Goat's milk is full of vitamins and minerals that are great for the body. It is often used as an alternative for to cow's milk or soy milk because of its good taste and extra nutrients. However, goat's milk has many applications other than just being poured over your cereal in the morning. Goat's milk can be used for cheeses, skin care products and even products for your four-legged friends.
Because of its taste, goat's milk is a natural cow milk's substitute to make cheeses. It is often known for the French word for goat, chevre. Unlike cow's milk cheeses, goat milk's cheeses do become soft when heated, but do not melt like their cow's milk counterparts. According to the 4-H Club, goat cheese has a higher level of protein than cow's milk cheese does. It also has a lower fat count making it a healthy cow's milk alternative. It can come in a number of flavors, including Jack, cheddar, feta or mozzarella. Goat milk cheese tends to be more mild and softer than cow's milk cheeses.
Skin Care Products
Goat's milk is a mild skin care alternative to many commercial products. Skin care products that contain goat's milk use lactic acid to exfoliate the skin. Products like soaps, lotions, milk baths, lip balms and body washes also contain vitamins that help with strengthening the skin. Because of the gentle nature of goat's milk, it is used in baby care products as well. There are baby wipes and even diaper rash ointments available.
According to Nature's Dog by Canus, goat's milk is a natural way to moisturize dog skin as well. Goat's milk is easily absorbed into the skin and helps quickly reduce the pH of the dog's skin, counteracting the effects of other commercial dog care products that do not include goat's milk. It is also helpful in treating dog hot spots. Products for your dog include shampoos in liquid and bar form as well as pet wipes that can be used to clean faces, paws or as a quick bath alternative when you do not have time to bathe your pet.