Have you taken homemade DIY honey and milk bath ever? Even though this milk bath takes us back to history years ago when it all started. But, let me tell you it is honey and milk path is still extremely popular in many countries. Mostly women enjoy it for refreshing skin but stories tells that men enjoy it too. These milk baths offered at spa are mostly common in countries like Thiland.
But, you can enjoy a milk bath at home too.
We have always been using scrubs, moisturizing creams, and what not to enhance the beauty of our skin. This time, for the very first time I thought of bringing you all the most calming, refreshing, and soothing DIY honey and milk bath.
Honey milk baths are a nice transaction from the typical baths that you take. They are incredible for the skin and are useful for the skin for a decade now. The wonders that it creates on the skin are something you would love to feel. This is because it gives the skin a hydrating and nourishing quality which leaves the skin smooth and softer.
Therefore, to make your life easier and much more fascinating, we are here to give you some knowledge about the most wholesome milk and honey bath recipes. Read on and enjoy.
The Concept of Honey and Milk Bath
The first time I heard about the milk and honey bath, I was dreadfully surprised. This was only because I never heard about it ever before. However, I found the name very alluring and hence began with my research on the notion of a honey milk bath. I have only watched it few movies though 🙂 A milk and rose petal bath.
My curiosity enabled me to figure that the entire conceptualization of milk and honey bath was introduced during ancient times. Cleopatra, the last pharaoh is widely famous for her stunning skin and radiant beauty. This was because milk and honey baths were frequent in her routine. However, she bathes in donkey’s milk rather than the cow’s one. Donkey’s milk made her feel more elite and legendary.
Cleopatra is no more with us but she left her famous honey and milk bath soak recipe with us. So let’s walk into the miracle that she introduced.
DIY Honey and Milk Bath Recipe
- 2 tablespoons of locally available honey in ancient times.
- 100ml of organic full-fat milk of a donkey
- A handful of rose petals
- A handful of lavender petals
- Gently warm the milk and honey until the honey fully dissolves into the milk.
- Allow the mixture to cool down.
- Pour the honey and milk bath soak into the hot water.
- Spread out the rose and lavender petals in the bath.
- Lie back in the bath, smoothly rub the skin with a washcloth to remove the dead skin cells while staying in a relaxing position.
- Get the soak for 20 minutes.
- Rinse the whole body afterward.
Benefits of Milk for Bath
Let’s quickly find out why milk is great for our bodies and skin.
- Milk has high levels of minerals and vitamin A, B, and D contents.
- It contains lactic acid which cleans the dead cells and calcium to intensify the circulation of blood in the veins.
- Milk has animal protein fat which enriches the bathing experience and helps in exfoliating your skin.
- Milk hydrates the skin and hence prevents the skin from dryness.
- The antioxidants that milk contains fight harmful bacteria and eliminate them from the skin completely.
Honey Milk Bath Benefits
You will not be able to stop yourself from instantly jumping to the homemade honey and milk bath recipe once you will read milk bath benefits for the skin. Hence, keep scrolling to know about the miracle it creates.
Firstly, it provides you relief from all kinds of skin irritations and diseases. It protects the skin from all infections and skin diseases.
Secondly, milk and honey both possess antimicrobial and cleansing properties. This is why when they combine they surely do generate a lasting impact on the body. Coupled with this, DIY honey and milk baths also help in slowing down the aging process. This further causes the skin to look beautiful, young, and lavish. It is also great for removing fine lines.
It leaves a calming effect on the nerves and that is something everyone would need in their all-day tiring busy schedules. Thus, providing you with the most relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
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Why is Honey Beneficial?
Rich in antifungal, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties, honey protects the skin from harmful free radicals. Thus, leaving a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
Honey is great for acne and speeds up the healing processes of the skin cells. It takes away all the dull and dry components from the skin and brightens up the skin. With this, honey can be a savior for many of us as it helps to strengthen the immune system while preventing redness and inflammation.
The Best Type of Honey for Honey and Milk Bath
All types of honey work amazingly well but there are some with much more benefits, hence it is safe to use them.
• Avocado blossom honey
It best for preserving the moisture of the skin. People use this mostly to bid farewell to the flaky and dry skin. It also helps in reducing the wrinkles that are prominent to the naked eye.
• Manuka honey
Manuka honey has an enhanced concentration of antibacterial agents. This is why it is highly expensive. It has a tremendous healing effect. People generally apply manuka to burns, stings and to deal with acne-prone skin.
• Thyme honey
Thyme honey cleanses the pimples and acne from the surface of the skin. It detoxifies the skin from everyday irritants and pollution. It also contains a compound called Quercitin which provides its anti-allergenic properties. Therefore, Thyme honey is unique as compared to the other kinds of honey available in the market.
The Best Milk for the Milk Bath
To prepare DIY honey and milk baths, it is essential to walk through the types of milk that you can use.
Buttermilk is the best cleanser for the skin. Apart from cleansing the skin, it is also useful for nourishing it. Buttermilk contains the content of lactic acid which takes out all the dirt, muck, and grime from the innermost pores of the skin.
• Dairy milk- full fat cow’s milk
One of the popular skin addictives, dairy milk is rich in alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) essential that aid in removing the dead skin cells. It is also good for stimulating the growth of new cells of the skin. It is useful for skin brightening treatments and helps in eliminating dark spots. It also soothes the painful acne
• Cashew milk
It boosts the body’s natural production of collagen and keeps the skin youthful and healthy. Cashew milk is high in copper and may strengthen the skin. It also prevents the body from various skin infections and diseases.
