa5b_3.html) doesn't have anything to do with oatmeal, unless I'm misunderstanding something. It has to do with soy beans and how consuming plants can have anticarcinogenic effects. I did some research and couldn't find anything on how an oatmeal bath could prevent cancer at all, just its positive effects on skin irritation. Some websites did say that the actual consumption of oats could have anticarcinogenic effects, but that's all I could find. Could you elaborate or better explain how you came to your conclusion?

Absolutely! The article regarding the soy bean is focused on a chemical compound called saponin. While the Soy and Cancer article focused on the soy bean, its primary focus is on that specific chemical that both soy beans and oats contain. I think the study used soy beans because they have a larger saponin content compared to oats.
The reasoning behind my conclusion is that: essentially the individual who takes an oatmeal bath is laying in a mineral/vitamin pool and those organic chemicals, along with their benficial properties, are absorbed through the skin and thus help to prevent cancer. I hope I was able to answer your question; let me know if I still need to clarify anything. Thanks for your comment!

P.S. Here's another web-site regarding saponins and their beneficial propeties: http://www.phytochemicals.info/phytochemicals/saponins.php

P.S.S. This is a website they basically explains everything about oats: http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_oats.htm

Although I have never had an oatmeal bath myself, I have used oatmeal based lotions. Oatmeal lotions have many of the same benefits as oatmeal baths. A popular lotion, Aveeno, also contains collodial oatmeal which is an extract from the oatmeal grains. It also contains two other beneficial ingredients containing oatmeal. One is glycerin and the other is allantoin. The glycerin is absorbed by the skin and acts as a shield for water that may dry out skin.

Although I have never had an oatmeal bath myself, I have used oatmeal based lotions. Oatmeal lotions have many of the same benefits as oatmeal baths. A popular lotion, Aveeno, also contains collodial oatmeal which is an extract from the oatmeal grains. It also contains two other beneficial ingredients containing oatmeal. One is glycerin and the other is allantoin. The glycerin is absorbed by the skin and acts as a shield for water that may dry out skin.

This is interesting to read about. I don't really get how it helps prevent cancer. As far as i'm aware cancer comes from cell issues, and this seems to be topical treatment. I would be interested to see more studies of how this could help prevent cancer? Could more nourished skin cause less cancer? I think this study should be more widely known, especially for helping with skin problems such as poison ivy and the other ones you listed. We all know how terrible that feeling is when your skin is irritated and a simple bath like this to alleviate the uncomforted would be great.

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