When you have a milk-producing goat or cow, their udders might get a lot of work. They can get sore or irritated, so it’s handy to be able to have a balm to soothe them on hand in case this happens.
However, unfortunately, most storebought balms are petroleum-based and expensive, and, if you live in the country, might be far away!
Today, we’ve got a very simple DIY udder balm recipe that can be used making the same ingredients we recommend for a lot of our homemade remedies.
What you need:
- 1/2 ounce beeswax
- 1 ounce shea butter
- 1 ounce coconut oil
- 3 ounces calendula infused oil (optional, see directions below)
- 2 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil (optional)
Calendula infused oil
If you do not have any on hand or would like to make your own, this is a great item to have for any skin-soothing remedy, and can be used straight on sore muscles and general aches and pains.
To make it, you will need dried calendula flowers. Fill a small jar with almond or olive oil, and leave in the sun for a week or so, shaking daily. Alternately, you can heat up in a very low oven (around 200 degrees) for about 20 minutes, in a glass, oven-proof bowl or jar.
How to Make Udder Balm
- Combine your beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, and calendula oil in a jar and place in a small saucepan filled with water.
- Place the pan on the stove over very low heat.
- As the water in the pan warms up, everything will melt and blend together.
- Once fully melted, remove from heat, stir with a popsicle stick, and allow to cool for a few minutes.
- Add your essential oils, if using, and cover the jar.
- Store inside (keeping outside will make it too cold to use)
You can use this by taking with you when you go to milk your goat or cow, and applying after each milking as needed.
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