Herbal Remedy Success?

These duckies have their own pool!

Lani Moo is feeling a little better:)

With our local living endeavors, we try as much as possible to find local remedies for any illness.  When Lani Moo, our six month old heifer got a bad case of diarrhea last week, I brewed her up a strong tea made from the root of Oregon Grape.  This root contains berberis, a substance that inhibits bacteria from adhering to the intestinal wall.  It seemed to work: 8 hours after the first dose she was eating again and after the second dose, things were firming up:).  Then just yesterday, poor Lani Moo had a relapse.  She wasn’t eating and had serious diarrhea.  I figured out what was causing it.  The ducks have begun to fly and although they have their own duckie pool, they were caught perching outside of Lani Moo’s water trough and there was evidence that they had “polluted” her drinking water.  We cleaned out the trough and mooved it to a less attractive (to the duckies) location.  Again, after two doses of the Oregon grape tea, Lani Moo was much better.

A basket of St. John's Wort, ready to make into medicine

Today I also made a tincture of St. John’s Wort.  This wild plant is blooming right now and so it is the optimum to collect it and make a herbal remedy for depression.  No, I’m not depressed, but I do have a feeling I’ll run into people who it might benefit from it.

I make the medicine by sorting through to remove debris, bugs and accidental other plants and then put it into the food processor with some booze.  It needs to brew for a couple of weeks before it is ready.  When the liquid looses the red tint, it is ready to be decanted into bottles for use.

It is important to remember to label any jars of brewing medicine.  I’ve learned that from experience.

We also have a couple of new family members at our farm:  Speedy, a rooster who wasn’t working out at his former

Speedy Gonzales

home.  It remains to be seen if he will work out here, but he is returnable.  Two different neighbors have so far brought him home, but he seems to spend most of his time here and the neighbors don’t seem to be complaining.

Dee, our new horse

I also sold my horse, Waltzer and bought a quieter quarter horse mare, Dee.  She is very beautiful and suitable for anyone to ride.


~ by Anuttama on July 26, 2010.

2 Responses to “Herbal Remedy Success?”

  1. If you have a quantity of St. John’s Wort flowers, you might make up some St. John’s Wort oil too.

    Good to hear that Lani Moo is recovering! I’ve found that goats and chickens respond well to herbal applications, too—but using an herbal approach is best done if you really know your animals and can tell almost immediately if they are “off” in any way. We always reach for the herbals and/or the colloidal silver FIRST…but we do keep some pharmaceutical antibiotics on hand. Haven’t had to use them yet (knock wood!) but am still glad to know that if we do need them, we don’t need to make an emergency run to the store.

  2. Funny you should mention that, E’ireen, because I also made up a trial of Oxeye daisy oil. They contain pyrethrins, a good insect repellent. The problem with making an oil is finding the right place/situation to dehydrate the menstruum. I’ve put it into a stainless steel bowl mostly covered with glass in the greenhouse. If we get some sun, hopefully it will act like a mild solar oven. Most herbs shouldn’t be heated above 130F when making an oil. Well, it’s an experiment, so even if the daisies don’t have enough potency, at least I’ve learned something.

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