Goat Milk Features Highly in Nagel Soap
Why goat milk for soap?
Goat milk has shorter chain fat molecules that can be absorbed through the skin's surface more easily than the larger fat molecules of most other types of fats and oils. Fats make up a main portion of our cells' membranes and is important in keeping our skin sealed from the dry air in the environment.
Goat milk makes up one third of the original weight of our soap, and as some of its moisture evaporates off during the curing process, the nutrients become even more concentrated in the bar of soap. Milk contains many nutrients, as its purpose for being is to nourish young life. Minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are all present in milk. Many of these nutrients are able to be absorbed into the skin cells themselves in order to provide nourishment directly rather than through dietary and metabolic processes. This means you can directly feed your skin the good stuff it needs to be supple and healthy so that when your hands aren't working hard, they can be comfortably caring for those you love, without the pain caused by cracking and brittleness.
Why else do we enjoy goats?
Having goats provides our children with some very personable animals they learn to care for as God has intended for us to care for his creatures. The children learn useful skills and knowledge in caring for dairy animals, and they learn that the repetitive mundane tasks of daily care can actually translate into lovely blessings of seeing the sunrises, sunsets, and the moon in all its phases, enjoying the seasons in all their glory, and watching the birth of new life into the world.
They are smaller than cows, which we have loved for years, and easier to handle, making them less dangerous for the younger children to be around. They are easier to clean up behind, since they each eat less and make less manure than a cow would, and it is in the form of berries instead of humongous cow pies! They are different than cows in that they don't necessarily graze pasture as well as they are browsers and prefer more of a variety of plants. But this makes feeding them more interesting! Veterinarian care is more possible to do on our own since the animals are easier to control. One thing goats are susceptible to is having parasitic worms. The fun thing about that is having a microscope! We get to do our own fecal sampling to look for the eggs laid by the adult worms living inside each goat. Another practical learning opportunity for the children! We feed a variety of natural and herbal substances to control the parasites, as well as stocking their pasture with a sworn enemy of the young worm at one part of their life cycle--chickens! The chickens scrounge around and nibble on everything, surely getting a fair share of the nymphal forms of the parasites.
Goats are very traditional in many cultures, including ancient biblical times, so it is neat to have a living connection to our earliest ancestors' lives.