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      We do sell milk for pet consumption and for crafting purposes. $7/ gallon.

Farmer's Cheese recipe: Bring one gallon of raw goat's milk to 180 degrees, add 1/2 cup of lemon juice or vinegar (either kind), let curd up for a few minutes, drain through butter muslin (tea towel, cheesecloth), push all the whey out with a potato masher (spoon) and add 1 tsp of salt and/or spices to taste.

 If you are interested in trying out some goat products, we make our own soaps, lotions and lip balm (beeswax).  Please visit our sister site: www.logcabinnaturals.net

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                                                                                                              Goat Milk Lotion Benefits


 1.  MOISTURIZING. Use this lotion as a moisturizer. It is not greasy like storebought lotions, but rather soft and silky.  It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth to the touch. The moisturizing benefits of goat milk lotion far surpass that of commercial lotion because of the natural creams of goat milk.

 2. FACIAL MOISTURIZING. Use homemade goat milk lotion on your face as well as your whole body.  It is not harsh to the skin.

 3. SKIN NUTRITION. Use goat milk lotion because it is packed with vitamins and minerals!  How many lotions can offer your skin this? Goat milk lotion is enriched with high amounts of protein, fat, iron, vitamin A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and many more. These vitamins and minerals help slow down aging, help the skin rebuild, add elasticity, and help retain skin moisture. You will be doing your skin a favor by using this lotion on a daily basis.

 4. BUG BITES. Use this soap to soothe bug bites.  Just apply liberally to the bite and let it sit a bit.

 5.  ACNE TREATMENT. Use this lotion to treat acne.  Research shows that this lotion has a pH level similar to your skin along with other vitamins and minerals stated above.  This lotion also diminishes bacteria from the skin while keeping your skin moisturized at the same time.  Goat milk lotion is enriched with huge amounts of protein, fat, iron, vitamin A, B6, B12, C, D, E, copper and selenium. These beneficial nutrients will help replenish and pamper skin gently.  The vitamins it contains also means that goat milk has some anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce acne redness.  Besides its gentle calming effect, goat milk is also used widely to brighten skin's complexion.

 6.  PROTECTS SKIN.  Goat milk lotion has a pH level similar to human skin; therefore, goat milk lotion benefits the skin by protecting the skin from daily bacteria and chemical invasions.

 7.  SENSITIVE SKIN.  Handmade goat milk lotion benefits people with sensative skin because it doesn't contain additives like alcohol, petroleum, and preservatives, as do mass-produced, store bought lotions.  This reduces the risk of skin irritation and allergic reactions.

 8.  EXFOLIATION.  Goat milk lotion also contains alpha-hydroxy acids for exfoliation.

 9.  ECZEMA, PSORIASIS, KERATOSIS PILARIS.  Eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris, skin conditions resulting in red, itchy, skin patches, benefit from goat milk soap since the natural nutrients in goat milk moisturize skin and reduce redness, itchiness, and bumps in the skin.

 10.  ABSORPTION. The molecular structure of the proteins and fatty acids in goat milk are smaller and shorter that those of cow's milk, making it more easily absorbed into the skin.

  11.  PROBIOTICS.  Goat milk also contains probiotics, which are living micro-organisms that help protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet light.

Five good reasons to start using goat's milk soap

Delays signs of skin aging:

Goat's milk soap delays signs of skin again due to its high content of alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid. Alpha-hydroxy acids break down dead skin cell bonds, removing dead skin cells from the skin's surface and leaving behind new cells on the surface that appear smoother and more youthful.

Not a chemical counterfeit:

Water-based soaps on mainstream supermarket shelves use harsh chemical acids to break down dead skin cells. The lasting effect of chemical acids on the skin is more similar to a chemical "burn." Alpha hydroxyl acids found in goat's milk, work with skin instead of breaking it down and aging it further.

Anti-inflammatory properties:

Goat's milk reduces skin inflammation due to its fat molecule content. The cream present in goat's milk is a moisturizer, soothing dry and damaged skin, possessing an anti-inflammatory effect.

Loaded with essentials:

Goat's milk is packed full of essential nutrients and vitamins like vitamin D, C, B1, B6, B12, and E, that feed the skin and are absorbed into the body.

Treats acne:

Studies now show that goat's milk is effective for treating acne and skin conditions. This is primarily because goat's milk has anti-bacterial properties that delay the growth of microbial organisms that spur the spread of acne.
Avoid sodium lauryl sulfate
A 1983, a report from the Journal of The American College of Toxicology blamed sodium lauryl sulfate concentrations as low as 0.5 percent for causing skin irritation. Further studies showed that concentrations of 10-30 percent were found to cause severe skin corrosion. The "Household Products Directory" of the National Institutes of Health lists over 80 products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate with concentrations up to 30 percent. These high concentrations not only affect the skin's outer layers, but are absorbed into the biggest organ in the body, the skin, and stored in tissues.

