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Selasa, 01 Maret 2011

Sheep Milk Wonders

Milk has been used since ancient times as a natural cleanser and moisturizer. Natural fats and alpha-hydroxy acids in milk naturally moisturize. Sheep's milk is the most luxurious of all because it's higher in butterfat, proteins, vitamins A, B, and E, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium than cow or goats milk. Also, sheep's milk contains lactic acid (an alpha-hydroxy acid) a natural, gentle, exfoliant that leaves skin glowing and soft.


 








Composition of different kinds of milk
Species
% solids
% Fat
% protein
calcium (mg)
calories (kcal)
Human
12.5
4.38
1.03
32
70
Cow
12.01
3.34
3.29
119
69
Goat
12.97
4.14
3.56
134
69
Sheep
19.30
7.0
5.98
193
108
Source: The nutritional value of sheep milk by George F. W. Haenlein


Since sheep farming is relatively small scale in the U.S., sheep are typically more often grass-fed and receive more individual attention from shepherds compared to the average dairy farm. These farms sell small batch, hand-made sheep products such as sheep milk soap, lotion, and cheese with an emphasis on keeping ingredients simple and natural.

Where to find sheep milk products? Here are a few recommendations:

On the edge of Nebraska’s Sandhills, where cattle graze on rolling hills and corn grows in lush green fields, Bev Trew produces a unique commodity: soaps and lotions made from sheep milk. Products include soaps, lotions, milk baths, liquid soaps, shaving soaps, and milk baths. Scented and unscented version of soap and lotions are available. Lotions have shelf life of 1 year to allow minimal use of preservatives.

Ingredients:
Bar Soap: sheep milk, saponified oils (olive, sunflower, coconut, castor, and vegetable oil with lye)  fragrance, sugar, borax and glycerin.
Liquid Soap: Distilled water, sheep milk, saponified oils (sunflower, coconut oils)  borax, preservative and fragrance.
Lotion: Distilled Water, sheep milk, sunflower oil, glycerin, emulsifying wax, stearic acid, fragrance, and preservative
Milk Baths: Epson salts, baking soda,  powdered milk,  natursorb bath starch, fragrance.

Bar soaps are $5 for 4.2 oz. bar, liquid soaps are $5 for 4 oz., lotion is $9 for 8 oz., and milk baths are $7 for 2 baths worth. Shipping not included. Either order from a wide selection on the Shepherd's Dairy4Ewe website or find a limited selection on Ebay .

A historic farm in central Virginia with a goal to preserve heritage breeds of livestock, fruits, and vegetables as well as learning and teaching historic handcraft and natural farming methods. They offer a variety of scented and unscented sheep milk soap. Ingredients are simple: olive oil, sheep's milk, water, and lye.  $6 for a 4oz bar, $20 for 4 bars, plus shipping. They also sell through their store on Etsy.com.

The first licensed sheep dairy and cheese operation in Missouri, Stoney Acres does not use growth hormones. Also, sheep are grass-fed only except with supplemental grain feeding only during milking and lambing. They offer sheep milk soaps (Ewephoria) and sheep lotions (Ewe So Soft), as well as unscented shampoo bars. Soaps are $3.50 for 3.5 oz. bar, and lotions are a convenient travel size, 2.5 oz. for $3. Shipping not included.

Sheep Milk Wonders Rating: 4.5 Diposkan Oleh: Jesicca Rienzy

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