Herbals is my other web site providing information
on natural practices and the use of herbs, herbal formulas & natural
supplements used in the holistic care of your dogs, cats,
goats, horses, other pets & animals.
have asked me about the herbal formulas and treatments that
I use as part of the holistic natural care I give my animals.
To make it easier for others to be able to use these treatments
on their own animals, I am also now offering herbs & my
personal herbal formulas for sale on this site.
Dr. Edward Bach
developed this therapy in England in the 1930's. Dr. Bach was working
with a homeopath when he discovered Flower essences. While flower
essence was developed for humans, it has been found to work on animals
does it work?
therapy works on a similar mechanism as homeopathy. Parts of the flower
are diluted and then potentised to become effective. The flower essences
are found in liquid form. Thus, the remedies work on an energetic
level, similar to homeopathy, acupuncture and Reiki. They affect the
mental and emotional parts of our being. Dr. Bach felt that physical
illness can be caused by emotional upset and by fixing the emotional
balance the physical illness disappeared.
work to heal both physical, mental and emotional illness. All of the
aforementioned illnesses affect each other in one way or another.
Therefore, flower essences restore the inner balance by working on
the vital force. The vital force is an inner force within the body
that governs our strength and well-being. As we get sick our vital
force weakens and therefore, the flower essences work on our vital
force to strengthen it. The particles of the essences work in specific
patterns. This means that certain essences cure certain illnesses.
Overall, flower essence are to said to release negative emotions and
help heal and calm, using either internally or externally non toxic
and have no side effects.
of Bethlehem: For trauma and shock.
the tendency to "pass out", and unconsciousness,
being far away.
Fear of mind giving way, verge of breakdown, anger.
irritability, tension and fidgety.
Rock Rose: For
frozen terror and panic.
for traumatic situations, such as, stress, emergencies, illness and
many other stressful situations.
A does labor
can be made easier and less traumatic by giving Rescue Remedy.
thirty-eight Bach remedies, the one I use the most is the Rescue
Remedy. That's no surprise to anyone who's worked with flowers.
Rescue Remedy is the most commonly called for because it addresses
both mental and physical stress. I'll use it with pets who've been
subjected to any stressful situation, from weaning and relocation
to a new home, to injections to turmoil or trauma in the home.
To cats who are sensitive to needles, I'll give a few drops of
Rescue Remedy on the tongue; within seconds, you can see the cat
relax, enough so that when ease a needle in to take a blood sample,
he barely notices it. WHen I use it on a pet who's in shock, or
has been hit by a car, bitten by another animal, or subjected to
some other acute physical trauma, the results can be truly dramatic.
One other wonderful
use for Rescue Remedy is as a grief medicine. When one pet in a
household of several pets dies, I recommend that an owner give
Rescue Remedy to the other pets. The satr0of0Bethlehem, which is
one of its ingredients, is the flower that soothes grief- well
enough that I often advise a deceased pet's grieving owners to
take it, too."
Administered as needed, usually about 2-4 times a day. Since RR is
absorbed through the mucus membranes, I have found the best way to
administer is drip four drops on and/or in the goat's nose.
Be careful not to contaminate the dropper by touching it to the animal.
I am never without
a 2 bottles of Rescue Remedy; one for the house, and one for the barn.
I use it for all humans and animals in our family, as well as on our
Vitamins & Minerals
Edema, "congested udder"
- 500 mg. chewable Vitamin C tablets twice a day for 5 days.
extreme cases, follow up with 1 - 500mg. tablet for 5 more days
Vit E works in conjunction with selenium and is essential for tissue,
muscular and udder health.
find supplimenting with Vit E before kidding, aid in easier kiddings.
capsule (500-1000 IU) squirted on grain daily, starting 3 weeks
1mg of selenium and 500 IU of vitamin E per 5 ml.
Uckele Health & Nutrition
in prevention/treatment of Selenium deficiency can which and cause
Nutritional Muscular Dystrophy, or White Muscle Disease. (weak
legs in kids)
can increase fertility and also aids in easier birthing.
ml (this provides the same amount of Selenium/E as 3 ml of Bo-Se)
can be toxic, and the margin of safety is narrow. Use only in
Selenium deficient areas (check with your vet)
give pregnant does this product at 5 weeks and two weeks before
their due dates. You can also give to bucks and does at the start
of breeding season.
born with weak legs are also given Bo-Se.
it's a little hard to find this gel. The best price I have found
for it is from PBS
Livestock Health. At this writing, Jeffers does not carry
this product yet.
in holistic care by supplying vitamins
& minerals, blood-building nutrients, amino acides & digestive
aids that may be missing from thier diet. We take vitamins every day,
why not give your goats vitmains very day as well?
1/4 oz. (1/4 scoop) in grain one a day.
does, bucks: 1/2 oz. (1/2 scoop) in grain one a day.