Sodium laureth is now commonly used in place of sodium lauryl, but it can be even more dangerous. Laureth cannot effectively be removed from the liver. Laureth can be stored stored in tissues and promote toxicity for a person's entire lifetime, draining them of energy.

These chemical soaps are popular mainly because of price, but they aren't worth the negative, long-term draining of energy. Many consumers are finding it more important than ever to spend the extra dollar here and there to assure they have what is natural and pure, for their body and for the environment. Small farmers and manufacturers of all natural products are the future for a population which seeks to survive, healthily, happily.
                                                                                                                 Goat Milk vs. Cow Milk

Goat milk and cow milk are some of the healthiest beverages that are available today. But which one is better for you? Here is some information about goat milk and cow milk to help you decide which one to include in your diet.

Digestion

If you have a sensitive stomach then chances are that you find it difficult to digest cow's milk. This means that goat's milk may be a better choice for you. Goat's milk is much more digestible than cow's milk. For one thing, the size of the fat molecules found in goat's milk are only a fraction of the size of the fat globules found in cow's milk. This means that the fat molecules in goat's milk are broken down easily. Another reason why goat's milk is better for digestion is the fact that goat's milk contains a higher amount of medium chain triglycerides or MCT's. MCT's assist in speeding up your metabolism and can also help lower your cholesterol levels.

Lactose Intolerance And Allergies

If you are lactose intolerant and unable to drink cow's milk then there is a 50% chance that you will be able to tolerate goat's milk. Goat's milk contains less lactose than cow's milk. Goat's milk is also recommended if you are allergic to cow's milk. Your allergy is likely caused by a certain protein found in cow milk called alpha S1 casein protein. Both human milk and goat milk lacks this protein.

Nutritional Content

The fact that goat's milk is more similar to human breast milk than any other food already proves how nutritious it is. One of its advantages over cow milk is its vitamin A content. Even though cow milk also contains vitamin A, it is often in the form of carotenoids. Carotenoids need to be converted by your body before they can become vitamin A. When you drink goat milk, the vitamin A is readily formed so it can be immediately absorbed by the body. This is an important benefit especially if you have a health condition that prevents your body from converting carotenoids to vitamin A.
Goat milk also has a higher content of riboflavin than cow milk. Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, is an important vitamin which helps in the metabolism of other minerals such as proteins and carbohydrates. It also strengthens your immune system by stimulating the production of antibodies. Surprisingly, goat milk also contains more protein and calcium than cow milk.

Biorganic Sodium

Aside from being nutritionally superior to cow milk, goat milk is also one of the best sources of biorganic sodium. This mineral assists in the production of important enzymes in the stomach. Therefore, lack of biorganic sodium can lead to digestive problems, bloating and even ulcers. Unfortunately, today's modern diet is full of foods that can deplete your body of the necessary biorganic sodium. If you regularly consume processed foods, alcohol, soda, sweets and other junk food, then you should make sure that your biorganic sodium intake compensates for these unhealthy choices. Making goat milk a regular part of your diet is one of the easiest ways you can do this. 

Benefits of Goat Milk vs. Cow Milk
by Dr. Thomas Cooke on August 20, 2010
 
Happy free range goats.

“Milk, it does a body good.” This was the marketing mantra employed by the cow industry in the 1980’s to boost interest in cow’s milk. The campaign was wildly successful and as a result, The Dairy Farmers of America have reported sales topping 11 billion dollars in 2007. But does the overwhelming popularity of cow’s milk in the United States signify that it really is the best? Should we assume that quantity equates quality when referring to a substance that is such an integral part of our food supply? Interestingly enough, when worldwide consumption of milk is taken into account, it is not cow’s milk that is most popular but goat’s milk.
In fact 65% of the milk consumption worldwide is from goat’s milk, and this popularity hasn’t come about due to high profile marketing campaigns or big-budget advertisements.
The reasons for the worldwide popularity of goat’s milk are multifaceted. First, we need to remind ourselves that “All milk is not created equal.” The differences between cow’s milk and goat’s milk may not seem apparent upon first examination. A closer look, however, reveals several key factors that play an integral part in how milk (from either cows or goats) matches up with the human body in its various stages. All humans have been created to be sustained entirely upon mothers’ milk for at least the first six months of life. There is no other food in the world better than mothers’ milk, and it truly shows both in the laboratory and the real world. But what about after these first few months are over, and one is faced with the rest of life? Why would someone choose goat’s milk products over the far more popular and accessible cow’s milk?

Here are 5 reasons goat milk is better than cow milk.
1. Goat’s milk is less allergenic.
2. Goat’s milk is naturally homogenized.
3. Goat’s milk is easier to digest.
4. Goat’s milk rarely causes lactose intolerance.
5. Goat’s milk matches up to the human body better than cow’s milk.

