Weekly Rose Buds Buttermilk and Fennel . . . May 2, 2012 by Shiva Rose In ancient times queens would keep skin smooth and flawless with a combination of buttermilk and fennel seeds. It is said Cleopatra used this ancient technique a few days a week. 1/2 Cup of Buttermilk (or raw milk after a week) 1 1/2 Tablespoons of crushed fennel seeds. Heat milk and fennel seeds in a sauce pan. After 20 minutes turn off and let steep for a few hours. Cool, strain and when cooled place in a glass jar to refrigerate. Make sure to use it all after a week.