How Do You Make an Oatmeal Poultice?

To make an oatmeal poultice for immediate use, cook down 1 cup of oats in boiling water, and let it sit until a paste-like consistency forms. Apply the poultice directly to the skin. Alternately, spread a layer on a damp cloth, and place it oatmeal-side-down on the skin; let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing to provide soothing relief from inflammation or rashes. An oatmeal poultice helps treat sunburns, poison ivy and chicken pox.