Fun fact: did you know, before she became known as the beauty queen of Egypt, Cleopatra would don a fake beard and was a respected Pharaoh? Even with her fake beard and masculine clothes no one can deny the influence her beauty had on Egypt, Rome, and beyond.
People do a lot of things to look like the Egyptian version of Helen of Troy, one of which is Cleopatra’s Bath Milk.
Cleopatra’s bath milk is unpasteurised or “raw” cows milk that hasn't gone through a heat treating process. It is as natural as milk can get, straight from the animal! Interestingly, this raw milk has many purported benefits.
The lactic acid in milk which is retained without heat treating is believed to have exfoliating and moisturising properties. It works simultaneously to strip away dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin underneath, which can leave the skin feeling soft, elastic and shining.
Despite its exfoliating properties, it is also great to soothe eczema, sunburn and rash irritation because of its fat content! These natural, un-treated fats soothe irritation, reduce inflammation and also make a home for the other amazing benefits of bath milk: the huge amounts of vitamin A, vitamin D and calcium. With enough soaking, these vitamins can sink deep into the skin and nourish the body from the inside out. All you have to do to enjoy the benefits of Cleopatra’s bath milk is have a spa day at home! Fill up a bath and add cleopatra’s bath milk to it (a few cups worth so the water is a pale, almost translucent white is enough), hop in and relax until the water goes cold. You can also use it as a foot soak, face wash or to rinse your hair (so long as you use shampoo and conditioner as normal afterward).
Okay, but what is it really for?
To be clear, Cleopatra’s bath milk is sold for cosmetic use only under Queensland legislation. Cleopatra’s bath milk is unpasteurised and untreated and thus classified as unsafe for consumption. Unpasteurised milk can contain bacteria, viruses and cause illnesses and has been linked to E. coli, tuberculosis, polio and campylobacter.
Despite this, many people believe drinking raw milk contains many benefits for humans.
Preservation of Nutrients:
Raw milk retains more of its natural nutrients and enzymes, as pasteurisation can destroy some of these components. Advocates for raw milk suggest these nutrients are more easily accessible to humans in this form and can boost gut, brain and general health.
Some who suffer from lactose intolerance have found that drinking raw milk is easier to digest without intolerance symptoms. They argue that the enzymes present in raw milk aid in digestion.
Alleged Health Benefits:
Fans of raw milk claim it has amazing health benefits such as improved immune function, reduced allergies, and relief from certain conditions like asthma and eczema. It is important to note that no scientific evidence or studies exist which back up these claims. It is anecdotal evidence as much naturopath / homeopathic medicine is.
Ultimately, we are selling Cleopatra’s bath milk as a cosmetic product as per the requirements of Queensland legislation. You can enjoy this unique and natural product in your home and continue to enjoy your favourite drinking milk. Pasteurised milk still contains many amazing benefits including vitamins, fats, calcium, and is super filling for the days when you’re always hungry.
Come to Sunshine Coast Organic Meats for all your dairy including milk, cheese and chocolate, and enjoy a coffee on us!