Remedy, elixir, drink...

The exploitation of Donkey's milk was in favour among ancient nations.  The Greeks considered Donkey's milk to be an excellent remedy; the Romans made a luxury drink out of it.  Hippocrates recommended it for all sorts of ills:  poisoning and poisoning by bites, articular pains, healing of wounds, etc...

Buffon drew attention to it in his Natural History: "Donkey's milk is a proven and scientific remedy for certain ills, and the use of this remedy has been preserved from the Greeks until us..."

In the 19th century and even at the start of the 20th, Donkey's milk was a remedy that a number of people turned to.  A lot of "Donkey houses" were set up primarily in Paris, where women of fashion went to obtain the precious drink.  The milk was sold at more than 8 F the litre (8 F before the 1914-18 war...).