|Cleopatra’s Milk Bath|
Cleopatra, Queen Of The Nile was famous for her beautiful skin. Her secret was that she soaked in baths of fresh milk scented with honey, lavender, or rose petals. Some sources even suggest that strawberries and raspberries were used on occasion to scent her bath. It is said that Cleopatra's boat was so fragrant with rose petals that Mark Antony smelled the perfume before he saw the vessel itself.
Cleopatra attributed her beauty to her baths in mare's milk. Today, it is easy to use organic raw milk, sourced locally as a bath product.
Milk has been used for baths for a long time. It probably wasn't a total milk bath, but water with milk added to it.
Add 3.5 litres of organic raw milk to a tubful of warm water and soak. For a bath with fragrances, add 10 to 20 drops of an essential oil such as lavender.
Honey Milk Bath
1/2 cup powdered organic dry milk, 1/2 cup organic honey, 1 tablespoon glycerin, 1 tablespoon Almond extract.
Combine all the ingredients and make fluffy blend with a wire whisk. Soak as long as you like, then shower to remove all traces of milk and honey.
Organic Milk + Honey Shower Gel
Pour a little organic honey into the palm of your hand and add some whole organic milk powder, mixing to form a gel. Use as you would any shower gel.
Cleopatra's Milk Bath Recipe
Add 2 to 4 cups of fresh organic raw milk or buttermilk to the bathwater as the tub is filling. Add rose petals. Soak for a good 20 minutes. Gently rub your skin with a washcloth or loofah to slough off the dead skin. Rinse your body thoroughly after soaking.
Citrus + Floral Milk Bath Recipe
2 cups powdered organic dry milk, 1 tablespoon dried orange peel, 2 teaspoons dried lavender flowers, 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a clear glass bottle. Use 1/2 cup of the mixture per bath - soak for 20 minutes. Tie a ribbon and a sprig of dried flowers to the jar for a ready gift.
Mint Milk Bath Recipe
2 cups powdered organic dry milk, 4 tablespoon of crushed mint leaves, 1/2 cup sea salt, 1 cup cornstarch
Take crushed mint leaves and mix with other ingredients. Mix well before storing in glass jar. The mint leaves impart a beautiful fragrance. Tie a ribbon and a sprig of dried flowers / herbs to the jar for a ready gift.
Courtyard Milk Bath Recipe
2 cups powdered organic dry milk, 1/2 cup Epsom salts, 1/2 cup baking soda, 6 drops rose oil, 4 drops lavender oil, 4 drops lemongrass oil.
There are a lot of other milk bath preparations + explore and create your own.
Milk Bath Tips
To create an ambient setting, light Eco friendly candles + play soft music + scatter rose petals.
In Roman times, Nero built special ducts in his Golden Palace that would pour forth aromatic water, while also strewing the carpets with rose petals (some say he learned this from the liaison between Mark Antony and Cleopatra.)
Use organic raw milk if possible.
Always try to mix ingredients in ceramic bowls or nonmetallic containers.
After making the mixture, store in glass jar or any airtight container. Since these beauty recipes do not contain any artificial preservatives, they should always be refrigerated and used within a short time of preparation.
Use a scoop or pour out from the container when using. Avoid putting your fingers or moisture into the mixture.
Take about 1/4 cup of the bath preparation in a muslin cloth and soak it in the bathtub water or keep it under running water in the bathtub, before you get into the bathtub. Allow the milk bath recipe to mix with the water in the bathtub. Also, the water should be lukewarm to warm.
If you do not wish to use muslin, you can add the mixture directly in bath water and then take your bath.
Milk bath recipes are considered as the most popular natural bubble bath recipes by beauty experts. The lactic acid in milk serves as a gently skin exfoliant, while its natural fat content acts as a body moisturizer. You can retain the youthful glow of your skin by using organic milk on a regular basis.
Caution: Be careful about skin allergies; always consult a skin specialist if you have sensitive skin or if you are allergic to milk or any of the ingredients used in any of the milk bath recipes. Enjoy!
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