Why oatmeal and lavender? The research.

If you have read this far, you may have noticed that our bath bags for dry skin and eczema are made up of colloidal oatmeal and lavender. This is not by chance. 

There is an extensive amount of study into the benefits of oatmeal in relieving the itchiness, redness and other symptoms associated with eczema. We decided to summarise a few of these studies and their conclusions

1. Anti-Inflammatory Activities of Colloidal Oatmeal (Avena sativa) Contribute to the Effectiveness of Oats in Treatment of Itch Associated With Dry, Irritated Skin

January 2015.

Authors: Kurt A. Reynertson PhD, Michelle Garay MS, Judith Nebus MBA, Suhyoun Chon PhD, Simarna Kaur PhD,
Khalid Mahmood PhD, Menas Kizoulis BA, Michael D. Southall PhD


These results demonstrate that colloidal oat extracts exhibit direct anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, which may provide the mechanisms for observed dermatological benefits while using the colloidal oatmeal skin protectant lotion.

2. Colloidal Oatmeal (Avena Sativa) Improves Skin Barrier Through Multi-Therapy Activity

June 2016

Authors: Olha Ilnytska PhD, Simarna Kaur PhD, Suhyoun Chon PhD, Kurt A. Reynertson PhD, Judith Nebus MBA,
Michelle Garay MS, Khalid Mahmood PhD, and Michael D. Southall PhD

Conclusion: Clinically, the colloidal oatmeal lotion showed significant clinical improvements in skin dryness, moisturization, and barrier. Taken together, these results demonstrate that colloidal oatmeal can provide clinically effective benefits for dry and compromised skin by strengthening skin barrier.

3. Colloidal oatmeal formulations as adjunct treatments in atopic dermatitis.

July 2012


J F Fowler, J Nebus, W Wallo, L F Eichenfield

Conclusion: These studies found that the daily use of moisturizers and/or cleansers containing colloidal oatmeal significantly improved many clinical outcomes of atopic dermatitis from baseline: investigator's assessment (IGA), eczema area and severity index (EASI), itch, dryness, and quality of life indices. Safety results showed that the formulations were well tolerated in babies, children, and adults with AD.

4. Evaluation of massage with essential oils on childhood atopic eczema.

Sep 2000

Anderson C1Lis-Balchin MKirk-Smith M.

Conclusions: The results of this study indicate the necessity of prolonged studies with novel plant extracts as short-term beneficial results could be overturned by adverse effects after repeated usage.

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