Milk has always been valued as one of the most nutritious and complete foods that exist. This is due to its content of proteins, carbohydrates, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamins A, C and B12, among other nutrients. We tell you which are the most famous home remedies with milk and whether or not they have scientific endorsement.
Some specialists point out that it would be more beneficial for infants than adults, since upon reaching maturity it is increasingly common to suffer from lactose intolerance, due to a deficiency in the enzyme responsible for digesting this substance. Also, milk is high in fat, which could make it difficult to digest.
However, various studies, such as one published in Food and Nutrition in 2016, argue that the consumption of milk and milk derivatives would help protect the body against some chronic diseases.
Milk would help us prevent diseases such as rickets, arthritis and demineralization. Therefore, we can consume it in a balanced way whenever we notice that it feels good to us.
However, milk is also attributed some properties that range from helping to fall asleep to its topical application to improve various skin conditions. Here we tell you what these supposed benefits are and whether or not they have a scientific basis.
Home remedies with milk for health
Milk would have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, mainly because it is a source of vitamins (A, B, D3, E). In fact, a study from 2017 has suggested that dairy lipids have a putative bioactivity on chronic inflammation, that is, they help reduce it.
While there is no specific research on the topical use of milk against acne, natural medicine uses it to help relieve the appearance of pimples and boils.
To do this, it would be enough to take a bowl of warm milk and soak a slice of bread. Afterwards, we would take a piece and apply it on the boil, keeping it there until it cools.
When we have trouble falling asleep, one of the most common and heard recommendations is: drink a glass of warm milk before sleeping. This is due to its content of tryptophan, a substance that would act as a painkiller for the body.
Remedy for sunburn and insect bites
Despite not finding scientific evidence to prove its efficiency, we could not fail to mention among the home remedies with milk its use to relieve the burning of burns and insect bites. These are believed to be due to their pH values.
To do this, it would be enough to mix a tablespoon of powdered milk with two tablespoons of water and a pinch of salt. Then we would rub this paste on the affected areas. Remember: for any worrisome bite, you should see a doctor.
Some people claim that sipping a cup of hot milk with a teaspoon of ground black pepper helps relieve asthma symptoms. However, there are no conclusive data in this regard. Therefore, in case of asthma, go to your doctor and follow his recommendations.
Properties of milk for beauty
Used since ancient times, when Cleopatra bathed in milk to stay young, milk is considered a kind of beauty tonic. Its properties are supposed to be due to lactic acid, and the oligopeptides that provide us with antioxidants, which help fight premature aging.
It is worth clarifying that the masks that we share below do not have medical endorsement, therefore they should be used with caution and moderation. Keep in mind that natural ingredients can also cause allergic reactions. Before any symptoms, consult your doctor.
Mask for oily skin
This mask is supposed to soften the inconveniences of oily skin. To do this, we would put in the blender a little less than half a glass of skim milk, a ripe tomato and a tablespoon of cornstarch.
The mixture should be thick enough to be able to apply it to our face for at least half an hour. Then we would rinse ourselves with cold water.
Milk mask for normal skin
In this case, we would put half a cup with powdered milk mixed with a little water, enough to make a thick paste. We would also apply it for 20 minutes or half an hour and afterwards, we would clean ourselves with warm water.
Mask for dry skin
In this case, we would use a little less than half a glass of milk, an apple and a tablespoon of cornstarch. We would take it to the blender and, when we got a thick mixture, we would apply it for half an hour.
Remedy for puffy eyes
For this, we would use cold and skimmed milk. It is important that it is skim. It is believed that soaking some cottons in it and placing them over the eyes would give us immediate relief.
Hair conditioning remedy
You may know of other types of conditioners, such as olive oil or vinegar, but this is a really nice one. To do this, once we have washed our hair and we have it wet, we could apply a glass of milk and let it act for about five minutes. Afterwards, we would rinse again.
As always, we remind you that natural remedies are not infallible and many times, they do not have scientific validity. In addition, they can cause allergic reactions. If you have any discomfort, go to your trusted dermatologist.