Goat milk is not only beneficial for the body but for the skin as well. DIY a goat milk body butter to keep your skin healthy, soft, and glowing always!
Goat mil accounts for almost 65-70% of dairy consumption all across the world. People prefer goat milk over any other animal milk because it is thicker and creamier. Besides, goat milk offers a myriad of health benefits that include easy digestion, lesser milk allergy risks, and better heart health. Goat milk is home to many proteins, healthy fats, vitamins, and/or other nutrients that are essential for the human body. Furthermore, it has a high calcium content that makes it the perfect choice to avoid arthritis in old age. Not to mention that the calcium content of goat milk will keep the teeth stronger too. With all these nutrients and benefits, it gives more energy to young kids and aids in their physical growth.
Chemical Composition of Goat Milk
Goat’s milk comprises 77-80% of the water of which 20-23% are total solids. These solids therein comprise of:
- 3-3.5% fat
- 3-3.5% protein
- 4-6% carbohydrates such as lactose
- Minerals as crucial as calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, and Magnesium
Goat milk contains sugar and oligosaccharide fractions as well. Besides, in comparison, goat milk contains 13% or less lactose than Cow’s milk. It has more vitamins A and B than in cow milk.
Goat Milk Benefits for Skin
The presence of triglycerides and fatty acids in goat’s milk makes it an excellent choice for use on the skin. Following are some of the benefits of goat milk body butter.
1. pH Level Balance
The pH level of goat milk is almost the same as the human skin, therefore the natural acids of the milk don’t cause an imbalance in the skin. A pH imbalance in the skin can lead to flakiness and inflammation. Hence, if you have sensitive skin or if you’re suffering from skin diseases like psoriasis or eczema, goat milk can come in handy!
2. No Premature Aging
Goat milk is rich in Vitamin A, C, and E and powerful antioxidants, which makes it effective against premature aging. Besides, it eliminates dead skin layers from the skin and keeps your skin looking fresh and glowing all the time.
3. Moisturizing Properties
The skin absorbs goat milk as soon as you apply it, this helps in balancing the moisture of the skin and keeping it well-hydrated. Besides hydrating the skin, goat milk’s anti-bacterial properties aid in keeping blemishes and acne at bay as well.
4. Reduces Itchiness
Due to the gentle nature of goat milk and its anti-inflammatory properties, it prevents dryness and itchiness of the skin. This in turn keeps the skin healthy, soft, and supple.
Goat Milk Body Butter
Follow the below simple recipes to make goat milk body butter at home to reap the multiple benefits that it has to offer for your skin!
Recipe – 1
- 1 cup of goat’s milk
- ½ cup shea butter
- ¼ cup of coconut oil
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- 20-25 drops of essential oil
- A few drops of preservative (optional)
- Take a medium-sized saucepan and fill it about half full with water and bring it to a boil.
- Once the water is boiling, place the glass bowl in it to create a double boiler.
- Place the shea butter and coconut oil in the glass bowl and stir it continuously till it melts.
- Once the ingredients melt, remove the bowl from the saucepan.
- Add the goat’s milk into the bowl and stir.
- Set the glass bowl aside to cool for about 30 minutes.
- Use a hand mixer to whip the shea butter, coconut oil, and goat milk.
- Once you achieve a butter-like consistency, add the olive oil and essential oils.
- Whip the mixture again and transfer the body butter into a glass jar. You may or may not add a few drops of preservatives, it’s optional. But the use of preservatives would increase the shelf life of the body butter.
Recipe – 2
- 10.2 Oz Distilled Water
- 10.2 Oz Raw Goat Milk
- 1.2 Oz Emulsifying Wax
- 2.7 Oz Coconut Oil
- .8 Oz Almond Oil
- 1.2 Oz Shea Butter
- .3 oz Optiphen
- .2 Oz Essential Oils
- Combine coconut oil, almond oil, and shea butter in a pot.
- Heat them until all the ingredients melt properly.
- To the melted oil mixture, add the emulsifying wax.
- Heat everything again until the wax melts.
- After all the ingredients melt, remove the pot from the heat.
- Combine the oil and wax mixture with the goat milk and water.
- Blend everything with an immersion blender for about 4-5 minutes.
- Add optiphen and the essential oils.
- Blend the mix for an additional minute.
- Pour it into the jar container.
How to Use Body Butter?
- Scoop out a small dollop of your prepared goat milk body butter.
- Using soothing, circular motions, massage the body butter into the skin.
- Do not rub the body butter too hard on the skin.
- Let the skin absorb the body butter before you wear your clothes.
Benefits of Goat Milk
1. Digestible Protein
Unlike other milk such as Cow or soy milk, the protein content in goat milk is higher. This protein is more digestible; hence, the body can easily digest more milk without the risk of any gastrointestinal issues.
2. Less Milk-Related Allergies
Few people may be allergic to cow milk, but it has been found that goat milk does not trigger any milk-related allergies. Therefore, people put their trust more in goat milk when it comes to ruling out allergies.
3. Regulated Cholesterol Levels
Goat milk helps people with high blood cholesterol levels as it aids in regulating it for good. It helps to reduce the cholesterol in the arteries and gallbladder, thereby improving the overall health of the person.
4. Beneficial for Lactose Intolerant People
As mentioned earlier, goat’s milk is low in milk sugar or lactose in comparison with Cow’s milk. Hence, lactose-intolerant people can drink regulated amounts of goat milk without worrying about reactions.
5. Contains A2 protein
The goat’s milk mainly contains ‘A2 casein‘. This makes it comparable to human breast milk in terms of protein. Furthermore, the presence of A2 casein does not cause any inflammatory diseases, such as colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.
6. Prevents Arteriosclerosis
Goat milk helps to prevent arteriosclerosis. This is because it contains a limited amount of the enzyme, xanthine oxidase which can cause heart issues on entering the bloodstream.
7. Better Than Cow Milk
When compared with cow milk, goat milk has a higher calcium content and contains more minerals than cow’s milk. Goat milk has 33% of the daily recommended value in comparison to 28% present in Cow’s milk.
8. Fatty Acid Composition
Goat’s milk contains medium-chain fatty acids (30–35% compared to 15–20% in Cow’s milk). These acids can boost energy in the body and are not stored as fat.
Goat milk has a myriad of benefits to offer for the skin as well as the human body, that’s why more and more people are trusting goat milk over cow milk. DIY these goat milk body butter recipes at home to better your skin health and include it in your skincare regime. Besides, include goat milk in your diet plan too for overall health betterment!