About Donkey's Milk

a. From yesterday to today.

Ever since the donkey was domesticated, many centuries ago, people have drunk donkey milk for its beneficial properties. And over this time, it has been drunk by a variety of people for a variety of purposes. For one, donkey milk was drunk to strengthen babies and the sick. Later, some of the most beautiful women of antiquity used donkey milk for cosmetic purposes. Indeed, legend has it that both Cleopatra, the famous queen of Egypt, and Poppaea Sabina, the wife of Emperor Nero, bathed daily in donkey milk to give their skin radiance and youth. And in more modern times, records show that the Austrian Empress Sissy and Josephine Bonaparte also used donkey milk to beautify their skin. Today, donkey milk continues to be used by communities around the world. In medical fields, given that donkey milk is closer to human milk than cow or goat milk, it has become a popular alternative to human breast milk for babies. In fact, in Germany and Italy it is commonly given to premature babies. Donkey milk, with its balanced nutritional properties, is a wonderful source of strength and energy for people of all ages.
The donkey farm, L’ Asinerie du Pays des Collines, in the Belgian countryside produces some of the finest donkey milk in the world. It is located in the national park, ‘Pays des Collines’ or the ‘Land of Hills’ and is the only farm of its kind in Belgium

Today, the farm consists of 150 donkeys, most of them belonging to the unique Arcadian breed of donkey. The donkeys graze freely in the hilly landscape and produce unique high-quality organic donkey milk. Donkey milk from the farm has previously been used in products that have been exported to France, Switzerland, Germany and Canada, and now L’Anesse is proud to present its own innovative range of Belgian donkey milk products.

Donkey milk – A complete food for the skin

The legendary donkey-milk baths of Queen Cleopatra have gone down in history as one of the most famous cosmetic routines ever recorded. And despite the fact that cosmetology has advanced considerably since then natural donkey milk remains one of the most effective beauty treatments available. Due to its moisturizing, cleansing and nourishing properties, donkey milk has certainly passed the test of time!


Scientific analysis has revealed the amazing nutritional properties of donkey milk. It contains quite large amounts of the vitamins A1, B1, B2, C and E and significant amounts of immunoglobulin, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and sodium.
Donkey milk releases specific amino acids into the body which are very important in naturally moisturizing the skin. The milk proteins from donkey milk nourish the skin and offer more than 40% of the skin’s necessary amino acids. These amino acids are very important for the maintenance of normal metabolic activity of cells, as part of the synthesis of collagen, elastin and keratin.

Beneficial properties for the skin

Assists in the treatment of skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.
Sets the normal metabolic activity of skin cells, corrects blotchiness and rejuvenates the facial expression lines.

c. Why donkey milk is so unique and valuable?

Donkey milk is such a treasured commodity mainly due to the great care and effort that goes into its production. Milk begins to formulate in the jenny after it has given birth and for two months the little foals are fed with milk directly from their mothers’ udders without any disruption from farm workers. Then, the mothers are temporarily separated from their foals and milked by hand every three hours. However, to be willing to give their milk, the mother donkeys must always have visual contact with their foals.
The storage volume of milk in a jenny’s body is very small, so it must be milked regularly to collect a significant amount of milk, usually amounting to 1.5 litres per donkey per day. After the last milking of the day, the foals, which are fed by bottle throughout the day, return to their mothers for natural feeding. This process is repeated until the foal is 11 months old.
All milking on the farm is done by hand, primarily because the use of electric milking machines would be traumatic to the donkeys. And in any case, the small amount of milk collected from these animals would make electric milking machines obsolete.

After each milking the pure donkey milk is filtered without the use of chemical processing. Analyses carried out in collaboration with the «Centre d ’Expertise de la qualite des Facultes de Gembloux» (The Quality Control Centre of Gembloux Academic Faculties) has certified the bacteriological stability of milk. This means that the donkey milk that is produced on the farm can be drunk without pasteurisation.
The milk is then poured into 200ml containers and frozen immediately in a minimum temperature of -18 ° C. It is thereby preserved for consumption as a sweet and pleasant drink or for the manufacture of high-quality cosmetics.

The farm unit works according to European Union hygiene regulations and recommendations and is licensed by the Belgian Ministry of Health.
Beautiful pictures from the farm

d. Donkey Milk and Health

A donkey’s milk has a taste and nutritional makeup which is more akin to human milk than other dairy-based milks. Unlike cow’s milk, for instance, which is caseinous, donkey milk contains albumins, a type of easily-digestible protein.


• Detoxifies the liver yielding immediate renewal of skin cells.
• Balances the micro flora of the intestines through the action of lysozyme and lactose and prevents cardiovascular diseases.
• Balances the metabolic activity of cells, corrects blotchy skin and rejuvenates the facial expression lines.
• Assists in the treatment of skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis.
• Helps in the fight against osteoporosis.

e. Conclusion

Overall, donkey milk is not a panacea that will miraculously solve all your health problems or a drink that will cover all of your nutritional deficiencies. But there are very few products that offer so much in terms of health and nutritional benefit. Drunk as part of a balanced diet, donkey milk offers that ‘something extra’ that we all need in our daily lives, and applied to the skin, it can make you look and feel more beautiful than ever before!