Inspired by my latest post on Mom Self-Care, I wanted to expand on something I’ve gotten quite a few questions about. And that would be….MILK BATHS! This happens to be my favorite at home spa treatment that I think all moms can benefit from (especially at the end of a really rough week!).
You can still treat yourself to one of these relaxing and soothing baths even if you are vegan, or lactose intolerant!
The original idea of a milk bath comes from Cleopatra. It’s been said that she would bathe herself in donkey’s milk, although this has not been confirmed. So don’t quote me. Cleopatra was revered to be an incredible beauty, though, and I’m always interested in ways to treat myself and keep my skin healthy and well-taken care of.
To take a milk bath, you combine milk (either fresh or powdered) into hot water and relax in the bath. Pretty simple!
Benefits of Milk Baths
There are a number of benefits that a milk bath can bring your skin!
- Soothes irritated skin
- Smoother skin (thanks, lactic acid 😉 )
- Improves appearance of the skin
- Calms redness/dryness
Because of the moisturizing fats in milk, it may help to calm redness from a sunburn or to reduce some of the dryness and itching caused by skin conditions such as xerosis or eczema
Importance of Ingredients
Milk baths are incredible! I’ve only taken a few since I’ve read about them myself, but the result of my skin afterward is like night and day! I think that the quality of ingredients you buy and ix into your bath is really important and can alter the results of your bath. If you are going to be treating yourself with a hot, relaxing bath – you want to make sure the mixture is going to be good for your body so you achieve the desired results.
I like to go all organic when I can. Amazon has a comprehensive and affordable selection of organic products you can use in your milk bath:
Milk Bath Recipe
Homemade Milk Bath
Organic milk bath recipe for a relaxing bath that will soften your skin, and soothe and relieve dry, itchy skin.
- 2 cups whole powdered milk
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 10 drops essential oils
Carefully pour dry ingredients into a large glass container. Secure the lid, and shake to combine.
Shake, shake, shake that thang.
Add 10 drops of essential oils to the freshly mixed powder. Secure lid again, and shake to combine.
Allow mixture to sit for 24 hours before using - this allows the ingredients to fully combine. Store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
Pour 1-2 cups of your mixture into the bath under hot running water. Sit back and relax!
- Milk that contains less fat is not as nourishing to your skin as milk with a higher fat content.
- If you are lactose intolerant, no need to fret! You can still enjoy the milk bath because you are not physically digesting the bath water containing the milk, and therefore you will not experience any digestion problems.
- If you are vegan, consider using rice, soy, or coconut milk!
Benefits For Babies & Littles
I first heard of milk baths when I was nursing my youngest son, Jax. I read on one of those online forums that you could add breast milk to your baby’s bath for some extra little wonders! And it’s absolutely true. For a sweet babe’s sensitive skin, a milk bath (that extra breastmilk in the freezer will work wonderfully!) can help them with their skin, diaper rash, and even bug bite itch.
Once You’re Done…
Whether it’s your skin or baby’s skin that been soaked in milk, once you’re all done relaxing and soaking in the wonders of lactic acid – pat your skin dry. No need to rinse! Seal in the moisture from your soak with some organic coconut oil!
Have you tried a milk bath? Let me know in the comments below – I’d love to hear your experience!