If you’re newish to witchcraft or folk magick, you may have heard of milk baths, but what exactly are they are when should you do them? They are a type of ritual bath, but can be just as varied as any other type of ritual bathing practice.
What is a Milk Bath?
It’s exactly what it sounds like. But, it can be as simple as literally just adding milk to a bath, or it can be as complex as warming milk with essential oils, plants, honey, flowers, and more for specific purposes.
Milk added to your bath softens your skin and just feels good, so you can take a milk for no other reason than you deserve some self-care time. However, milk baths have also been used in many folk magick practices across the world for things like:
- honoring a specific deity
- love spells
How to Take a Milk Bath
First, this is simply a general guide, but, if you’ve been reading my posts for a bit, you know I’m an intuitive eclectic witch and if something feels right or you want to make changes based on your own intuitive practice, please don’t think that’s wrong!
At a minimum, you’ll need at least a cup of milk and a hot bath. What kind of milk is up to you, though. If you are vegan, I cannot personally speak to whether plant-based milks have the same magickal or spiritual properties as animal-based milks, so I don’t feel like I’m the right person to give you guidance on that.
If you are a vegan and take milk baths often with plant-based milks and would like to chime in, please let me know, I’m happy to share your personal experiences here.
Some people heat the milk first, but if your bathwater is hot enough, a cup of cold or room temp milk will not be a big deal.
Besides cow milk, I have known people to use other milks based on cultural or specific magickal practices, to include (but not limited to): goat milk, sheep milk, camel milk, donkey milk, and even human breast milk.
After adding the milk, you’ll want to completely submerge at least once, so all surfaces of your body are covered. Soak for as long as you want.
Things You Can Add to a Milk Bath
This is not exhaustive, but just some ideas to get you thinking of ways to level up your milk bath:
- warm the milk with honey and add rose petals for a sweet love spell
- warm the milk and add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for things like money-drawing, happiness, luck, and so on
- milk baths or ‘white baths’ are commonly used in some Afro-Caribbean practices to honor or make requests of Obatala; usually these are done over the course of 8 days
- goat milk is associated with the goat’s fertility, tenacity, and many Pagan deities
- sheep milk may be a better symbolic option if you’re seeking an outcome that deals with peace, calm, and blessings
- cows have many spiritual associations across the globe, so if you follow a particular path or symbolism is important to your path, consider how cows are viewed in that practice and what specific benefit they may bring
- add oatmeal to your milk bath soothe and calm irritated skin
- fresh flowers, based on associations for your intended outcome (love, money, career, happiness, healing, banishing, protection, etc)
Above all, use your imagination. Your intent and will is far more powerful than anything else you can use. As long as your chosen milk bath has meaning to you, its effective!