What is it?

Oat, Avena sativa, is a cereal cultivated for its seed. It is an annual plant growing in temperate regions

Main Benefits

Healing, anti-inflammatory, protective, anti-oxidant

More Information

Since 2,000 BC, oats have been used in traditional medicine for everything from baths and facials to healing wounds, soothing burns and itches, and reducing inflammation. Oatmeal possesses a wide spectrum of biologically active compounds, and forms an amazing barrier on the skin. Naturally cleaning, oatmeal removes excess oil and dirt that clogs pores and replaces the undesirables with moisture-delivering beta-glucans and antioxidants such as ferulic acid. In fact, colloidal oatmeal (or finely ground oats) is approved by the FDA as a skin protectant. Extracts of colloidal oatmeal has been shown to diminish pro-inflammatory cytokines in vitro, and the colloidal oat skin protectant lotion showed significant clinical improvements in skin dryness, scaling, roughness, and itch intensity.

Scientific reference

Vaughn AR, Clark AK, Sivamani RK, Shi VY.. Natural Oils for Skin-Barrier Repair: Ancient Compounds Now Backed by Modern Science. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2018 Feb;19(1):103-117.
Reynertson KA, Garay M, Nebus J, Chon S, Kaur S, Mahmood K, Kizoulis M, Southall MD. Anti-inflammatory activities of colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) contribute to the effectiveness of oats in treatment of itch associated with dry, irritated skin. J Drugs Dermatol. 2015 Jan;14(1):43-8.
CFR – Code of Federal Regulations Title 21, part 347, 2020.

Products featuring this ingredient

  • Oatmeal salve

    Soothing, buttery help for dry cuticles, hands and lips
    An amazingly effective and truly ancient concoction that can be used on dry knuckles, cuticles, lips, and wherever extra protection and soothing love is needed. Perfect for our hard-working gardeners!

    Skin type: all skin types

    Concerns: extra dry patches (cuticles, lips, knuckles etc)

    Size: 0.5 oz



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