Stop mastitis in dairy animals before it starts with this all-natural homemade Dynamint udder cream!
It seems that when farm emergencies happen, it's Sunday morning. Is it just karma? I'm not sure, but when I got a call early one Sunday morning from Marius who was up with Wilderness the cow at my Moms house and he quite urgently told me that she had a blocked duct, which can very quickly become Mastitis if one is not careful! The best way to avoid blocked ducts is prevention, but that doesn't always work!
Commercial dairies, even a small scale farm where we got our cow from, use an udder cream called Dynamint, which is a terrific product containing essential oils. There are a few variations including mixes of Peppermint, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Eucalyptus and Oregano oil. The problem is, on a small island, on a Sunday morning, there was no where I was going to get this.
Lucky for Wilderness I love makin' potions! I quickly got to work look up what was in these creams, then decided on my own recipe including the oils above, as well as Frankincense. Why did I decide on these oils? While all of these are so versatile, as every essential oil is, and have many more properties than listed, these are the qualities I wanted!
Essential Oils in DIY Dynamint Udder Cream
Peppermint: Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic, Antibacterial, Anti-infectious, Anti-fungal, Increases Circulation, Reduces Milk Supply.
Melaleuca: Analgesic, Antibacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-infectious, Anti-inflammatory, Immuno-stimulant, Anti-Viral, Tissue Regenerative.
Eucalyptus: Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiviral, Expectorant.
Oregano: Anti-infections, anti-parasitic, immune stimulant.
Frankincense: Anti-inflammatory, immune support,antiviral, sedative, analgesic, expectorant.
So you can see why this is a potent udder cream to have around!
We've now used this cream successfully twice on the cow and as well as other lactating mammals! I'd call it the blocked duct miracle cream if I may. This is a pricey cream to make, I'm not going to lie there! For me though, if the cow gets full blown mastitis that involves antibiotics, we have to;
Pay for Antibiotics: this costs about $13-$15, plus 45 minutes or so to go pick it up. Giving them to her is a pain in my rear too and I don't wish to repeat that! Using a plastic "needle" on a syringe you have to put it up the teat into the effected quarter. Bleh.
Milk a sore cow: Don't underestimate this. It's really uncomfortable for them.
'Dump' milk for 4+ days: While you can still drink the milk of a cow with a blocked duct, (personally I milk the quarter out seperately and give to the chickens. If they have to have antibiotics, you must give all the milk for 96 hours to other livestock or dump it. Do you have any idea how much it hurts your soul to milk for days and not be able to use it yourself?! Thankfully the one time we had to give antibiotics to a cow, we had friends we could give it to for bottle calves.
Homemade Dynamint Udder Cream
- ¾ cups plain water-based lotion store-bought or homemade OR recently I've been putting it in Aloe Vera gel and then putting the whole mix in a salad dressing squirt bottle and that works excellent.
- 30 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 30 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 30 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 20 drops Oregano Essential Oil
- 20 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- Mix all of the ingredients together.
- Rub all over effected quarter on udder, getting up high into the 'armpit' and covering the teat as well. Apply 2-3 times a day, continuing a day after all is okay. You'll know "all is clear" when you strain the milk and there is no little butter yellow clots anymore.
- This make an approximate 2.5% dilution which is suitable for animals, as you want much smaller amount of oils for animals.
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