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 & 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 caramel (delicious!), cheese, soap, bath bombs, 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 goat’s udder clean & moisturized is vital to a healthy/happy 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 (and that works fine), but did you know that you can make your own bag balm at home?
These ingredients work together to moisturize, protect, soften, & clean the udder + it smells great!!
All Natural Bag Balm with Essential Oils
You can watch the full video tutorial here!
- 1 Cup Shea Butter
- 1/4 Cup 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 (see example in the video).
- Add Vitamin E Oil & 10 drops of each essential oil to the melted mixture.
- Pour into mason jars. Make sure that you are using jars suitable for canning because the liquid will be hot & you don’t want to shatter the glass.
- Let the balm solidify for a couple of hours.
- Rub straight onto the udder to clean, moisturize, & 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 & nursing mothers can use it to soothe dry/cracked nipples.
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