Who is Bio Bipracte?
Passion for horses has always been as well as nature and Morvan lovers, Nathalie and Xavier Niaux decided a few years ago to embark on the adventure.
Teacher and carpenter, they decided to completely change life and their environment. After spending half of their working lives within the constraints and stress of a busy life, they decided to convert to a healthier, fulfilling life in balance with nature and its ecological and biological rhythms.
They decided to do it in a more privileged environment which is the Morvan, away from industries and pollution. Once they found themeselves at the foot of Mont Beuvray, they went to Ariege, cradle of the Merence breed, to constitute their herd. Nathalie and Xavier chose the Merence breed for personal affinity: look at their beauty, their friendliness and robustness of these animals and you will be seduced! This is one of the oldest French breed that they are proud to support with a dozen of birth a year.
These horses are perfectly adapted to their slopes, to the rough Morvan climate and to the outdoor breeding. This herd is bred following the organic farming practices, the farm being fully certified organic.
Mare's Milk consumption goes back to the Antiquity. Nomadic people consumed the milk from their mare and it was one of their main source of vitamins. Chinese, Greek and Egyptian appreciated it as well for these numerous benefits.
Some sources describe the virtues of mare's milk in the health area (Herodotus) but also in the beauty area (Cleopatra - She bathed in it each morning and drank her daily dose of mare's milk. She also believed it would improve her mental and physical immune system, but even more so because she was convinced that it would guarantee her eternal beauty).
In the 19th century, Mare's Milk was used as infant formula in replacement of breast milk. Easily digestible, it was also used for adults suffering from cirrhosis, stomach ulcers, gastric pain, constipation, various infections of the gallbladder and pancreas.
Early in the 20th, people suffering from tuberculosis were treated with Mare's Milk.
Donkey and Mare's Milk were still given to newborns in St. Vincent de Paul Hospital in Paris and in maternity in Libourne and Le Mans until the mid 20th century.
But it was after the Second World War, in Northern and Central Europe, that this practice is reborn. Its effectiveness was deemed against the stomach flu epidemic of toddlers. The University of Charlottenburg in Berlin recommended it for preterm infants. In Russia, several scientific studies in 1982 and 1985 could demonstrate the positive impact. In France, more than 200 doctors and therapists recommend it to their patients.
The products made from 100% organic milk horses are healthy and welfare products. Horse milk contains trace elements, vitamins, minerals and over 40 nutrients.
The unique composition of horse milk makes it an essential ingredient for cosmetics and for food.
With tonic, rejuvenating and stimulating powers, horse milk is now incorporated in soaps, shampoos, body lotion, body care and facials for example. Sometimes, positive synergies are created when combining horse milk with plants or essential oils, amplifying its natural properties.
Horse milk will give strength, softness and balance to your skin and will allow you to fight stress related problems such as eczema or premature ageing of the skin, dryness or wrinkles.
Horse milk has a coconut flavour with a hint of sweet wild grass. It contains many minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus...), trace elements (copper, iron, zinc...), vitamins (A, B, C...) and more than 40 nutrients including the following most important ones:
- Unsaturated fatty acids (A, G, E), precursors of prostaglandins necessary for growth, tissue regeneration and the integrity of the skin. They also help in the development of brain cells
- The natural enzymes, stimulating biochemical actions of the body in the digestive system, muscle, brain, cardiovascular
- Immunoglobulins allowing to strengthen the immune mechanism of the body
- Amino acids, components of the cell proteins, particularly assimilable
- Ferments which allow regeneration of the intestinal flora to improve food assimilation
- Lactose, a sugar that does not turn into fat, helps the regeneration of cells and gives a slightly sweet taste to the milk
A mare gives about 1 litre per each milking, when she wants it: we can't take mare's milk from her, she is the one who will give it to us!
The slightest annoyance, noise, odour, or lack of confidence and we do not have a drop, she retains all of her milk.
This is why it is essential that the work is done in harmony with the horses and in a relaxed atmosphere increased with some classical music!