• Oat milk
According to experts, oat milk is the direct remedy for treating irritated skin by balancing the pH levels of the skin. It has natural pH and can hydrate the skin. Using it as a substitute for dairy milk would be remarkable as this would generate improved results.
You can use any milk you want because milk doesn’t have any side effects.
However, my best pick is full-fat milk because it smells sweet and has more lactic acid. Buttermilk is also rich in lactic acid but it has a sour pungent smell which prevents people from using it. However, in the case of using buttermilk, it is advisable to add any of your favorite essential oil to cover up the smell.
Spices for Milk and Honey Bath
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and can soothe the redness on the skin. It can also help with outbreaks of acne. It is an active ingredient. However, rinse it immediately right after you are done with your milk and honey bath otherwise it may leave a stain there.
Ginger is my number one pick because it is a natural skin brightener. It consists of 40 antioxidants that reduce aging and enhance the elasticity of the skin.
- Cinnamon- increases the overall circulation of the blood in the body. The moment you touch the cinnamon, it naturally stimulates the blood flow, escalating the circulation. This further removes the toxins. It softens the body from head to toe.
- Fennel- works for sensitive skin. Its comforting and anti-inflammatory properties help you to recover from sunburns and other irritations.
- Paprika- my favorite herb to use in a milk and honey bath. This might look scary to you all but that’s only because you don’t know the benefits it offers. If you want to look rosy and all refresh, then paprika, is your match. This spice gives new energy to your skin.
Essential Oils Type
- Lavender- calms down the nerves. Research posts that lavender can help in sleep and can effectively combat fungal infections.
- Frankincense- my grandmother’s favorite essential oil that reduces joint pain. It is preferable for dry skin. Also treats elasticity and helps in regenerating skin cells.
- Ylang Ylang- oil that nourishes the skin. It contains a natural sedative that helps in stabilizing the blood pressure and heart rate.
Optional Ingredients for Honey and Milk Bath Soak
The same homemade honey and milk bath recipe would bore you. This would also make you lose your interest in this therapeutic practice. This is why I let me walk you through some new ingredients that will maintain and increase your enthusiasm for DIY honey and milk bath.
• Mint leaves
Excellent for reducing nausea. If your stomach uncomfortable or upsetting, chop some fresh mint leaves and spread them into your honey milk bath. A study also shows that the fragrance of peppermint is effective in dealing with digestive issues.
• Lemon zest
The peel of lemon adds energy to your honey and milk bath soak. Thus, helping you live your experience to the fullest. I use this whenever I have some presentations at university. This freshens me up and energizes me for an exhausting schedule.
• Orange peel
The scent of orange outstands every other ingredient because of its stress-reducing property. You can also use this as an exfoliator in the bathtub.
DIY Milk and Honey Bath Recipe
Now the wait is over as you are finally going to read the splendid homemade milk and honey bath recipe.
- 1/2 cup of any honey of your choice. I use raw manuka, honey.
- 1 cup of cow’s milk
- 2 tablespoons of dried turmeric powder.
- 2 tablespoons of dried ginger
- Orange peel ribbons. You can also add lemon zest, vanilla, or mint leaves.
- 20 drops of Frankincense essential oil. Lavender and Ylang Ylang could also work.
- 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
- 1 cup of assorted dried flowers(optional)
- Take out honey in a cup and microwave it for 15 seconds to warm it. Make sure to not make it too hot so that it can easily dissolve in the bathtub.
- Add the honey into the mug of milk. Mix it.
- Add turmeric and ginger into the mixture.
- Take out a separate mug and stir frankincense essential oil into the coconut oil.
- Fill the tub with hot water.
- Add the mixture to the water and stir evenly.
- Add oils and mix with the hand.
- Add in a handful of dried flowers(optional)
- Slip into the tub and relax.
How often to take a milk and honey bath?
Taking a milk and honey bath once or twice a week is preferable. It would soothe your skin and would prepare you for the next busy day.
How to Make Milk and Honey Bath Bombs
Another way of enjoying a milk and honey bath is by using a milk and honey bath bomb recipe. Let’s look into a quick technique of preparing a moisturizing bath bomb.
- 1 cup of citric acid
- 2 cups of baking soda
- 3 tablespoons of colloidal oatmeal
- 3 tablespoons of honey powder
- 3 tablespoons of milk powder
- Witch hazel
- Blend baking soda, oatmeal, milk powder, and honey powder in a bowl.
- Add citric acid and mix well.
- Take the spray bottle and sprint the witch hazel in a dry mixture. Repeat this 10 times and stir immediately.
- Continue the above step until the mixture gets damp and holds the ingredients together.
- Pack the mixture as tightly as possible into meatball-shaped equipment.
- Allow the bath bomb to dry for 24 hours.
The DIY honey and milk bath would make your life joyful. It works like a miracle. The fun fact is that you can personalize your honey milk soak recipe with different scents every time. Therefore, allowing you to have something different to freshen up your mind and soul.
Hence, now is the time to give yourself a break from the tough schedules and engage yourself in a self-love activity. You surely would fall in love with honey milk baths, all you just got to do is to try it once and there is no going back.
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I am dying to try this recipe. I suffer from ezcema and psoriasis. I will also try with lavender infused honey.