pretty sure my kids are spoiled when it comes to pampering! I posted this photo on instagram the other day and you all loved it and then I got so many messages about what the recipe is. I started answering each individual but decided this would be better platformed.
you can pretty much do a milk bath however you want. I touched before on what we do here when I spoke about sensory baths but wanted to clarify more about milk / water rations.
so first, why milk bath? the benefits are amazing and if you try it for yourself, you'll notice how silky smooth you feel when you get out. theres an acid in milk that gently dissolves proteins to exfoliate dead skin cells. this acid ingredient can be found in some expensive exfoliating products so definitely try this before shopping for some of those!
- help soften and smooth rough flaky skin
- calm red and irritated skin
- moisturizes skin - milk contains fat and proteins that work together to help moisturize your skin
some things you can add for extra benefits are honey, oatmeal, lavender- so many options!
and now - ratio's
for just a few inches of water like above - I added a half gallon of milk. this is on the creamy side so you can start with a lot less, try one quart of milk.
for a pretty full bath - think adult laying in it or child sitting up and level going to chest - start with one gallon of milk. one gallon of full fat milk will do great for a full size bath but if you really want even creamier bath and maybe you're doing it for maternity photography or something like that, then go up to 2 gallons. I've never done more than 2 gallons and that was a full size large bath so I can't imagine the need for more.
how do I do it
I fill the tub with desired level of water first. depending on subject going in, I usually do as hot as I can. if you're adding honey, you'll want to run the honey under the hot running water into the bath. once tub level is reached with water, just add the milk and swoosh around with your hand/arm. it's really that simple. if you don't have much milk on hand or cost is an issue, start with a lot less milk and just check it out. a somewhat translucent milk bath still provides those great benefits for the skin!
a note on milks - full fat raw dairy is my first choice (we use goats milk cause thats what we raise here). I understand raw is not what some of you want or maybe you do but can't get your hands on any - next best thing is just focus on it being full fat and preferably not ultra pasteurized.
I've received a lot of questions about powdered milk so I'll give it a try over the next 2 weeks and report back with my thoughts on powdered milk.
are you going to try a milk bath for your child? or maybe even for yourself? would love to hear how it goes!