Our goats work hard for us. They put up with rough baby goats tugging and sucking and hitting their teats and udders. Those girls deal with me trapping their heads in the milking stanchion and then milking them too.
I’m thinking their lady bits (no, not THOSE lady bits…) might deserve a little extra care and pampering – and that’s why I make them my udder balm!
I love making my own health and beauty products for myself, like buttery lip balm, dandelion salve and face cream, so why not do they same for my dear goats? After all, they DO provide our family with fresh milk everyday!
Please note, this is NOT just for goats – this can be used on any milking animals. Heck, if I was a nursing mommy, I’d probably use it on myself!
This recipe is such an easy one, I whipped it up while getting my daughter ready for school in the morning (making breakfast and sack lunch). A true homesteader can multi-task with the best of ’em!
Goat Udder Balm
1/2 cup coconut oil (I use this one)
1/2 cup shea butter (I use this one)
20 drops peppermint essential oil
20 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
20 drops lavender essential oil
In a double boiler, combine coconut oil and shea butter over low heat until melted. For a makeshift double-boiler, I use a medium saucepan and line the bottom of the pot with canning jar rings; I then fill the pot with water and place my glass measuring cup directly in there. Voila! Easy peasy!
Once the oil and butter are completely melted and combined well, remove from heat and stir in the essential oils. I then place my measuring cup directly into the refrigerator for a quick cool-down. Once it starts to solidify and becomes opaque, I use a hand mixer to whip it up. This makes it softer and easier to scoop out of the jar.
After whipping, scoop the balm into a wide-mouth jar (this makes it easier to get it out), top it with a cap, and you’re ready to roll! During cooler months, I keep the jar of balm in the house and bring it out when I milk – It will stay softer that way. I the warmer months, you can keep it in a clean area of your barn or wherever you do your milking.
Using it is simple: After milking, warm a small amount of the balm in your hands and apply to the teats. That’s it! Your goats will love you even more for this! 🙂
Interested in learning more about ways to use essential oils? Head over to the Faulk Farmstead’s Essential Oils group on Facebook.