If there were only one or two stories about how drinking goat milk provided miraculous benefits for people, they would seem too incredible, too surprising to be true, but story after story after story continues to be told, describing the dramatic healing effects goat milk can have for people, even in dire situations. Whether in its fresh, delicious, liquid form, or included as a luxurious ingredient in soap, the test of time has proven goat milk to restore balance to the human body.
For instance, consider the story of Danielle Rambo and her son, Sean, of Grandview Acres in Amboy, Washington. Breastfed as a baby, Sean had always been very healthy—until he started solid foods. Then it seemed he was suddenly plagued by digestive problems, experiencing bouts of vomiting at least every two weeks for years.
"It was a nightmare! The doctors just thought he had a super light gag reflex and said he’d grow out of it," Rambo said. "But he didn’t. By the time he was six, they thought he had acid reflux. He was put on various antacid medications, and we had to put blocks under his bed to raise his head. None of it helped. My husband and I lived on constant alert, as the acid reflux would even cause Sean to throw up in his sleep!"
Rambo was convinced there was some sort of imbalance in Sean’s system, and there had to be a way for his digestive system to heal. After their second trip to the emergency room in a month for vomiting and dehydration, she asked a neighbor who had Nubians if she could try the goat milk.
"The change was amazing," Rambo said. "Within a week he was sleeping through the night. By the end of the month we knew we had finally found the cure. The magic elixir worked!"
Rambo soon purchased her own small herd of Nigerian Dwarf does and has been raising, milking, and enjoying the benefits of delicious goat milk ever since.
A super-skinny Raford Wilson in uniform.
"Sean has had no more stomach issues. He happily guzzles down about a quart a day and is growing like a weed," she said. "He doesn’t even get car sick anymore. Goat milk changed our lives!"
Adults can benefit from drinking goat milk too. Darla O’Neill of O’Vation Farm in New Tazewell, Tennessee, shared the story of her father’s wartime experience with goat milk:
"As a young Marine seeing his first action in combat, my father, Raford Wilson, was wounded in the neck while taking Iwo Jima. He was sent to Balboa Park Naval Hospital in San Diego to recuperate. Due to the location of his injuries, he wasn’t able to eat solid foods. He was on a liquid diet of orange juice for months while his neck and throat healed. Between all the acid in the citrus diet he had been on, and all the stress from his battle experience, he had developed severe ulcers. There was very little he could eat that didn’t cause him great pain in his stomach. He lost so much weight that it caused everyone in his family great alarm; they were afraid he was going to die. He finally came across a doctor that told him, ‘Boy, you’re gonna have to find you some goat milk to heal those ulcers!’"
Luckily for O’Neill’s father, and her whole family, he did find a goat dairy, and after subsisting mainly on goat milk for a time, those painful ulcers healed up. O’Neill said her family has believed in the natural goodness of goat milk ever since.
As amazing as these stories are, it does make sense that drinking soothing, nutrient-laden goat milk would help digestive problems. But incredibly, goat milk’s healing properties extend even further, not only healing from the inside out, but also from the outside in. Goat milk soap has a proven track record of curing severe skin problems, from cracked and bleeding dry hands to eczema, and everything in between.
Sandie Terry, owner of Lil’ Hill Farm in Hillsboro, Alabama, originally started making goat milk soap to soothe her own itchy, severely dry skin. Her success in curing her own affliction led her to share the soap with her family:
"My sister is diabetic and has numerous health issues, including a condition with her hands forming blisters and cracking open. For years, her doctor prescribed a cream to use on her hands, which did nothing for her condition. I gave her a couple of bars of my goat milk soap to try, and after the first bar, she called me all excited and said her hands had cleared up! The goat milk soap was doing what no prescription cream had been able to do."
Another goat milk soap artisan, Dianne Cox of Almost Twins Farms in Blythe, Georgia, has a similar success story. One of her customers has mixed connective tissue disease, and although under a doctor’s care, she had frequent flare-ups of severe rashes with open, oozing sores from her ankles to her knees. While medication did help a bit, she now swears by Cox’s soap.
"After using the goat milk soap, her skin has seemed to come back into a ‘balance’ of sorts," Cox said. "The open sores have not developed since. Although the rashes are still there, they are tolerable, especially when compared to what they were. Her doctors wanted to know what she was doing, so she gave them a bar of my soap!"
From curing ulcerated stomachs to soothing blistered hands, the healing power of goat milk is undeniable. Maybe the next new health fad will finally admit what dairy goat owners have known all along: it’s impossible to improve on Mother Nature’s best original health substance—goat milk!