The first dairy goat that we raised on our farm was a sweet little Alpine named Charlotte. Charlotte was such an easy milker and an amazing companion animal for our kids (of the human and goat variety). She was already in milk when we purchased her so we were able to collect from her right away!
Her milk was turned into salted caramel (delicious!), crumbly cheese, sudsy soap, fizzy bath bombs, moisturizing lip balms, and more! Our small goat herd now has four pregnant does that are due within the next month so after the babies are weaned we can make these products all over again and I just can’t wait!
Keeping a dairy animal’s udder clean and moisturized is vital to a healthy mama, healthy babies, and a quality product. It is a great practice to use an oil or balm on the udder for hydration and protection.
Many goat owners use whatever balm is offered at their local farm store like the original Bag Balm or Udder Butter (and that works fine), but did you know that you can make your own homemade bag balm?If you have dairy animals then you know the importance of keeping udders from drying & cracking. Find out how to make your own Bag Balm here!Click To Tweet
You can watch the full video tutorial here!
How to Make Homemade Bag Balm
Bag Balm Ingredients
These ingredients work together to moisturize, protect, soften, & clean the udder + it smells great!!
- 1 Cup Shea Butter
- 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil
- 5-10 drops Tee Tree Essential Oil
- 5-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 1/4 Cup Beeswax
- Melt the shea butter, beeswax, olive oil, and coconut oil in a double boiler.
*If you don’t have a double boiler then you can use 2 sauce pans , one slightly larger than the other. To do this, you will need to pour about an inch of water in the larger sauce pan. Place the smaller sauce pan on top of the larger one and place them on a heated stove eye. Put your ingredients in the top pan and stir until melted.
- Add Vitamin E Oil and 5-10 drops of each essential oil to the melted mixture.
- Pour the mixture into clean mason jars. Make sure that you are using jars suitable for canning because the liquid will be hot and you don’t want to shatter the glass. It is also a good idea to run the jars under hot water before pouring the hot bag balm mixture into them.
- Let the balm solidify for a couple of hours.
- Rub straight onto the udder to clean, moisturize, and protect!
- Peppermint Essential Oil can be added to the recipe to help induce milk letdown. This is especially helpful in goats with mastitis.
- You can add a little more beeswax if you want the balm to be more solid or add less beeswax if you want it to be more of a butter (you might even add a little extra shea butter).
- Bag Balm isn’t only for your four-legged friends… It is great as a hand moisturizer for severely dry hands and even for nursing mothers to soothe dry and cracked nipples.
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