Milk Bath

Creamy white milk is associated with the lustrous white moon.

To enhance the magical effects of this bath, use fresh milk when the moon is full or the gibbous moon is increasing in light. Ideally, the bath ought to be taken when the moon is visible in the heavens.

You may invoke the appropriate Goddess as you prepare the water, requesting whatever blessing you need. Pour one to two cups of white, fresh milk into the running water.

Goat's milk is used to draw abundance, power, and success. Invoke Diana, Bona Dia, Aradia, Almathea, Juno Capricorna, or Bridget.

Cow's milk is used to bring protection, prosperity, and beauty. Invoke Hathor, Juno, Isis, Lakshmi, or Hera.

Soak in the warm water for 20 minutes. Gently stroke your skin with a cotton, white wash cloth.

Rinse the milk from your skin thoroughly with a quick, gentle shower, or pour a bucket of clear water over yourself. Otherwise, the milk residue on your skin can sour.

As you rinse yourself clean, give thanks to the Goddess you invoked. Drink a cup of milk to honor the Goddess.

Milk baths ought to be performed only once in a lunation.

Myth's Notes

The famous queen Cleopatra VII, who won Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony allegedly took baths of fresh milk and herbs to enhance her beauty.

Contemporary beauty treatment wisdom explains the "scientific value" of milk baths.

Milk contains lactic acid, and alpha hydroxy acid, which is a gentle, natural exfoliant.

Exfoliation is the process of removing the layer of dead skin cells, revealing new softer skin underneath. The average person grows a new layer of skin approximately every two to four weeks, shedding the old cells.

Supposedly the lactic acid dissolves the glue that holds the dead skin cells to the body.

A 20 minute soak allows the dead cells to be easily scrubbed off with a loofan or wash cloth.

The milk also acts as a moisturizer, likewise helping to create lustrous, silky soft skin.

I make no claim that this modern beauty explanation is based upon either pseudo science or genuine science. I assume a milk bath is effective for purely spiritual or religious reasons.

I have found numerous variations of recipes on the basic Milk Bath above--interstingly, lots of them suggested using powdered milk.

Naturally, whatever one mixes into a bath changes its sumbolic purpose as well as changing its esthetic nature. Be certain to always rinse with water poured over you to remove milk residue. I also advise you to bind any herbs and spices into some sort of bag or cloth. Tying herbs in a bag will keep your tub cleaner and avoid your drain becoming clogged.

A few recipes are below. I have tested none of them.

Soothing Milk bath

Mix Dendritic Salt and fragrance oil together in a bowl and set aside. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Transfer to packaging of choice.

When using in bath, add approximately 1 cup to running water in bath.

Lavender Milk Bath

Fill a tub with hot water, then add the above ingredients. Stir around. Soak and enjoy with candlelight and some relaxing music.

Itchy Cure Milk Bath

Mix together Lavender and Chamomile Flowers. Add Powdered Milk and Oatmeal, mix well. Stir in Dendritic Salt. Sprinkle with Lavender Essential Oil and mix well. Store mixture in large, decorated Mason Jars with an air tight lid.

Scoop a large handful of mixture in to a Muslin Bag to use. Tie the bag onto the faucet and then start your bath. Once your tub is full, allow the bag to float in the bath water so the goodness continues to seep out as you soak. After your bath, empty and wash the Muslin Bag. Set it aside to dry so you can use it for your next bath.

Simple Milk Bath Mix

Makes enough for a few baths. Combine ingredients make sure its completely mixed. Store in a container. When you are ready to add it to your bath, scoop the desired amount of the mixture and tie securely in a muslin bag or even a facecloth will do. Tie to the faucet allowing the warm water to run over the bag.

Egyptian Milk Bath

Makes 32 ounces (enough for one bath)

Combine ingredients in a large glass bowl or pitcher. Stir well to mix, then allow the mixture to rest 20 to 30 minutes. To use, draw a warm bath and pour the entire mixture into the bath water. Soak in the tub for at least 20 minutes. Rinse off the milk using clear, warm water. (You do not want it to sour on your skin!) Pat your skin dry, then moisturize well.

Demeter's Milk Bath

Mix equal parts of barely oatmeal with powdered milk, and store in a sealed glass jar. Use about 4 tablesoons tightly tied in a muslin bag, per one tub of warm water. If you wish, you may add an heb, such as mint.

Goat Milk Laveder Bath

Mix and store the following dried ingrients. Tie a handful into a wash cloth for each bath.

Waxing Moon Milk Bath

Mix into warm bath water:

Loving Lavender, Sweet Orarge, and Milk Bath

Fill your bathtub with with warm water and add:

Lustral Milk Bath

Per each bath, mix:

  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon each of dried lavender, vervain, fennel, sage, mint, rosemary, and hyssop, tied in a muslin bag
  • 1 pint of whole milk

    Love Bath

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