1. Goat milk is less allergenic.
 
In the United State the most common food allergy for children under three is cow’s milk. Mild side effects include vomiting, diarrhea, and skin rashes and severe effects can be as serious as anaphylactic shock! Needless to say it is a serious condition. The allergic reaction can be blamed on a protein allergen known as Alpha s1 Casein found in high levels in cow’s milk. The levels of Alpha s1 Casein in goat’s milk are about 89% less than cow’s milk providing a far less allergenic food.  In fact a recent study of infants allergic to cow’s milk found that nearly 93% could drink goat’s milk with virtually no side effects!1

2. Goat’s milk is naturally homogenized.
 
If you were to place both a glass of fresh cow’s milk as well as fresh goat’s milk in the refrigerator overnight, the next morning you would find that while the goat’s milk looks exactly the same, the cow’s milk has separated into two distinct ‘phases’ of cream on the top and skim milk on the bottom. This is a natural separation process that is caused by a compound called agglutinin and it will always cause the cow’s milk to separate. As Americans, we like everything neat and tidy and so to get the milk to the consumer in a uniform manner, the dairy industry utilizes a process called homogenization. This method works by forcing the fluid milk through a tiny hole under tremendous pressure which destroys the fat globule cell wall and allows the milk and cream to stay homogeneous or suspended and well mixed.
The problem with such homogenization is that once the cell wall of the fat globule has been broken, it releases a superoxide (free radical) known as Xanthine Oxidase. (see picture) Now free radicals cause a host of problems in the body not the least of which is DNA mutations which often lead to cancer! Thus, the benefit of natural homogenization comes into clear view. Goat’s milk has smaller fat globules and does not contain agglutinin which allows it to stay naturally homogenized thus eliminating the dangers associated with homogenization.

3. Goat’s milk is easier to digest.

Goat’s milk has smaller fat globules as well as higher levels of medium chain fatty acids. This means that during digestion, each fat globule and individual fatty acid will have a larger surface-to-volume ratio resulting in a quicker and easier digestion process. Also, when the proteins found in milk denature (clump up) in the stomach, they form a much softer bolus (curd) than cow’s milk. This allows the body to digest the protein more smoothly and completely than when digesting cow’s milk.

4. Goat’s milk rarely causes lactose intolerance.

 All milk contains certain levels of lactose which is also known as ‘milk sugar.’ A relatively large portion of the population suffers from a deficiency (not an absence) of an enzyme known as lactase which is used to, you guessed it, digest lactose. This deficiency results in a condition known as lactose intolerance which is a fairly common ailment. (Lactose intolerance and cow’s milk allergy (cma) are two distinct conditions. CMA is due to a protein allergen, while lactose intolerance is due to a carbohydrate sensitivity.)
Goat’s milk contains less lactose than cow’s milk and therefore is easier to digest for those suffering from lactose intolerance. Now the interesting aspect to consider is that goat’s milk isn’t much lower than cow’s milk (contains about 10% less than cow’s milk) and yet, countless lactose intolerant patients are able to thrive on goat’s milk. Although the answer for this is unclear, it has been hypothesized that since goat’s milk is digested and absorbed in a superior manner, there is no “leftover” lactose that remains undigested which causes the painful and uncomfortable effects of lactose intolerance.

5. Goat’s milk matches up to the human body better than cow’s milk.

 This matter is both an issue of biochemistry as well as thermodynamics. Regarding the biochemistry of the issue, we know that goat’s milk has a greater amount of essential fatty acids such as linoleic and arachidonic acid than cow’s milk as well as significantly greater amounts of vitamin B-6, vitamin A, and niacin. Goat’s milk is also a far superior source of the vitally important nutrient potassium which we discussed in a previous High Road to Health issue. This extensive amount of potassium causes goat’s milk to react in an alkaline way within the body whereas cow’s milk is lacking in potassium and ends up reacting in an acidic way.
Thermodynamically speaking, goat’s milk is better for human consumption. A baby usually starts life at around 7-9 pounds, a baby goat (kid) usually starts life at around 7-9 pounds, and a baby cow (calf) usually starts life at around 100 pounds. Now speaking from a purely thermodynamic position, these two animals have very significant and different nutritional needs for both maintenance and growth requirements. Cow’s milk is designed to take a 100 pound calf and transform it into a 1200 pound cow. Goat’s milk and human milk were both designed and created for transforming a 7-9 pound baby/kid into an average adult/goat of anywhere between 100-200 pounds. This significant discrepancy, along with many others, is manifesting on a national level as obesity rates sky rocket in the U.S.
To conclude, we have seen that goat’s milk has several attributes that cause it to be a far superior choice to cow’s milk. Goat’s milk is less allergenic, naturally homogenized, easier to digest, lactose intolerant friendly, and biochemically/thermodynamically superior to cow’s milk. As if these benefits were not enough, Mt. Capra’s goat’s milk products do not contain any growth hormones or antibiotics that massive cow dairies have come to rely upon to turn a profit! So to sum up and paraphrase the cow industry catchphrase: “Goat Milk: It Does a Body Good!