Proper care of a goats teats is important and an important aspect of goat health care as far as I am concerned.
I raise my goats organically so a natural udder balm essential oil salve recipe was the only option for me especially after I ran into a problem I thought was mastitis.
Here is my story – and recipe.
My three dairy goats – Sugar, Spice and Darla – were nine years old.
They were still having babies and producing an abundance of milk, but I noticed some congestion in their udders.
I immediately ordered a mastitis test kit – I gave the test three times and all three times it came up negatitive.
I decided mastitis was not the problem.
I believe it was just a bit of congestion – possibly because were are so full of milk.
I get a half gallon or more per day from Spice alone.
Sugar is producing around 1/4 gallon per day.
I also ordered a mastitis udder massage salve from Molly’s Herbals because I wanted something natural.
I had always kept udder balm from the farm store on hand, but felt I needed something with the power of herbs.
The salve I received from Molly’s Herbals was wonderful – and oh, so fragrant.
I ordered two containers of it, then decided – since I was going through it so quickly – to try and make my own.
Mine is different from hers, but it seems to work and the goats enjoy it.
Best off, I make it using ingrdients from my own garden that I know are grown organically and it works great alongside my homemade goat teat spray.
Here is my recipe:Print
Mastitis Udder Balm Essential Oil Salve Recipe
- 8 ounces olive oil
- 8 ounces fresh comfrey leaves
- 1 ounce beeswax
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus oil
- 10 drops lavender oil
- 1 Tablespoon Vitamin E oil
- I made mine using the quick, stovetop method because I was in a hurry.
- I first tore up the comfrey leaves into small pieces and covered them with the olive oil. I used a heat proof glass jar. A measuring cup or canning jar works great.
- I sit the glass cup that contained the olive oil and comfrey in a pan of water and brought it up to a temperature of 140 degrees F. I kept it at this temperature for about 3 1/2 hours.
- I then strained the oil, removing the comfrey leaves.
- I added the beeswax (pre-measured) to the oil and let it melt. The larger the chunks of beeswax, the longer it takes to melt. I did stir the mixture continually while waiting for it to melt.
- Once the beeswax was melted, I removed it from the heat, added in the essential oils and the vitamin E and stirred the mixture to make sure everything was well combined.
- I quickly poured the liquid salve into containers. The small 4-ounce canning jars work great or you can buy metal containers with lids if you prefer.
- I set the containers aside without lids to allow the salve to harden.
- Once it was hard, I labeled it, put a lid on it and use it daily after milking. I simply scoop out a small amount (around a half a Tablespoon) and massage it all over their udders.
Do you have questions? I invite you to leave your comments below.
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Brenda in TX
Thursday 3rd of March 2022
Anxious to try this as I was just about to order Molly's. My mama had triplets and has a rock hard udder, this happened last year too. The container I have from Mollys will not last long and ordering is super expensive! Thinking it can't be that hard to make. I have some comfrey balm already made; I'll add the essential oils. Thank you so much.
Sheri Ann Richerson
Friday 4th of March 2022
Hi Brenda. I am so sorry to hear about your goat. Please come back and let me know how it works for you and how those precious triplets are doing! This product is super easy to make and I think your plans of adding those essential oils to the comfrey balm you have will work just fine. I do understand about Molly's. Great stuff, but super expensive not to mention shipping costs are through the roof right now. I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping in and leaving a comment!
Saturday 9th of February 2019
do you find that this recipe helps with your goats' congestion in their udders?
Sheri Ann Richerson
Thursday 14th of February 2019
Hi, I believe it must because I only had the issue once with an older goat. I started using this and it went away. I did do a mastitis test, which came back negative. That was when I decided to make my own udder balm and my own essential oil teat dip. I've never had another issue since then.