Chill that Pitta out. Now!


  • a good bathtub
  • 2-cup measuring cup


  • 1 gallon full-fat organic cow's milk
  • 1 c. rose water or rose hydrosol optional
  • 1-2 handfulls dried or fresh rose petals optional
  • a few drops rose essential oil optional


  • Assemble everything in your bathroom, and place it so that you can easily reach it from inside your bathtub.
  • Begin filling your tub with water that is a comfortable temperature.
  • Pour ~2 c. of the milk into your measuring cup.
  • Pour the milk slowly over your head and allow it to run down your body into the bath water. {You heard me.}
  • Continue pouring the milk into your measuring cup and then over your head until you have used it all up.
  • Set the milk jug and measuring cup aside. If you are using any or all of the rose items, add them to your bath water.
  • Luxuriate for as long as you want to. Your skin will really thank you later.
  • If you used rose petals, collect and discard them before opening up the drain.
  • Shampoo the milk out of your hair before you get out of the tub.


  • When you are ready to get out of the bath, remove and discard the rose petals before opening the drain.
  • You may have a strong release of heat after this bath, so give some time for transition between activities.
  • Avoid facial treatments for the entire day after your milk bath (ie: facials, waxing, laser hair removal, etc).
  • After your milk bath, you will be noticeably calmer and less stressed. 
Possible post-bath experiences include:
  • deep relaxation
  • sweating
  • red cheeks or face
  • tiredness
These are all signs that your body and nervous system are releasing excess heat. This is a good thing; it just might be intense for a little while.

Thanks to SVAyurveda and Chandika for the inspiration for this post.