Herbal Remedy Success?
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.
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
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.
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.