DONKEY’S MILK

DONKEY'S MILK

SOURCE OF YOUTH

In the world of beauty, donkey's milk is a source of youth known for millennia, and that we rediscover gradually. Donkey's milk is the closest to human breast milk, source of all beginnings. Nothing is more natural but also more universal and timeless.

Donkey's milk was already known to ancient civilizations. In 375 BC, the Greek physician Hippocrates recommended it for all sorts of problems (wound healing, poisoning, joint pain). Of course, there was Cleopatra VII, who was taking baths in donkey's milk. It is said she owned a herd of 300 jennies for this purpose. The Romans used it to prepare a luxury drink and beauty products. In fact, the world's oldest face cream was found by archaeologists in London in 2003. Its state of preservation, 2,000 years later, was outstanding. Fingerprints of the owner were still in the pot. Federico Nappo, a Pompeii expert in cosmetics, reminds us that the Romans used donkey's milk as a skin treatment. Pliny the Elder, in his "Natural History", describes how Poppea, Nero's wife, took her bath in donkey's milk (63 AD). And he describes its properties: It is believed that donkey's milk erases the facial wrinkles, makes the skin more delicate and maintains the whiteness.
Much later, Pauline, Napoleon Bonaparte's sister, is said to have used donkey's milk for skin care. In the 19th and 20th centuries, donkey's milk replaced milk in orphanages. In 1877, the Saint Vincent de Paul Hospital decided to set up a stable next to the dormitory for direct feeding of children. At that time, this beverage was also distributed in some large cities of France (Toulouse and Paris). Subsequently, donkey's milk was forgotten until a young farmer, in 1995, decided to resume its production in Ariège. Today, a small number of donkey's milk producers enable us to enjoy its beneficial effects.

Its virtues have survived the ages ...
the revival of natural and authentic products did the rest.

QUALITIES

But why is donkey's milk so good ? It is very different from the milk of ruminants that have multiple stomachs; their three-day digestion time oxidizes the fatty acids and vitamins. As humans, the donkey has a monogastric digestive system. Furthermore, due to digestion by fermentation, the milk of ruminants has a very high bacterial load; donkey's milk has enzymes (lysozyme and lactoferrin) which are powerful anti-microbial agents. Donkey's milk is very complete and very close to the woman's milk.

It is rich in vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, C, D, E), minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc...), trace elements and essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6). It contains a lot of retinol (vitamin A) which has a very significant wrinkle-fighting and tightening effect. Retinol also helps to accelerate healing and collagen production. We understand that it is especially effective on problem skin with eczema, acne or psoriasis. The skin regenerates more easily and thus eliminates impurities. Donkey's milk moisturizes and is recommended for early skin aging.

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