Queen Esther Bath Milk

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“In the twelve months before her turn to go to King Xerxes, each young woman received beauty treatments with oil of myrrh for six months.” Esther 2:12a

I’ve done research on beauty treatments used in the ancient Middle East and Mediterranean. Almost all included the use of essential oils (myrrh, frankincense, spikenard, etc). Some also utilized fatty oils like olive or almond, or honeys. And some women like Cleopatra used milk products, like “asses’ milk”.

Hard pass on the last one. I don’t have any friends with donkeys.

This bath milk (using coconut milk) was a spur of the creative moment invention. I was having a rough day, I had not had a day off in two months, and thought ‘you know, what would a queen do? How would a queen relax?’ Boom. This recipe was born.

I have a hard time sitting in a bath because my mind is always racing and its too much sitting still doing nothing. This time, I didn’t want to budge. Myrrh is incredible, and for your skin it is one of the most brilliant oils. I mixed the myrrh with some frankincense and lavender to boost myrrh’s natural constituencies (whoa, science!). The coconut milk keeps your skin soft and hydrated, and sweet almond oil helps lock down moisture without clogging pores (smaller lipid molecules than coconut oil).

Quick note for usage - keep this in the fridge for up to two weeks. Coconut milk is perishable. I recommend mixing it up the day before giving it as a gift and let your person know they deserve pampering ASAP.

Queen Esther Bath Milk
makes enough for one use

  • 1 tbs. sweet almond oil

  • 5 drops of myrrh essential oil

  • 2 drops of frankincense essential oil

  • 4 drops of lavender essential oil

  • organic coconut milk - about 1/2 cup. It’s to fill the bottle up.

  • 1 glass bottle with a tight screw-on top so it doesn’t pour all over.

Mix your almond and essential oils into the glass bottle. You may need a funnel. Top off with coconut milk. Gently tip the bottle to mix the oils and milk together. Don’t shake it like a bartender making a cocktail; gently tip it back and forth to mix. When ready to use, pour into a warm bath and enjoy, ya majesty!

Samantha Bossalini