The medical use of donkey milk has a history of over 5500 years. For thousands of years, donkey milk has been known by people for its nutritional values and properties from beauty products. In ancient Egypt, people put donkey milk in medicinal herbs to make medicine especially for children that could be used orally and externally. In fact, Hippocrates, as known as the Father of Western Medicine from ancient Greek, once said that donkey milk could be widely used in treatments for multiple diseases including food poisoning and arthritis. It could also be used to heal cuts and wounds.
Later, the Romans realised that donkey milk was useful in many ways. It was also considered as a symbol of nobility at that time. Women bathed with donkey milk and they started to use it to make skincare products such as extracting essence from donkey milk to make beauty masks themselves. Cleopatra VII Philopator, known to history simply as Cleopatra, the Pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt, raised a large amount of donkeys so she could take daily baths in donkey’s milk. Poppaea Sabina, an Empress of the Roman Empire, was also famous for bathing in donkey milk.
Donkey milk is pure white in colour, smoother than milk from cows, which is known as a precious milk product in the nutrition field. It has a low fat content so it tastes sweeter. Donkey milk’s cholesterol content is only a fifth of milk from cows. It is organic, naturally low in fat and cholesterol and has a high nutrition value. Selenium is an element essential for human development and growth, and donkey milk has this element content 5.2 times higher than the milk from cows.
Donkey milk is rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements and essential fatty acids (Omega-6). Omega-6 naturally softens and moisturises the skin, helps to absorb vitamins from donkey milk. The minerals cleanse the skin, remove dead skin and help the growth of cells. Vitamins A, B2, C and E in donkey milk have anti-oxidising properties, which can delay skin aging.