I am constantly amazed at the healing properties that breast milk has to offer. There is overwhelming scientific evidence proving that the Benefits of Breastfeeding are numerous for both mom and her child. However, did you also know that breast milk has other medicinal uses besides nourishing your infant? The abundant antibodies present in breast milk have shown to kill eye infections, ear infections, heal burns, eczema, and most fascinating even kill cancer cells, as was proven in a recent study done at the University of Gothenburg published on Science Daily. How fascinating to know that this amazing substance that our bodies produce has the potential to be, or rather already is, the “Wonder Drug” of the future!
As the summer months approach, and the season of sunny outdoor activities commence, so does the season of sunburns, allergies, and eczema aggravated by heat. For people who suffer from these frustrating conditions, the season of sunshine and water can prove to be a season of misery from itchy, dry, scaly skin. Medicine often provides solutions for these pesky skin conditions through the use of antihistamines, steroids, or topical numbing creams whose side effects may prove worse then the original ailment. It can seem to be an expensive cycle of unending relief.
If you suffer from the above listed ailments, I have hope for you. New research has proven that breast milk, made into a lotion, is the latest alternative form of treatment for eczema, psoriasis, sunburns and itchy dry skin. Although the idea of rubbing breast milk on your skin may seem a bit unconventional, it is proving to be a safe and sometime superior treatment to other medicinal options. The antibodies found in breast milk will help aid in the onset of infection that can be secondary to persistent scratching. Breast milk lotion may not be for everyone, but for those who have tried everything with no avail, I hope you find some form of relief in the below recipe.
BREAST MILK LOTION
3 ounces of breastmilk
3 ounces oil (grapeseed oil for sensitive skin)
1 tablespoon of beeswax
a few drops of Vitamin E oil
optional: add essential oils for therapy/scent
Microwave the oil and beeswax slowly just until the beeswax melts, approximately 3 minutes.
Add the Vitamin E oil and slowly pour in the room temperature breastmilk while whisking rapidly until it thickens
(you can use an immersion blender to mix if preferred)
Pour into shallow jars or lotion tubs. It will continue to thicken as it cools. Refrigerate and use for up to 3 months.
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