Ass’s milk is a rare and precious good, its qualities being recognized since antiquity.

It was always told that Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, took her bath in ass’s milk, wanting to keep her beauty and the flexibility of its skin. Each bath required the draft of some 300 she-asses.

What Cleopatra did not know is why the effect of milk was so beneficial. Its composition, very near to human milk, is rich in essential nutritive elements and oligoelements, present of the properties of restoration and renewal, bringing a greater elasticity and vitality which bring a young and fresh skin.

This milk has been long used in food, as a substitution milk. Doctor Parrot, responsible of the Hôpital des Enfants Assistés, published in the Bulletin Officiel de Médecine, 1882 the following: «The installations of the she-asses must be maintained, quite ventilated, cleaned and contiguous with the dormitories of the children; the she-asses, correctly treated, let the babies be nourished, their anatomy adjusting themselves with the mouth of the latter. The nurse sat near the she-ass and takes the baby, pressing slightly from time to time to make easier the exit of milk. The children nourish 5 times the day and 2 times during the night; a she-ass can nourish three 5 month old children.».

Ass’s milk is still consumed as substitution in several Italian orphanages, or with children reacting to lactose.

Qualities of the ass's milk are also recognized in medicine, already used by Greeks and Romans. Recently, a group of Indian researchers allotted other qualities to milk, in particular that to restore the human immunizing system, producing a report with the title: «A cure from donkey’s milk? Immune-stimulants in milk could provide cure for cancer, TB also», published in the Indian Journal of Medical Sciences, November 1999.

At the present, the most common use is the cosmetic industry, milk making part of the composition of soaps and creams for body and face.


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