Milk Baths are just like regular baths, only with an addition of milk and often other scents such as lavender, honey, and essential oils. Cleopatra, Elizabeth I of England, Elisabeth of Bavaria, and others have historically acclaimed the beautifying benefits of these baths.
Milk baths are said to utilize lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, to dissolve the proteins which hold together dead skin cells.
Proponets say that the natural properties of milk help to:
Make visible new, fresh cells
Accelerate skin cell renewal
Powdered or Fresh Milk
Homemade Milk Baths Recipes
Milk and Honey Bath
It seems that women have been indulging themselves with milk and honey baths for centuries, so I am assuming that it does the body good... So, here is a quick and easy recipe that should do the trick. Enjoy.
1/2 cup liquid honey
3 cups powdered milk
lavender buds (added for color and fragrance)
Combine the ingredients above in a large bowl and then transfer to a decorative glass bottle in your bathroom. This also makes a great and inexpensive gift idea.
Scoop out a luxurious amount of the milk bath and dissolve in a warm bath.
You can also add any one or two of these ingredients.
Lavender-Honey Milk Baths
Tablespoons dried lavender flowers*
1-1/2 cups whole milk, cream or combination
1/3 cup honey
Directions Process lavender flowers in a blender until they become a powder, turning off the blender and scraping down the sides as necessary. Whisk together lavender powder, milk and honey in a glass bowl, then pour into a jar. Before each use, shake the jar and pour half of the mixture into the bath. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes enough for 2 baths.
*Dried lavender flowers can be found in the spice section of gourmet and specialty stores.
Not only Milk but a dash of Honey
Milk and honey have been used for centuries in skin care. Milk is good for soothing the skin and honey is good for softening and protecting the skin.
With this recipe we will use powdered milk so you can keep a jar in the bath room to use whenever you are in the mood for a soothing bath.
2 cups of powdered milk
5 tablespoons of almond meal
5 tablespoons of oat flower
Mix all three of these ingredients in a bowl then store in a jar or tin. When you go to take a bath use 3 tablespoons sprinkled right into the bath water. Also put 3 tablespoons of Honey into the bath water and mix it up…
You can use a few drops of your favorite essential oil but I would put it in the bath water not in your mixture.
A Milk Bath to Soak For
This mixture is a little old world and a little new world.
2 cups of powdered milk
1 cup of dead sea salts
2 teaspoons of cornstarch
2 tablespoons of baking soda
Mix all four of these ingredients in a bowl then store in a jar or tin. When you go to take a bath use 3 tablespoons sprinkled right into the bath water.
Over two thousand years ago, Cleopatra filled her elegant tub with camel milk bath to maintain her notoriously supple skin. However, the multiple benefits of milk baths and milk-based skin care products are being revisited in the new millenium as more people seek holistic solutions to their health and beauty needs.
The Legendary Queen of Egypt was known for her exquisite complexion. One of her secret beauty treatments, the milk and honey bath are still being used today.
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