Go(a)t Milk?  Now what?

And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk [that] they shall give he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the land.   Isaiah 7:22

 And [thou shalt have] goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and [for] the maintenance for thy maidens.  Proverbs 27:27

The laws concerning the sale of milk in Ohio are very restrictive, so in an attempt to make our herd self-sustaining, I am venturing into making good use of the abundance of milk here by producing goat-milk soap.  I have been using our home-made soap here at home, refining my recipes and will have some available for the summer of 2009 to interested buyers.  

Goat milk soap is loaded with vitamins and nutrients.  It has been purported to help with various skin disorders and skin allergies.   Cleopatra is said to have bathed in goat milk to maintain her beautiful complexion.  Just having the knowledge that my family is able to cleanse themselves without the worry that they are using dangerous chemicals on their bodies is enough for me.

I have been concerned about the commercial products that my family uses for years and have researched many of the ingredients that most soaps and shampoos contain.  It is alarming to see that many companies use ingredients known to adversely affect the human endocrine system and consequentially causing hormonal problems.  In a world that is polluted and a society that is in the habit of producing and using products loaded with phytoestrogens and chemicals, it is imperitive that we become aware of what we are putting directly into and onto our bodies.  We have all felt better physically since switching to my homemade, fragrance-free soaps made from fresh whole goat milk and other food grade oils.  My dream is to make  completely organic soaps and shampoo bars  and I am searching for quality ingredients and essential oils so that there is never a doubt about the true ingredients and their safety.