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Milk bath mythology
Surely, at some point in your life you have heard about the lavender milk bath. If not, don’t worry. Today, we will talk about this topic and I will share a homemade recipe with you, as well. To understand what I’m talking about, you should know that milk baths are a type of bath that is done in a tub. It’s prepared by adding milk to the water or by using milk by itself.
Currently, the type of milk used is cow’s milk or whole milk powder because they are inexpensive. However, you can also use goat milk. In general, you can add essential oils and other ingredients such as lavender, chamomile, rose petals, etc to the bath. But, where does it comes from?
Legend has it that the practice of bathing with milk comes from Cleopatra. It has long been said that she bathed in milk every day to keep her skin soft and beautiful. However, this legend has not been officially confirmed.
For their part, historians point out that the Roman empress Poppaea was the one who made this type of baths popular after Cleopatra’s death.
Regardless of who started this tradition, the truth is that queens, actresses and celebrities around the world have added this practice to their beauty routines. It’s for a reason, the milk bath offers many benefits to the skin. I will talk about this next.
Not without first asking you to take a pencil and paper so that you write down the homemade recipe that I am going to share later. With this simple recipe you can make your own lavender milk bath with oatmeal. Of course, this can only be done if you have a bathtub at home.
Milk Bath Benefits
Although it is difficult to believe, milk baths brings many benefits to the skin. First, milk has lactic acids that help cleanse and soften the skin. These acids remove all dead skin from the surface and promote cell renewal.
Similarly, milk baths are recommended for people suffering from skin problems, such as eczema and psoriasis.
The elements that make up the milk, help calm irritation. Even people who suffer from very dry skin also benefit greatly from this type of bath for its moisturizing properties.
Milk has protein, fat, vitamins and minerals. As I said before, it has lactic acids. All these nutrients together offer short and long-term benefits to the skin. Having said that, I must also clarify that these milk baths are not for everyone. Please read the warning below.
Lavender Milk Bath Recipe
The following recipe only has 4 ingredients. They are very easy to find. These ingredients are whole milk powder, baking soda, oatmeal, and lavender oil. The preparation is very simple, as is its use. Let’s get to work.
- Mix the powdered milk with the baking soda and the oats (if you use regular or flaked oats, pass it through a grinder before using it)
- Next, add the lavender oil and mix everything until there are no lumps or balls.
- Finally, keep it in a glass container with a lid in a cool place until ready to use.
How to use lavender milk bath
This is the simplest thing in the world. When you’re ready to take a bath, simply fill the tub with warm water and add 1/2 cup of the product you made above. Move the water with your hands so that it dissolves. Dive in and enjoy a moment of relaxation.
You can do this bath once a week. Preferably, a day that you have free to relax and dedicate it exclusively to you. In my opinion, the best day of the week to do it is a Sunday, since that day is perfect to relax and at the same time you will start the week renewed.
As you can see, this recipe is not complicated at all, but it offers many benefits for the skin. To add a special touch, you can add rose petals or chamomile flower. The latter will calm any irritation on the skin and help soften it.
That’s it for today’s article. To take full advantage and detoxify your body, try this steam bath to clean the pores of the face (Coming Soon). I assure you that you are going to fell in love. For more detailed information about the benefits of a milk bath, you can read: What are the Benefits of Milk Bath, How do you take one and it is safe? From the Healthline website.