Lactating does: 1 oz. (1 scoop) in grain one a day.
Probiotic Rumen inoculant
specific, beneficial bacteria to keep the rumen working.
during and following antibiotic treatment or any time a goat
give to a goat any time they are transported.
also give to 2-3 day old kids to help get their rumens going.
5 gms for kids
10 gms adults
withholding time: none
containing active cultures with acidophilus can be used in
an emergency, but is not really as good as products formulated
especially for ruminants because yogurt dose not contain
all of the beneficial bacteria that these specially formulated
ID-1 / I-D
Supplement is a natural immune system booster that is
based upon cow
colostrum. It is a source of natural antibodies that can
be administered orally, topically, or intravenously. When these
introduced into an animal's body, they stimulate the animal's
immune system into producing massive amounts of disease-, infection-,
bacteria-fighting antibodies. It can be used as a preventative
or reactive immune system booster. (more
3 cc. per day for three days and 2 cc. per day for the next
60-90 cc and massage goats left side (rumen) until the goat
withholding time: none
not use mineral oil. Because mineral oil is tasteless,
the goat may not know to swallow and the mineral
oil could get into thier lungs.
For rehydrating sick animals.
the Re-Sorb packet with 1/2 gallon warm water
your own electrolyte mixture:
1 package of Jam & Jelly pectin (Surgel).
1 Tbs baking soda
1 Tbs potassium chloride, Lite Salt (can find in the grocery aisle with
the diet foods)
Mix with 2 quarts of water.
1 can beef consume (not beef broth)
1 package pectin
1 tsp LIGHT salt (because of the potassium)
2 tsp baking soda
Mix with 2 quarts water
Recipe for Rhododendron Poisoning. Renco is the tradename for junket rennet and you can buy it in any
supermarket. The action of the rennet is to neutralise the toxins from
the rhododendron. One dose is usually sufficient. It is important to
keep the goat warm, but not in the sun, and out of the wind. Have a bucket
of fresh warm water available for the animal to drink, and each time
it gets fouled by vomit empty and refill it, otherwise the goat will
just be drinking up more poison. A goat which is vomiting all over the
place is getting rid of the toxins much more efficiently than one which
is not, so vomiting is good.
15 mls Renco
15 mls Mylanta
5 mls brandy
Kids under 4 months:
5 mls each of Renco
2 mls Mylanta
kids over 4 months:
10 mls of both Renco
10 mls Mylanta
5 mls brandy
Recipe for Rhododendron Poisoning. Quantities
do not need to be too exact.
Mix together and drench the goat with the entire mixture.
cup cooking oil
cup strong/strong cold tea (6 to 8 tea bags)
teaspoon ground ginger
teaspoon baking soda
Control of External Parasites/Flies
parasites: lice, mites, fleas, etc...
Dust on animal and around his/her living quarters (house, yard, barn,
not breath in dust; Inhaling it can cause lung problems
is is and How Does it work?:
is a kills parasites by mechanical means. It is not a poison.
isn't dirt or earth, is made up of the fossilized skeletons of siliceous
marine and fresh water organisms, particularly diatoms. These skeletons
are made of hydrated amorphous silica or opal. When crushed, they
break up into tiny pieces of "glass'' (so tiny that the material
feels like talcum powder). This is easily picked up by the hairy bodies
of most Insects. Whereupon it scratches through their protective wax
layer. The result being that the insects lose water rapidly, dry up
diatomaceous earth (DE for short) is the remains of microscopic one-celled
plants (phytoplankton) called diatoms that lived in the oceans that
once covered the western part of the United States and other parts
of the world. Huge deposits were left behind when the water receded.
When crushed, they break up into tiny pieces of "glass'' with
razor sharp edges (so tiny that the material feels like talcum powder).
This is easily picked up by the hairy bodies of most Insects. When
DE comes contact with the insects, the sharp edges lacerate the bugs'
waxy exoskeleton and then the powdery DE absorbs the body fluids causing
death from dehydration. Said more simply, DE kills insects by drying
earth is very dusty and can cause lung problems if breathed heavily,
so when applying it dry always wear a good dust mask or stand up wind.
with a contact pesticide (poison), the insect dies quite quickly,
with DE control may take several days.
The DE sold for
swimming pool filters is ineffective for insect control because it
has been heated and chemically treated. It won't kill insects and
it is very dangerous to breathe. Make sure to use "food
grade" or "garden grade" DE.
Natural DE will
kill beneficial insects too, so use it sparingly to kill problem infestations
of harmful insects and don't use it too often.
NOTE: Some people say you can use this for internal parasite
control. My own experiments
showed that it was not an effective control. I
have read information from others that their goats health actually
degraded when they fed DE in an attempted to worm their goats and
then improved when they ceased to use it. I, personally,
would never use this as a wormer since there are more effective natural choices.
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