Yesterday the rain fell and fell and just when you thought it could not rain anymore or any harder, it rained more and a little harder. It was unbelievable and really was one of those days where you stay in, you stay dry and you potter on things that bring warmth, nourishment and comfort.
When cold do you get the urge to prepare porridge or oat cookies (Anzac biscuits) for the ones you love? This is because they build the body, they contain B vitamins and are packed with minerals that stock the body and build resistance and somehow we know to do this.
But oats also have multiple benefits externally. Oats moisturise and nourish the skin, they sooth dry, itchy or flaky skin. Oats make a beautiful face scrub that gently exfoliates the impurities from the skin. It has been used for a centuries or more as a poultice or external remedy for sharp pains or cramps.
However instinctively (this means without me using my herbal medicine knowledge or scrounging through my old books), I feel oats soaked in a hot bath will help bring a warmth to my family.
So we got to making our oat bath bombs. They are sweet parcels of oats, nettle and chamomile wrapped in cloth ready to be soaked in a hot bath. The nettle helps if the skin is irritated, itchy or heated, while the chamomile soothes, relaxes and eases a busy soul.
My babies worked so sweetly at filling the material and wrapping them with love. As they made them I told them how they will heal and restore.
My children have had these since such a young age so they know to use these in the cooler months and I hope they remember these things forever. Maybe it is my hope they carry mother natures remedies to heal them when I cannot. Or so they can heal the ones they love and I hope they carry and instinct and understanding of plants so they can use them when needed.
Last night we all bathed in oat parcels and warmth.
The oats expel a thick, slimy, delicious fluid that moisturises and as the weather cools the body does not perspire as much and our skin becomes drier.
An oat bath to me brings moisture, relaxation and nourishment to the body.
The smooth creamy milk flowed in the bath and our skin feels silky smooth and nourished.
The simplicity yet the feeling all round is something that is so positive and I feel blessed we can use something so simple but yet so powerful.
Wishing you all warmth xx