Fragrant ‘Milk’ baths, a simple luxury, have GENUINE health benefits. Cleopatra ‘Queen Of The Nile’, a famous beauty renown for her charm and beauty secrets maintained her soft skin by taking a camel or goat milk bath every day. Other royal figures, like Elizabeth I of England & Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898) have acclaimed the beautifying benefits of these baths.
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Milk contains Vitamins A and D, which helps make your skin soft, yet strong. It contains lactic acid with alpha hydroxy acids that dissolve the glue-like proteins that keep dead cells attached to the skin. The lactic acid found in milks, buttermilk,and yogurt act as a gentle soothing moisturizing exfoliant.
Exfoliation is the process of removing the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal softer tissue underneath. If the dead cells are not removed, they tend to clog your pores, which can lead to blackheads and blotchy looking skin. Since the average person creates a new layer of skin every two to four weeks, you can improve your complexion immensely by simply exfoliating on a regular basis.
Milk is also beneficial for your hair. Small scales on your hair follicles can cause hair to look dull. Using milk on your hair seals the scales, making it shinier and healthier ~ just as using milk on your skin makes it silkier and more radiant.
Making your own fragrant milk bath is easy. Choose a scented recipe with essential oils & other ingredients to create the experience you’re after: a morning wake-up with energy for the day, a detoxing cleanse, relieving aches & pains from athletic or gardening efforts, end-of-the-day relaxation, a special sensual treat, etc.
Add 8-10 drops of therapeutic EOs such as lavender, jasmine, rosemary, honey – vanilla – chocolate or coffee absolutes, or other essential oils to 1-2 cups whole or low-fat (not skim) milk, buttermilk, goat milk, coconut or soy milk. Add to warm running bath water to disperse the scented milk & essential oils as you fill the tub. Step into your warm bath and luxuriate!
Soak for 10-20 minutes and polish your skin by scrubbing the surface with a washcloth or loofah in soft, circular motions. Be extra gentle with delicate areas like your neck, inner arms, and thighs to avoid abrasion burns.
NOTE: When you are finished, rinse the milk from your body thoroughly with a quick shower. Wipe the oils from the tub while they are easy to remove. Rinse & wash measuring cups & spoons thoroughly if you use them for cooking or the next thing you make may taste like your EOs. Hmmmm….perhaps not so great.
After your beauty bath, you may notice your skin is slightly oily. That is normal. It’s simply the natural moisturizing effect of the milk. Exfoliating your skin too often can dry it out and the natural oils in milk will help keep your skin moisturized, making your milk bath the perfect beauty treatment for creating supple baby-soft skin.
* Essential Oils: Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender, Nutmeg, Sandalwood, & others
* Almond, Chocolate, Vanilla extracts or absolutes
* 1c. Epsom Salts or Sea Salt
* Melted Honey or Honey absolute
* Herbs or Flower petals
* Powdered Oatmeal
MORE Milk Bath Recipes to follow in my next post. LOOK for it soon!
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Chivas Skin Care sells luxury bath & beauty products made with goats milk.
~ Mary Sampsel: Basic Milk Bath Reccipe with variations added
Another milky tip:
Safe use of essential oils cautions never to put EOs in the eyes.
if this happens by accident. A simple household remedy will ease the discomfort.
~ Wipe the closed eye gently with half ‘n half or whole milk, to dilute the EO and experience quick relief.