Your cows work hard! Help them out with the common ailment of cracked, dry and sore udders. We all know you can soothe them with some shop-bought udder balm; but why not change things up?
In the process of five minutes, you could whip up a large batch of homemade udder balm for half the price.
If you want to try something more natural for a special heifer and have a bit of fun in the kitchen this week, try out this recipe we found on the lovely Prairie Homestead website. It takes a little bit of shopping from your local supermarket and pharmacy or health store, but the ingredients should last you a long time.
- 14g of beeswax
- 28g of shea (or cocoa) butter
- 28g of coconut oil
- 90ml of plain olive oil
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil
- 2 drops of tea-tree essential oil
You’ll find the essential oils and beeswax in a Holland & Barrett store, or in your local health food shop. The butter should be an easy find in your nearby pharmacy.
According to the guys at Prairie Homestead, you can use less beeswax to make the balm softer, and you can use it morning and evening on sore teats. It even soothes dry human hands and feet really well too… (Bonus!)
- Fill a saucepan halfway with water, put it on heat, and place a resistant container like a Pyrex measuring jug inside. Melt the beeswax in this by turning the heat up to medium.
- Add the shea (or cocoa) butter and coconut oil in to the container, and mix together.
- Add the 90ml of olive oil, stir, and then take off the heat.
- Add the couple of drops of lavender and tea-tree essential oils, and make sure everything is combined.
- Let it cool, and then put it in whatever container suits you best!
Done! It might be a fun activity for you and your other half to cook up the balm in the kitchen, or you could give it as a doubly-helpful gift for a farming friend to use on their tired hands and their cow’s udders!