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.
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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
- 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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