Donkey milk is the most hypoallergenic milk (1) out of all animal milks and is the one closest to human breast milk in its composition. Donkey milk is high in amino acids (2) and antimicrobial proteins (3), which is why it’s so beneficial to skin conditions such as eczema.
Donkey milk has been given since Egyptian times to babies and children with allergies (2). Cleopatra bathed in donkey milk as she believed it helped keep her skin soft the youthful.
Donkey milk has been used throughout history as both an ointment and drunk to help heal a host of reactive skin conditions including eczema.
During the Renaissance period the first scientific studies on the skin benefits of donkey milk proved its effects. Napoleon’s sister used Donkey milk for her sensitive skin.
More recently laboratories are developing donkey milk extracts for skin creams to benefit dry and irritated skin conditions including eczema (4).
The vitamin C content in donkey milk is almost four times more of cow’s milk. Donkey milk also contains more lactoferrin and lysozyme than cow’s milk. For this reason it can help skin prone to eczema and helps calm skin irritation.
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2. Composition, Physiochemical Properties, Nitrogen Fraction Distribution, and Amino Acid Profile of Donkey Milk
Journal of Dairy Science April 2007 Volume 90, Issue 4, Pages 1635–1643
3. Antimicrobial effect of donkeys’ milk digested in vitro with human gastrointestinal enzymes
International Dairy Journal Volume 21, Issue 3, March 2011, Pages 158-165
4. Use of Donkey Milk in Cases of Cow’s Milk Protein Allergies
International Journal of Child Health and Nutrition, 2015, 4, 174-17 9